The Bernicia Festival has had to find a new home, for the very best of reasons.
Following a big surge in demand for tickets, the South Shields leg of the live music festival taking place on August 30, will now be staged in Gypsies Green, which has double the capacity of the Customs House, where it was going to happen.
Now the event will be able to welcome double the 500-capacity of the theatre... as well as sport more of a festival feel, thanks to its new outdoor location.
Looking at the line up, it’s not hard to see why people have been scrabbling to bag themselves a spot in front of the stage.
Fresh from a top drawer slot at the Split Festival in Sunderland, Hyde and Beast will headline along with The Lake Poets, Vinyl Jackets, Ajimal, Grandfather Birds, Little Bird, Tissue Culture, Playlounge, Ryan Bird, Cohesion, Rising Opener and Mouses.
And that’s all before the event moves to Spanish City Plaza in Whitley Bay the following day with an equally exciting line up including Bridie Jackson And The Arbour, Boy Jumps Ship, Shields, Lilliput, Goodbye Chanel, Spook School, The Dead Generosities, Dalaro, Sam Fender, Suntrapp and Immy Williams.
Festival co-ordinator Emma Howe said: “We’re thrilled to announce the move to Gypsies Green Stadium for next Saturday’s event.
“It’s such an iconic location in South Shields and allows us to host a bigger capacity on our first day, after an overwhelming demand for tickets.
“Last year we had 500 people and the event was indoors and now we’re outside in this iconic stadium giving the event a real festival feel. We couldn’t be more grateful to South Tyneside Council and The Customs House for making this happen.
“It just shows how enthusiastic the people involved in events in South Tyneside are about local music and that we can rely on their support in the future as we look to make Bernicia Festival a regular part of Tyneside’s summer events calendar.”
Customs House executive director Ray Spencer, MBE, added: “The Bernicia Festival was such a hit last year we were keen to bring it back and it’s fantastic that this year’s event will be outdoors.
“Gypsies Green will be a great venue for Bernicia and with the support of our friends at South Tyneside Council, we’re looking forward to another fantastic festival.”
For more details of the line ups and details on how to book tickets visit www.berniciafestival.co.uk . You can also follow festival announcements on twitter @BerniciaFest