A damn good giggle is great for the soul and since day one we've tried to ensure there is laughter in abundance at Lindisfarne Festival.
From musical comedy to some sensational stand-up, we've had some belly-aching performances at the festival in 2015 & 2016. But as with every aspect of this festival - we want to keep on taking things up a notch year after year and the comedy element is no exception.
It therefore gives us great pleasure to be bringing on board Northumberland's very own comedy powerhouse Punch Drunk Comedy! Punch Drunk will be taking over our comedy stage in 2017 to bring the feel-good force of laughter they've become renowed for in the North East over the last 8 years.
Don't get us wrong, we love stuff. Stuff is great and fun and comes in all shapes and sizes. We've got loads of it. Most of which finds its way under the bed, hidden in boxes or at the back of the garage. Yet we can guarantee we'll still end up getting and giving loads more stuff this Christmas.
Baby it’s cold outside, so we’re gonna heat things up at Bar Loco Newcastle next Friday… Join us for a pre-Christmas night of music, dancing & all round festive merriment! No frills, just pure unadulterated Lindisfarne Festival style fun & thrills with a killer lineup to keep you entertained til the early hours.
Lindisfarne Festival 2016 exceeded our wildest dreams. We really could not have wished for a better second festival. To show off all it's amazingness in just 60 seconds is almost impossible - but if you want a little taster of what goes on over the weekend at Northumberland's best festival - check out the 2016 highlights video...
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us! You guys truly rock!!!
We're so happy to be one of the finalists for the Grass Roots Festival Award - a very special national award which recognises 'the courage, commitment and often personal sacrifice invested by their organisers but also celebrates their dedication to retain the authenticity of their festival brand keeping them close to their original roots, supporting local communities and new music, whilst maintaining an independent spirit and resisting commercial saturation'.
As one of seven brothers and sisters, growing up in the Maenpaa household was certainly far from dull. My dad was from America and my mum from County Kildare in Ireland but we spent most of our childhood growing up in a remote part of Cambridgeshire. We lived out in the sticks as they say but we created our own fun and I grew up in a house that hosted plenty of get-togethers and parties. We are a very sociable family and I guess that’s where my love of getting people together and having fun all stems from really.
In 1993 I discovered the wonders of the North East and came to study economics at Northumbria University. Was I academic? Not overly, but I loved my time living in Newcastle, going out and enjoying the music scene; it’s a fantastic region with great people. Little did I know then that one day I’d be back living here and launching a brand new music festival.