From humble beginnings…
Born out of the desire to create something special for the North East, Lindisfarne Festival came to life in early September 2015, when a 2000 strong crowd descended onto the glorious fields at Beal Farm to experience a weekend like no other.
From Friday evening through to the early hours of Sunday, the inaugral festival played host to an incredible variety of both local and world renowned musicians and DJs (including Craig Charles, Reverend & the Makers, Public Service Broadcasting, The Skints, DJ Yoda), who performed an eclectic mix of indie, funk, rock, folk and dance music across four intimate music marquee venues.
Following a damn good first event - we received incredible feedback (and a few constructive criticisms) and 3 UK Festival Award nominations - making the shortlist for UK's Best New Festival!
We live and we learn...
Lindisfarne Festival returned to Beal Farm in 2016 with a slightly bigger capacity (2500), an even bigger lineup and an extra night of awesomeness. The 3 night / 2 day festival saw performances from more than 70 acts including headliners Reef and British Sea Power as well as a crowd of homegrown talent such as Little Comets, Molotov Jukebox, Cuban Brothers, Fatherson, James Taylor Quartet, Kathryn Tickell & The Baghdaddies.
We listened to all the feedback and sorted the toilets (which were pristine and pleasant even on Sunday morning). We made the site smaller and more intimate, we added a Glamping area, more workshops and a dedicated dance tent. We also added a new emerging talent stage, which was taken over by BBC introducing on Saturday afternoon, showcasing the North East's top up & coming talent.
As an event, the 2016 festival could not have gone much better - with amazing reviews from both our festival-goers and the media rolling in by the masses. We were nominated for Best Small Festival, Best Toilets and the Grass Roots Award in the 2016 UK Festival Awards.
Over the line...
Generally, 2016 was a tricky year for the festival industry with a lot of smaller festivals falling by the wayside and even some of the bigger players being forced to take some time off. Despite a tough (and mentally torturous) year for our small team of organisers, Lindisfarne Festival made it over the line and firmly established itself as a real contender on the small UK festival circuit.
Blessed with glorious sunshine, a 4000 strong crowd of happy, smiling festivalgoers and a star studded lineup of over 100+ acts (featuring The Fratellis, The View, Fun' Lovin Criminals' Huey Morgan, Norman Jay MBE & many more), 2017 truly was the making of a festival which could stand it's ground in tough economical times, supported by a wonderful team and community.
The 2017 festival saw our vision come alive in all it's glory, as partners and punters came together to showcase and support a broad range of talent across multiple genres and artistic disciplines. Opportunities were provided for more aspiring artists and performers through partnerships with BBC Music Introducing, Musicians Against Homelessness, CoMusica and Inspired Support CIC.
Off the back of the 2017 event, as phenomenal feedback and award nominations rolled in left, right & centre, a crowdfunding campaign was launched with an all or nothing £70k target to kickstart plans for the 2018 festival. The target was smashed by deadline day, setting a festival Crowdfunder record and now there's no stopping us!
The future is still in (y)our hands...
We have an unbelieveable vision for what Lindisfarne Festival can become and we will continue listen and learn and work tirelessly to bring that vision to life year after year.
With our commitment to staying independent and growing organically, without losing our much loved intimate and community vibe, 2018 is looking set to be our most phenomenal festival to date! Do join us as the story continues to unfold... Get your tickets now