Lindisfarne Festival founder encourages the public to support independent music festivals

following the cancellation of Down To The Woods

By Scott Williams | Published: Wed 29th Jun 2016

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Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September 2016
Beal Farm, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2PB, England MAP
£90 for the weekend
Daily capacity: 3,000
Last updated: Tue 30th Aug 2016

Following the cancellation of Down To The Woods which was set to feature Primal Scream and Chase and Status because of the "present financial climate and current ticket sales" Conleth Maenpaa, Founder of Lindisfarne Festival has urged the public to support local independent music festivals this year.

Down to the Woods was due to be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2016 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, in County Durham, with an adult weekend ticket costing £99. Down To The Woods weekend ticket holders may swap their ticket for a weekend ticket at Kendal Calling with camping included at no extra charge.

Conleth Maenpaa, Founder, Lindisfarne Festival said, "We were very disappointed to learn about the cancellation of Down to the Woods, a fellow independent North East festival with a great line up to boot. Last year also sadly saw the cancellation of The Northern Lights event in Newcastle and there seems to be a growing trend of smaller independents across the country also having to close. We are really keen to urge people to get behind our local festivals, to join in the fun and help protect their future and legacy.

"Whilst the market is tough out there, we are lucky to be seeing a steady stream of ticket sales for Lindisfarne Festival 2016... I think what makes it difficult, is that the public know that a lot of these North East festivals won’t sell out straight away, hence waiting to purchase tickets till nearer to the time. This can make it hard for organisers to plan, when you are anticipating demand ahead of the event, knowing how much to invest and so forth.

"As well as offering up a great cultural and musical experience, our festivals offer so much more than the entertainment. A moment of pure escapism and a chance to forget the stresses of the outside world for a little while. An opportunity to switch off and immerse yourself in the ambience that only great festivals can provide, where nothing matters but being in the here and now, having a great time, bonding with friends and making new ones too.

"A festival goes far beyond a music line up. It’s a celebration of arts, culture and nature. To think we have all this in our backyard, just off the A1 and in one of the most spectacularly beautiful locations in Northumberland, without the need for extended travel, is great. It’s a wonderful opportunity for both veteran and new festival goers and we encourage people to come along and join in the fun.

"Our North East festivals also offer so much for the region, culturally and economically, bringing in visitors far and wide and helping to put our location on the map, so it’s really important we get behind them if we want them to stay. With Lindisfarne Festival we have plans to create a festival that generations can enjoy for years to come, but to achieve that, it takes time and continued support.

"This year our event will be even bigger and better and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to help us achieve that. As a gesture of good will and in support of our North East festivals, for a limited period, we would like to offer the first 100 people, a chance to purchase a Lindisfarne Festival ticket at the special reduced rate of 20% off. Simply use code NEfestival20 at the online checkout via the link. We hope people will be able to join us for what promises to be another great weekend."

The 2nd Lindisfarne Festival taking place on Beal Farm, in Northumberland from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September 2016, Friday headliner will be British Sea Power, and Reef have been confirmed as Saturday evening headliner. The Cuban Brothers, Beardyman, Little Comets, Molotov Jukebox, C Duncan, Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus, Fatherson, Glen Horsborough, The Baghdaddies, James Taylor Quartet, ChainSka Brassika, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, King Bee, Social Room, Velvoir, Mudfoot Blaps, Lisbon, Shields, The Church, Colonel Mustard and Dijon Five, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, Blue Rose Code, The Elephant Sessions, Funkliners, Pinact, Cattle & Cane, Miss McQ, M1 Dukebox, The Happy Cats, Hip Hop Hooray, and more are confirmed

The festival which overlooks the mystical Holy Island will also feature a range of DJs, holistic therapies, creative arts and a wide selection of high quality local food and ale. This year campers will also be given the opportunity to arrive early on the Thursday evening, to settle in, pitch their tents and enjoy some light entertainment before the main event starts on the Friday afternoon.  Entertainment will be on until 4am for anyone wanting to dance till dawn.

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Tickets are priced at £68 for the weekend, £10 for parking, and £20 for a live-in vehicle, using code NEfestival20 at the online checkout.

The Lindisfarne Festival is an intimate 2 day camping festival with a capacity for 2000. The event promises to have something for everyone and includes music from indie rock, soul and funk, blues, folk and jazz to hip hop.

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