Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Holy Host of Headliners and Much More to Shout about at Lindisfarne; If a Festival Does It Right, It's about More Than Just the Music. SAM WONFOR Finds the Organisers of the Lindisfarne Festival Making Sure This Is the Case

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Holy Host of Headliners and Much More to Shout about at Lindisfarne; If a Festival Does It Right, It's about More Than Just the Music. SAM WONFOR Finds the Organisers of the Lindisfarne Festival Making Sure This Is the Case

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IT'S often the musical headliners who get the headlines when it comes to festivals - well, the clue is in their title - but those creative people at the Lindisfarne Festival are keen to shout about all the other stuff which will come part and parcel of the event when it returns for a second year.

As well as line-up leaders Reef and British Sea Power, the Northumberland festival, which must be up there with the most picturesque settings in the UK, is also boasting a crowd of other opportunities to have a good time.

Taking place at Beal Farm from September 1-4, proceedings will hit the ground running with and eclectic menu of stuff to do.

From a Thursday-night opening, music till 4am, workshops, highend food vendors, glamping, street performers, an evening bonfire, the BBC Introducing Stage, DJ, comedy and poetry marquees, there really does seem to be something for everyone at this year's event, which is once again exclusively for the over 18s.

For starters, the festival will open its doors on Thursday to give people the chance to pitch up and enjoy some warm-up entertainment from a range of acts including the spellbinding Hannabiel and the Midnight Blue.

The event will also showcase the best in up and coming North East talent on the BBC Introducing Stage, another new feature for 2016. And although we're keen to showcase the none-headliner information here, it's worth mentioning that Coquin Migale, recently signed to Fierce Panda, will be leading the charge on Saturday.

If the spoken word is your thing, the Jibba Jabba poetry tent will make a comeback this year, featuring both Kate Fox and Rowan McCabe among others.

Meanwhile, giddy laughter will be the order of the day in the comedy marquee, which has Duncan Oakley, Mick Ferry and David Hadringham heading up the bill.

Given the location of the Lindisfarne Festival - namely overlooking the wonder of Holy Island - it's a knocking bet many will be looking to watch the dawn break. And if you'd rather see this particular sight before you go to bed, rather than afterwards, a roster of DJs will offer the chance to dance until sunrise with Shindig's Mark Lowry and Let Their Be House DJ, Glen Horsborough being just two. …

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