Support Your Festivals or See Them Disappear; the Demise of Music Festival Down to the Woods before It Made Its Debut Has Prompted Conleth Maenpaa - Founder of the Lindisfarne Festival - to Make a Rallying Cry. SAM WONFOR Reports

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Support Your Festivals or See Them Disappear; the Demise of Music Festival Down to the Woods before It Made Its Debut Has Prompted Conleth Maenpaa - Founder of the Lindisfarne Festival - to Make a Rallying Cry. SAM WONFOR Reports


Byline: SAM WONFOR

LAST week's cancellation of North East festival Down to the Woods has prompted the founder of the upcoming Lindisfarne Festival to call on North East lovers of music and culture to get behind the region's homegrown gatherings - or risk losing them.

Conleth Maenpaa, who successfully debuted the two-day festival overlooking Holy Island in 2015, felt compelled to rally support for independent North East events after the organisers of what was to be the inaugural Down to the Woods event at Hardwick Hall in County Durham (replacing the Hardwick Live gatherings of recent years) blamed poor ticket sales and the current financial climate for their decision to pull the plug on the 2016 festival.

Rocking headliners Primal Scream, Echo and the Bunnymen, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Chase and Status had been due to take to the stage on August 13.

Conleth 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."

Although recognising that festivals faced a tough and competitive market, Conleth said the Lindisfarne Festival, which will take place once again at Beal Farm from September 1-4, had been enjoying a steady stream of ticket sales. But although they are expecting a sell-out event for 2016, he added that waiting until late in the day to purchase tickets could threaten the future of similar events.

"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."

While encouraging people to support events such as the Lindisfarne Festival, Conleth also said he wanted to make people aware of the host of loveliness which can be derived from getting yourself to a festival. …

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