Bringing steampunk to county
A steampunk festival is set to be held in North Northumberland this summer.
Airship Northstar is a full weekend celebration of steampunk, created by Impossible Gears and set in Ford and Etal Estates.
Featuring music, food, drink, jetpack racing, tea duelling, teapot racing, camping and general merriment of many sorts – plus a number of attractions and activities unique to the historic estate, it is the first event of its kind in the county and will take place from June 24 to 26.
Daniel Dunlavey, from Impossible Gears, said: “I chose Ford and Etal because I fell in love with the place the first time I visited, some 20 odd years ago.
“I’ve wanted to do a steampunk event in Northumberland for a number of years, and the estate was just the perfect fit.
“The scenery is beautiful, it’s crammed full with stunning historic buildings, and the residents are so welcoming.
“There’s not many places that can boast a watermill, a steam train and two castles either!
“A number of local businesses and attractions have embraced the event, including the estate itself, Kimmerston Riding Centre and Woody’s Taxis, who are all offering discounts of various types to those attending – it’s lovely to work with local people so that everyone benefits from the event, rather than just using the place as a backdrop – if any other company’s want to get involved too, they’d be very welcome.
“It’s also nice to be able to offer the most northerly, large steampunk event in the UK, making it easier for those in the North and Scotland to attend, though we have people coming from all over the UK.
“I’m hoping to make Airship Northstar an annual event that can grow over the coming years, and I can’t think of a better home for it than Northumberland.”
The weekend will feature music from Montague Jacques Fromage and the Steampunk Funk Bizarre, Dale Rowles of BB Blackdog, Gurdybird and Victor and the Bully – including performances by Miss on Trapp, The Steampunk Angels, Scarlet Butterfly, Titi von Tranz, Fleur Noire and the spectacular Pixie Le Knot – and that’s just on the Friday night.
Saturday will see sets from Metropolis, The Dark Design, Kiss Like Ether, Little Red Dog, The Wattingers, Birthrite and the North East’s own Driven Serious, and Sunday will lend itself to a Crafternoon Tea as well as a chill-out lounge.
Keep up to date with the event on Facebook. For tickets see the fact box.