Happy days (and nights) at Beal

The Lindisfarne Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and festival-goers, with record-breaking numbers in attendance.

Thursday, 6th September 2018, 10:25 am
Updated Thursday, 6th September 2018, 03:28 am
Lindisfarne Festival 2018 Toby Mottershead Picture by Jane Coltman

Organisers are thrilled with the positive reviews for the three-day music, arts and camping event held at Beal Farm and have confirmed a 20 per cent increase in ticket sales on last year, demonstrating its ever-growing popularity.

The over 18s festival, which this year enjoyed a Vikings and pirates fancy dress theme and played host to more than 200 acts across 10 stages, including headliners Happy Mondays and The Levellers, achieved coveted sell-out status for the first time, with final tickets being snapped up over the weekend.

Lindisfarne Festival 2018 Picture by Jane Coltman

Organisers are going to be pulling out all the stops to ensure the festival, which has a licensed 5,000 capacity, returns stronger again for 2019 with a batch of 500 super early bird tickets being released for sale on September 18.

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Conleth Maenpaa, founder of Lindisfarne Festival, said: “We are totally overwhelmed by the positive response we have had for Lindisfarne Festival 2018. It really was our best festival yet.

“From smashing our crowdfunding target in 2017, growing our footfall to capacity, to the incredible feedback from festivalgoers – the love and support the event has received is truly amazing. Lindisfarne Festival really has captured people’s hearts.

“This is partly testament to the time we have spent over the years growing a community of dedicated partners, volunteers and followers, believing in what we are doing and listening and responding to every piece of feedback so that we can come back stronger each year.

Lindisfarne Festival 2018 Picture by Jane Coltman

“This year, we had 5,000 people on site and the vibe was absolutely incredible from start to finish.

“We went bigger in every aspect; with a lineup of 200 incredible acts and everything from helicopter rides, Turkish steam rooms and showers on site for the first time, meaning people weren’t shy about getting involved in some sweaty rave on zumba, yoga classes or dancing till 4am in the dance tent.”

Next year’s event takes place from August 29-31 and organisers plan to continue on their journey of putting the event firmly on the UK festival map.

Conleth added: “The North East deserves the most immersive and wonderful festival, a festival they can be proud of and one that will be here for years to come.

Lindisfarne Festival 2018 Picture by Jane Coltman

“Over the past four years, we’ve steadily and strategically grown year on year. We started in year one with just 2,000 people and less than 100 acts over just four stages, so we’ve literally more than doubled in size since then. But despite growing significantly, we are still a very intimate festival and that’s what people seem to love the most. We don’t ever want to lose that.

“Next year we’ll not be looking to grow further in size and capacity, instead we’ll be focusing on refining all aspects of the event and making more improvements where we can to make the experience even better for everyone who attends. Whilst it’s amazing to read all the wonderful positive reviews, we are always keen to hear constructive feedback and criticisms too as this will help us improve next year. And of course, we’ll be booking another incredible line-up.”