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You may be shoving your SPF 50 sunscreen to the back of the toiletry cupboard, hoying your flip flops in the wheelie bin and sighing at the empty bottles of Pimms in the back garden as the summer declines to a measly halt, but don’t be so quick as to start dusting off your onesies and creating a perfectly rounded dent in the sofa for intense Game of Thrones binging just yet.

Lindisfarne Festival graces Beal Farm in Northumberland from Thursday 1st September until Sunday 4th September for a triumphant second year, brimming at the seams with acts old and new, big and small and all of the in-between.

As we all keep our fingers crossed for Mr Blue Sky to have an easy temper for the length of the weekend, Friday’s offering comes in the formation of Brighton’s experimental idiosyncratic six-piece British Sea Power, stronghold festival veterans and crooners of the blights of Sunderland. Renowned for their beautifully haunting live performances, their indie rock concoctions have delighted the ears of many since they formed in 2000, and as they hail three members who originate from Cumbria, it almost feels like a homecoming gig.

Bouncing back for a thrilling Saturday headline slot will be the best thing to come out of Glastonbury since the festival itself, Reef. Fronted by the eternally energetic Gary Stringer and with Jesse Wood as a replacement guitarist (yes, as in The Rolling Stones’ sprog), the revitalised rockers are better than ever, still thriving off the same passion as they did before they hit the big time on the Sony MiniDisc TV advert.

brimming at the seams with acts old and new, big and small and all of the in-between

A selection of other incredible acts across the weekend includes local sweethearts Little Comets, the DIY five-piece whose topical lyricism, beautiful melodies and down to earth personas combine all the necessities for a perfect indie band; funk-infused, sensual, jaw-dropping and downright incredible Cuban Brothers, who’ll present an explosion of dancing and comedic Latin energy that has charmed the pants off big names such as Richard Branson, Elton John and Robbie Williams; and also being squidged onto the boastful bill is Glasgow’s C Duncan, who will be delivering his lo-fi folk and rough eloquence with ease.

The James Taylor Quartet, Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus, Fatherson, Beardyman and Molotov Jukebox are also featured, while local bands such as Lisbon, Velvoir, Shields, Cattle & Cane and The Baghdaddies fly the flag high for our talented region.

The festival is over 18’s only, but there’s no need for strictly sensible behaviour, with house music extraordinaire Glen Horsborough supplying heavy bangers to last the night in the dance marquee, flocked by other disc jockeys such as Tokyo Acid CRU, Funkliners, Mark Lowry and Raw Vibe.

Don’t let the scenic views of Holy Island and eclectic selection of music be the only thing to coax you in; Lindisfarne will also host a range of workshops, street performers, independent food markets, evening bonfires, a BBC Introducing stage featuring a stonking list of local talent which includes Dom Zilla, The Great & The Magnificent, Coquin Migale, A Festival A Parade and SoShe, comedy and poetry tents and even a glamping area if the thought of getting caked in mud makes you quiver in your wellies.

Lindisfarne Festival takes place at Beal Farm, Northumberland from Thursday 1st until Sunday 4th September.

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