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The Ordinaryson band members decided to create their own festival on the grounds of the Holmes’s Allerdean estate where rehearsals take place for the bands’ shows.

It’s an organic home-grown festival incorporating local talent and touring artists.
In the sheds and barns, littered with tractors, ponds and farmyard animals.. 
A place for young and old with children’s activities, great bands on stage, jam tents, fun games for the adults and kids alike.. and of course the Holmesfest bar.  

Free range chickens and ducks roaming among the crowds. Set in the natural Northumberland surroundings, the festival site is in the grounds of the Holmes’s family buildings which adds to the quirky and unique experience. 

At the bar – Holmesfest bar’s wheel of Justice.. a chance to have some fun spinning the wheel for novelty prizes including t-shits, cocktails, shots and the legendary chilli egg’s (famous local snack invented by a local culinary wizzard – Adi) Local caterers add to the festival vibe with Well Hung n Tenders amazing burgers and sides.

It’s a festival of limited size and the Ordinaryson guys are aiming to keep it that way so that the emphasis is on local people, local products and an opportunity for young upcoming bands to show their talents while their friends and family enjoy a great weekend dancing, camping and relaxing.

Ahead of their appearance at Holmesfest on which is taking place at Allerdean Mill just outside of Berwick-upon-Tweed on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of June​, we caught up with Ian Thompson from Ordinaryson to find out five festival favourites. 

Freedom of Festivals
The feeling that everyone is the same, they all have to rough it in a camper van or a tent.. and the freedom from the ordinary day to day grind is a breath of fresh air. Almost like an escape bubble for the weekend

Smells…..
There’s something unique about the smells at festivals! either delicious food stalls, smoke machines filling the air, fires burning, the smell of the fields and farmlands.. the soil.. all so natural and welcoming.

People
Festivals always bring the most different types of people together and the conversations late at night never hold limitation. Because people feel that freedom in an open space, they are able to express themselves more. You always see mad folks dressed up in crazy outfits.. the inhibition of festivals gives you a chance to meet new people and sometimes make lasting friends.

Music Gems
Some of the best bands have been heard at festivals, sometimes you never even find out their name but you just indulge in their music at that moment in time.. Festivals are one of the best places to find new music talent and if the sun’s out and the fields are full it can be the most magical experience on earth.

Late Night Electronics
Electronic music blasting from massive sub speakers and the dancing.. People love to dance and there’s nothing better than rinsing to your favourite electronic music in a field at 4am – when the music takes over and the atmosphere transcends into the kind of vibe you can only find at a festival. We love it.

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