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After having previous success organising successful food and music festivals across the region for a number of years, Tony and Bruce, from Guerilla PA and Dubfest respectively, have teamed up to bring us a brand new music festival on the Northumberland coastline. Named after the nearby river and island, Coquetfest, which takes place between Friday 4th and Sunday 6th September, is designed to be a showcase for both local and national bands, as well as a super fun day out for all the family.

Across three stages over three days, over 30 bands will be performing, encompassing every genre the spectrum has to offer. On Saturday night, nine-piece ska juggernaut Bombskare are headlining the event, fresh from some of the biggest festivals in the UK. Dexys Midnight Runners trombonist Big Jim Paterson will joining reggae band Urang Matang for their set, while Blondie tribute band Dirty Harry are playing on Friday alongside local heroes Fickle Lily.

A whole host of local acts have also been confirmed for sets across the three days, including indie-pop band Street Party in Soho, energetic folk group Gilded Thieves, one-man wonky-pop juggernaut The Shooting Of, folk-pop troubadour Charlie Dancer, cult heroes Dennis and many more.

There’s much more to enjoy than just the music, though. Throughout the year, Druridge Bay County Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and watersport fanatics, so budding ornithologists and jet skiers can still enjoy the pleasures that the location has to offer. There’ll also be a showcase of vintage vehicles and motorbikes as well as fairground rides to keep the kids entertained.

Tickets for the event, including camping for the whole weekend, are now on sale. If you’re looking for a combination of beer, bands and the beach, then look no further.

Coquetfest takes place between Friday 4th and Sunday 6th September at Druridge Bay County Park, Northumberland.

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