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I’m always excited to hear about the line-up for Out Of The Trees, the annual festival that takes over the sleepy Northumberland town of Warkworth around Christmas every year. Mainly because I live close by in Morpeth and nothing interesting music-wise ever happens there, but also because it’s one of the friendliest, best run and most interesting events in the region’s musical calendar.

Imagine how gutted I am then, to find out that this year’s 10th anniversary event, taking place on Saturday 3rd January, will be the last. There is a silver lining though, as organisers are hosting a pre-festival event a few days earlier on Tuesday 30th December at Newcastle’s Head of Steam featuring Brighton noise popsters Tyrannosaurus Dead, DIY punx Skull Puppies, purveyors of fuzzy indie pop Baker Island and ex-Shin Jin Rui/O’Messy Life noiseniks Rushers Of Din, all helping to raise awareness for the festival and offer punters that little something extra.

The main event in January will pull together a host of well-loved local performers to play alongside a handful of specially chosen visiting acts. Having helped causes including Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Morden Tower in previous years, this year Out Of The Trees will be donating all proceeds to the Samaritans and with nineteen acts across three venues, the ticket price of £15 is an absolute bargain. Acts already confirmed include St James’ Infirmary, Sea Widows, Horse Loom, Field Head (pictured), Nev Clay and Richard Dawson playing the cosy confines of the Hermitage Inn; Hannah D’Arcy, Cath & Phil Tyler, John Egdell, Union Choir, This Little Bird and Sootytern at Masons Arms (all from 1pm). The Old Memorial Hall comes alive in the evening with performances from Pillow, Yellow Creatures, Trev Gibb, Rice Milk, Life Model, SLUG, and Hyde & Beast.

If all this wasn’t enough, entry into the December gig is free of charge with a festival ticket (£3 otherwise) and transport to Warkworth from Newcastle (and back) is also included in the price.

A wonderful way to ease into the New Year, Out Of The Trees is a truly inspirational event, let’s hope it doesn’t stay away for too long.

Out Of The Trees festival takes place in Warkworth, Northumberland on Saturday 3rd January, the launch event is at Head of Steam, Newcastle on Tuesday 30th December.

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