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Born out of the desire to create something special for the North East, Lindisfarne Festival has long-established itself as a crown jewel in the region’s live music offering, thanks to its broad array of acts and a steady stream of first class headliners.

From its humble beginnings back in 2015, the festival has gone from strength to strength, expanding year on year whilst continuing to offer a festival experience quite unlike any other within the region. This year’s iteration takes place at the Beal Farm site opposite the iconic Holy Island from Thursday 31st August-Sunday 3rd September, and promises to offer the broadest and strongest offerings yet.

Friday’s headliners are Glasgow’s iconic trailblazers Primal Scream, whose initial beginnings as a jangle pop band gave way to the intense experimentation of 1991’s era-defining Screamadelica (which recently saw an extensive 30th anniversary reissue campaign). They’ve been on quite a varied musical journey since, with the likes of 1999’s gritty XTRMNTR and 2016’s eclectic Chaosmosis showcasing their versatility as a band who are unafraid to take risks and forge new paths. Saturday’s headliners are the equally eclectic and boundary-pushing electronic rock group Pendulum. Hailing from Perth, Australia, the quintet have long secured a solid reputation for merging the melodic riffage of rock with the ferocious beats and low-frequency sonics of dance music, with 2010’s Immersion (and its inescapable lead single Watercolour) being a particularly iconic release of the era.

the festival has gone from strength to strength, expanding year on year whilst continuing to offer a festival experience quite unlike any other within the region

There’s also a wealth of acclaimed and notable acts playing across the weekend, including The Unthanks, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Stereo MCs, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, The Cuban Brothers, Ferocious Dog, The Bootleg Beatles, Showhawk Duo, Henge, and a DJ set from Dub Pistols.

As always, there is also a broad array of fresh and fledging talent on the bill, including the likes of IMOGEN, Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, Shannon Pearl, Dilutey Juice, The Laurettes, Hot Sauce Trio and C-Collective (all on Friday) and Komparrison, India Arkin, Blistered Molly, Muckle, motopia, Not Now Norman and The Lancashire Hotpots (on Saturday).

Across the weekend, a broad array of iconic and legendary DJs will descend on Lindisfarne Festival from across the region and beyond. Friday sees live performances and sets from the likes of Mick Hedley, Stereo45, KlumzyKhemist, Mrs Magoo, King Fred and Man On Wax, whilst Saturday sees Gone Squatchin, Golden Shields, Ruckuz and Spectra, Melba and e-Kitty, Mudfoot Blaps and DJ Smurf.

It’s not all about the music however! Live entertainment comes from the likes of SPARK! World Beaters, PyroCeltica and Fiery Little T, and there’s a broad array of holistic therapies, yoga and meditation classes, live spoken word in the Born Lippy Takeover, and some side-splitting performances in the Punch Drunk Comedy tent!

All in all, it’s an extraordinary testament to the hard graft Lindisfarne Festival have put to making their mark on the festival calendar!

Lindisfarne Festival takes place at Beal Farm, Northumberland from Thursday 31st August-Sunday 3rd September.

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