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In a part of the country not particularly renowned for its festival scene, Holme Festival has been a welcome addition to the landscape in recent years. A dedicated troupe of partygoers will be converging on an otherwise sleepy corner of County Durham for a weekend of art, wellness and (most crucially) tunes from Friday 5th– Sunday 7th July. The intimacy of the location and the friendliness of the crowd means it sits somewhere between a festival and a BBQ with your mates. This is no bad thing in an era of rampant commercialisation; a stress-free and vibes-focus weekender.

The festival will kick off with the traditional drag show, with 13 kings and queens opening the weekend in style. Musically, the line-up is mainly comprised of North East-based artists involved in hosting or performing at some of the region’s best club nights. Diz is one of the most renowned house selectors in Newcastle, with his Waxinated parties hosting Ben Caldwell and Elliot Adamson in Newcastle’s Ouseburn district. DADs are another who have been making a serious impression on Newcastle’s club scene, having brought their bass-heavy garage sets to World Headquarters and SR44 in recent months. Having now released their single Wub1Out on Noise Pollution Recordings, they’re certainly one to keep an eye out for.

From further afield Jozette, who founded the Polka Dot Disco Club, a collective which aims to empower marginalised genders within the electronic music scene, will be making the trip from Scotland to light up the dancefloor once again. Jacklyn, Westy, Santa Leticia and Abby Harris are among the faces making their debut at this year’s festival.

There’s much more besides, with a full programme of wellness activities designed to revive even the weariest of festival goers. They’ll be led by the likes of Newcastle-based Spiritual Baddie and Eleni (Shaman), who will be providing yoga, movement, sound-gong and aromatherapy with much more besides. The food selection is similarly nourishing, with exceptional vegetarian food being served up by the Canny Butterfly Café alongside Junk Soul Smothered psychedelic burgers.

If this year’s festival has built upon the successful foundations of the last two years, it ought to be another exceptional weekend in the secret garden.

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