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It’s been well publicised that music festivals are dying. Increasing costs, reduction in funding and times of austerity have taken its toll on some of the region’s most loved music festivals over the years (Stockton Weekender, Split Festival, Richmond Live). In the North-East we are lucky to have some exciting and engaging music festivals but not many can match the beautiful setting and vibrant atmosphere of Lindisfarne Festival. The festival, which showcases a variety of genres, is hoping to return in 2020 (3rd-6th September) but can only do that if a minimum of £85k (approx. 1000 tickets) are sold during a 1- month crowdfunding campaign which has launched tonight. 

It is something the organisers have to do to avoid cancelling a festival that has worked hard to build its reputation as the ultimate end-of-summer party, as Conleth Maenpaa, Founder of Lindisfarne Festival explains. “We’re so proud of how far Lindisfarne Festival has come over the last five years. This year’s event was truly spectacular from start to finish (definitely our best event by far!) and the feedback received has been really outstanding. It will be devastating if we have to pull the plug on things next year, but as an independent festival it’s almost impossible to put on a quality event without some significant capital from the outset, which is why going back down the crowdfunding route is our only option for 2020.”

The Lindisfarne Festival 2020 Crowdfunder campaign, which went live at 7pm aims to reach its target by 31st October through a range of early bird ticket sales, merchandise purchases and goodwill donations from those who want to see the festival thrive in 2020. The funding raised will enable organisers to invest in the necessary infrastructure, artists and suppliers needed to see the festival return next year. To support the ‘All Or Nothing’ campaign and see what’s on offer, click here.

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