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I recently had the fantastic opportunity to attend one of the North’s most highly anticipated festivals situated along the idyllic Northumberland coastline, and I can confirm, Lindisfarne Festival certainly did not disappoint. From unexpected flash mobs and wildly eclectic performances to temporary glitter tattoos and chai tea lattes, this event was the definition of a great time. 

In the run up to the event itself, I had the pleasure of interviewing the festival’s organiser Conleth Maenpaa, along with a selection of artists who would be performing. Conleth explained that Lindisfarne’s mission is to bring together people from all walks of life to celebrate some of life’s greatest treasures: music, art and nature. In addition, multi-genre DJ and producer from Newcastle Amy Warehouse (who gave a brilliant performance at the Crypt Stage), described Lindisfarne as an “unreal” festival that “never disappoints”, having also performed there in 2021. I was definitely intrigued as to whether such bold claims would match up with the final execution, yet given the undisputed excitement from everyone I’d spoken to, this undoubtedly initiated an inner sense of elation.

When one thinks of music festivals, unfortunately, there can sometimes be a relation to messy, unorganised and overall detestable campsites thanks to the likes of Leeds and Reading. However, with clearly marked, spacious areas to pitch your tent, strict alcohol regulations, and an abundance of facilities including toilets and showers, this gave an added bonus of comfort to the festival experience. If you were feeling boujee you could even glamp! My initial reaction upon arrival was clear organisation and a priority towards the people – a matter clearly stated in their motto.

One of the greatest things about Lindisfarne Festival: you could never be bored. With eight different stages, there were hundreds of artists to visit and I discovered brand new genres to add to my Spotify playlists. Even though a couple of bands were unable to play (Zela and Roni Size pulled out due to illness), this was quickly communicated by the organisers via social media and replacement entertainment was devised to avoid audience disappointment, whilst also providing further artistic diversity. I managed to catch up with a couple of the artists I had previously interviewed, and to hear their joy for the event as a whole was refreshing. Particularly during the performances of Lottie Willis and Dilutey Juice, each artist successfully conveyed something original – for Lottie it was female empowerment and for Dilutey Juice it was conviction and energy.         

If the music and art wasn’t enough, distinct sections advertised a variety of food, drink and activities, featuring an incredibly inclusive array of choice. If you wanted to wake up at 7am for a yoga class, or escape the hustle and bustle of the busy main stage for a quick relaxing massage, you certainly could. It’s safe to say this has to be the most unique festival I have ever been to.     

The headliners for the festival this year sparked a considerable amount of enthusiasm, and although Rudimental have a decent reputation for upbeat live performances, it was Madness who arguably stole the show. From their flawless song choices to the constant audience interaction, Madness knew how to get the crowd going in the best possible way. This success was evident through the vast representation of different ages – I think there must have been someone from each age group watching this iconic group. It really does go to show that the prestige of older bands can continue to travel through the generations. 

Despite the endless entertainment, I think my favourite part of the entire experience was the camaraderie and enthusiasm of all those in attendance. To be in a unique situation where like-minded people are dancing and singing carelessly under the stars to a band you’ve all dreamt of seeing is magically unexplainable. It’s incredible how such a large-scale event fuelled by a unanimous passion for music and the arts can create an environment of togetherness and intimacy.    

If this year’s event was anything to go by, next year definitely won’t be one to miss. Lindisfarne festival’s popularity is growing rapidly, giving up-and-coming artists an even bigger stage for exposure and recognition. It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover, relax and enjoy with friends – there’s something for everyone.

Warmduscher perform onstage at Lindisfarne Festival. 2nd September

Warmduscher perform onstage at Lindisfarne Festival. 2nd September 2022.

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