June 25, 2017 @ 11:16 by Alison Cowie
With tickets sales already ahead by 55% compared to the same time last year, the team are equally delighted to welcome comedian and Punch Drunk founder Kai Humphries to the festival, who along with hosting the main comedy tent at Glastonbury will also be curating this year’s Lindisfarne Festival comedy line-up. With a stellar list of stand-up talent soon to be announced, full details of the line-up will be revealed at their sold-out Punch Drunk event in Blyth on 3rd July featuring Britain’s Got Talent finalist Daliso Chaponda.
Comedian Kai Humphries said:
“Punch-Drunk Comedy has had an outrageous start to 2017, welcoming the likes of Zoe Lyons (LIVE AT The Apollo), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), and Paul Sinha (The Chase) to our stages in Blyth, Bedlington, Ashington, and Cramlington. We absolutely can’t wait for Lindisfarne Festival and are buzzing to have our very own Punch Drunk Comedy tent! A sizeable crowd will be coming with us and we’ve got a destroyer of a lineup, which we can’t wait to share with everyone!”
The 3- day camping festival which promises its strongest line up & entertainment schedule to date will be held once again on Beal Farm, Northumberland from 31st Aug -3rd September 2017 overlooking Holy Island and will play host to recently announced Friday night headliner The View and The Fratellis who will be taking centre stage on Saturday evening.
For those unable to secure tickets to the Somerset showcase, Lindisfarne Festival provides the ideal opportunity to kick-back and enjoy a more intimate, party weekend without fear of being lost in the crowd! A chance to get up close to the music and entertainment, enveloped in a spectacular setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking Holy Island.
With recent funding confirmed from Arts Council England’s ‘Grants for the Arts’ programme and sponsorship from The Alnwick Brewery who will be supporting the event’s main beer tent, organisers will be investing this year in even better on site facilities, music and entertainment to make 2017 the best yet.
Paul Stephenson, General Manager of The Alnwick Brewery said;
“We are delighted to be associated with what has become a fantastic annual showcase of local and international talent right here in Northumberland. The festival is great for the region, providing an ideal platform for local businesses and musicians. Alongside a range of local ales and beers we will be serving up our famous Lindisfarne Mead and newly launched White Knight rum.”
A regular finalist at the UK Festival Awards, the independent Northumberland festival, which prides itself on championing local talent, will also see another strong line up of North East acts including Smoove & Turrell, Dansi, Beth Macari, The Skapones, The Warehouse Announcement, Talk Like Tigers and Hip Hop Hooray. BBC Introducing will also feature prominently at the event, taking over a stage again this year to help put the spotlight on local, unsigned talent.
Conleth Maenpaa, Founder of Lindisfarne Festival commented:
“We are delighted to have a secured such a strong line- up of entertainment for 2017 -it’s certainly our best yet. Now in its 3rdyear, our aim is to grow Lindisfarne Festival into something the region can enjoy for years to come. The UK is home to some truly amazing festivals but we feel very proud to have something special in our own back yard that the North East can call their own.
It’s encouraging to see a huge number of returning ticket buyers year on year indicating we must be doing something right. This year we have invested a lot into entertainment, onsite facilities and design and we are grateful for the support from the Arts Council and The Alnwick Brewery in helping us make this happen.”
With the festival anticipated to be a sell out, people are being urged to buy their tickets early. June will also be the last month to buy one of the instalment tickets that can be purchased for as little as £29 a month for Saturday tickets and £44.50 a month for weekend tickets.
The festival is also offering a range of sponsorship opportunities for local businesses who if interested should contact Danielle Young on firstname.lastname@example.org for details.