People of the North East, unite! Gone are the days where we’re left with lukewarm cider watching the rejects of Pop Idol prance and lip sync around a stage on the fish quay. We’re getting a festival. A proper, grown-up festival, over a weekend in (hopefully!) sunny August, held in one of our region’s most beautiful and historic spots: Hadrian’s Wall. Enter, Festival on the Wall.
Last week, the first phase of headliners was announced and it’s quite the lineup so far. We’ll be blessed with performances from Noughties indie bad lads The Libertines, uptown funker Mark Ronson, local lads Maximo Park, The Pet Shop Boys (one for me Mam), JP Cooper, Twin Atlantic, Calum Scott, MNEK and The Sherlocks.
And they’re only getting started! I’ve been told by the people-in-the-know at Festival on the Wall that they’ll be releasing more news on the lineup over the coming weeks and months.
The difference between this one and the festivals we’ve been blessed with in the past, such as your Evolution festival for example, is that this is a proper camping experience festival. Held on 350 acres of privately-owned farmland near Hadrian’s Wall, the organisers have gone all out on creating the EXPERIENCE.
You can expect the likes of VIP camping, a roller disco, something they’re calling The Witchcraft Woods, a Hot Tub Sanctuary (SIGN ME UP!), something ominously named The Thunderdome and the infamous festival bar, Beefy Melons. You might be familiar with the latter if you’ve ever been to Benicassim, Latitude, Sonosphere or The Big Chill. It gets around a bit.
Then there’s the food. And let’s face it, this will play a big part in the festival experience, since we’re lucky enough to have the best of the street food scene right on our doorstep. No foodie announcements have been made as yet, but needless to say I’m hoping for the likes of Fat Hippo and Papa Ganoush cooking up a storm on the fields of Festival on the Wall. A girl can hope!
You may also recall, from our Facebook page last year, that I attended Events in the Sky at The Sage. You’ll also no doubt be thrilled to hear that the 100ft dining experience will be making an appearance at Festival on the Wall, with some awesome restaurants getting involved to impress diners. The Quayside ‘Dine in the Sky’ was brilliant, and I can imagine dining above a field of revellers would be quite the experience to remember.
Oh, and you know what the best part is? Not only are we getting a proper festival up here in the North East, but it’s also partnered with global children’s charity, Unicef, with £10 from every ticket sold going straight to the charity. Doing good whilst enjoying good things – what could be better!? The organisers are also passionate about getting behind young people in our region, offering work experience placements for Newcastle College students, along with the chance to perform for their music students.
Right now there’s plenty of information for those considering tickets on their website, where you can also sign up to the newsletter and be the first in the know when the latest headliners are announced. Keep ’em peeled.
Discover news as it happens about Festival on the Wall via their Facebook and Twitter pages. Or you can keep an eye on my updates here, as I’ll be getting updates straight from the source. You choose!