Were you a pirate, a Viking or just a party animal?
Lindisfarne Festival is over for another year – yes, it’s another 12 months until Beal Farm opens its gates to 5000 souls who are ready to dance, love and laugh like never before. It’s safe to say that the three-day event is blossoming with each passing year and is fast becoming the number one fix for music, the arts and camping.
Picture this: waking and escaping the depths of your tent in search of your much-needed caffeine rush, and finding so much more. A breathtaking view of the sunrise over Holy Island, and a fellow, glittery festival-goer clinging onto their Viking hat fondly, along with last night’s memories – what a way to start the day.
The smaller capacity of the festival works wonders and makes for an intimate infusion of arts and creativity with every turn. The walk to the main arena is basked in art, fire pits, dancers, fairy lights and fantasy, not to mention a whole load of amazing people. There’s an undeniable, magical energy about the place; and the bass from the music pounds below your feet, like the festival’s very own heartbeat.
Recovering from a hangover is never easy work, but Lindisfarne HQ have that covered. Friday evening’s dance tents are transformed into a haven of tranquillity, with yoga and meditation classes soothing the body and mind. Cross over to the other side of the hay bales and find yourself lost in the beautiful sound of Martha Raine, a Lindisfarne-born singer-songwriter gifted with vocals so serene that you’re drawn into her presence. Blessed with a 45-minute set, including a haunting rendition of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, festival-goers left replenished and ready for another spectacular day on Beal Farm.
Saturday evening saw acoustic-trance pioneers The Showhawk Duo take to the main Shorefields Stage. The pair have an incredible gift, with their virtuosic guitar skills temporarily transporting revellers to an Ibiza club. Smashing out classic after classic, from Tiesto to Daft Punk, crowds were left in a state of euphoria as their epic set drew to a close.
Festival headliners The Levellers closed the main stage with a set packed to the brim with fiddles, folk and out-right fun. Although faced with a few minor sound difficulties, the Brighton legends tore through their iconic catalogue of classics, with tracks such as ‘One Way’, ‘Another Man’s Cause’, ‘Riverflow’ and ‘What a Beautiful Day.’
What a beautiful day, indeed. Is it time to go back yet?