Gig Guide: Lindisfarne Festival

Lindisfarne Festival has been a highlight for North East based festival-goers for the past few years. With a mixture of local acts and nationally renowned names, Lindisfarne is a perfect way to signal the end of summer. Based on Berwick’s Beal Farm, this year’s Lindisfarne Festival is a particularly exciting one.

Yes, mid-noughties stars The Fratellis and The View are headlining. Here at TheRootMusic, we’re more interested in The Bridge takeover taking place on Saturday night. We spoke to Sandy Duff who has “been involved since the start” of Lindisfarne Festival “building up the dance and graffiti elements.”

Sandy  also organised this year’s UK hip-hop festival The Bridge, based in Gateshead. Sandy said that “this year I really wanted to rep North East hip-hop. The rap scene is a real passion of mine and I feel the current vibe in the local community is strong.”

There’s no question that North East hip-hop is fully represented at Lindisfarne Festival. Saturday night hosts a who’s-who of the scene’s best known rappers. From Leddie MC to The Skrufz and Max Gavins to Wardle. Not to mention, Reali-T, 90BRO, Kema Kay, The Click, Rick Fury, Gilly Man Giro, Kay Greyson, Rex Regis and Ill Prepared. It’s not just the Saturday in which North East hip-hop is taking over however.
Sandy tells TheRootMusic, “We’ve got bboy legends Bad Taste Cru reppin’ all pillars, all weekend, Hash Rotten Hippo is brining the ObSceNE cypher flavour on the Friday with 90BRO on deck duty. We are even getting some of the MCs on baord for the dance party on the Friday night with Aems and Rick Fury joining the solid line up of old skool hero Slipmatt, Hidden Agenda (Metalheadz) and my own Fifty Shades of Rave crew performance.”

Alongside his work organising The Bridge and Lindisfarne Festival, Sandy is a DJ. Known as Mudfoot Blaps, Sandy specialises in D’n’B and old skool rave. Sandy also co-hosts a radio show as part of the Ghetto Method Crew, who alongside CoMusica will be “getting up all weekend with some fresh graffiti business. Word is they even have cars for us to paint this year, which will be sick.”

So, if you’re looking to wind down the summer and subsequently the festival season, TheRootMusic recommends Lindisfarne. All weekend there is an assortment of entertainment for people of all ages. The crown jewel is undoubtedly The Bridge takeover on Saturday night.

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