A festival celebrating the best of North East musicians will include special appearances by The Pet Shop Boys and The Libertines.
The Festival On the Wall is set to be the largest music festival ever held in the North East when it takes place at Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland later this summer.
Festival organiser, Dale Mason, said: “The Festival on the Wall is primarily a festival for the North East, created by the North East.”
“I’ve thought for some time that this amazing region needs a music festival to be proud of and what better location than the stunning Northumberland countryside, just a few miles from our world-famous landmark Hadrian’s Wall.”
The event will have a real regional feel with iconic band The Pet Shop Boys’ North Shields born front man Neil Tenant headlining the event.
He said: “We are looking forward to bringing our futuristic show to a wonderful historic area in the North East.”
It will also be a homecoming for Libertines member Pete Doherty, who hails from Hexham.
Mr Mason said: “When planning our line up for the first year we were keen to showcase talent which emerged here in the North East and are thrilled to have secured the likes of The Libertines and Pet Shop Boys, which we hope will excite people in the region.”
Other confirmed artists playing over the weekend include Mark Ronson, Twin Atlantic, JP Cooper, MNEK, The Sherlocks, Calum Scott and North East rockers Maximo Park.
A wide range of support acts including up and coming bands from the region will also be performing.
Mr Mason said: “Our line up will have something for everyone, whatever their taste in music, and all will be revealed in full over the coming weeks and months, including our Sunday schedule which we are very excited about.”
In addition to the music, the festival will offer a wide range of experiences for the festival goer.
Organisers insist they aim to ensure a level of service and care which is “different from other festivals”.
Mr Mason said: “There is no reason to drop standards just because a lot of people are on site.”
“Festival on the Wall aims to be the happiest festival in the UK by maintaining the quality enjoyed in everyday life and giving visitors every option possible for an enjoyable weekend, from really great food, to easy ways to charge your phone, straighten your hair, have a hot shower or camp in comfort with striking views.”
A key attraction will be the hot tub sanctuary.
Revellers will have opportunity to recover ‘from the night before’ in the onsite spa where they can enjoy a range of treatments, relaxation classes and healthy foods and juices.
A roller disco, witchcraft woods and cinema are just some of the other attractions at the festival.
If you want to try your hand at putting on your own performance you can sing along in one of a number of on site Karaoke Caravans.
Festival goers can also enjoy light and fire shows, a whole host of entertainers or even experience dining out on the ‘Sky Platform’, suspended high above the main stage.
Regular festival goer Amanda Hanvey, 33, is excited by the prospect of of such a large event coming to the region.
Miss Hanvey, of Winlaton, Newcastle, said: “Myself and my boyfriend always go to a music festival every summer.”
“In the last couple of years we have been traveling across to Kendal Calling. It is brilliant to have such an event on our doorstep.
“I have already bought tickets for us to go.”
Festival on the Wall has been welcomed by Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Tourism for its expected boost to visitor numbers and the local economy, with thousands of music fans set to visit during the weekend.
Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the county and the latest event to put Northumberland in the national spotlight as a go-to destination.”
As well as additional money being brought into the region by visitors, the event will also provide temporary employment for young people from the region who are involved in organising, promoting and showcasing the event.
Mr Davey said:”Not only will thousands of people be flocking to our region, there will also be an enormous financial spin-off locally, from our many suppliers to businesses helping with the infrastructure.”
“It really is another great coup for the county.”
Visitors can choose to either camp onsite or return to the festival at the start of each day.
For those wanting a little more comfort, VIP tickets are available as well as luxury camping yurts and overnight spaces for campervans and caravans.
The event is to be held on 35 acres of private farmland in the beautiful Northumberland Countryside and can be accessed from the A69.
With 35,000 tickets up for grabs, organisers hope the festival will become an annual event.
Tickets have already gone on sale with a student discounted price of £150 for standard tickets and £320 for a VIP package.
In keeping with the festival’s ethos of care and sustainability, £10 from every ticket purchased will go towards UNICEF UK to help enable the worlds largest leading children’s charity to continue their vital work.
Use the link below to find out more about the festival, including VIP packages and how to purchase tickets.