A lot can be said about the strength of a festivals line up through social media reaction; and Festival on the Wall has already achieved more recognition than most. Taking place in Northumberland’s stunning countryside the new festival is set to be an obvious highlight of the summer.
Its first line up announcement did not disappoint with The Libertines and Pet Shop Boys headlining the festival which takes place from 4th-6th August 2017. Other names playing over the weekend include Mark Ronson, Twin Atlantic, JP Cooper, MNEK, The Sherlocks, Calum Scott and local favourites Maximo Park, with more acts to be announced.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Festival on the Wall is its stunning location mixed with the vibe in which it intends to create. With a whole host of relaxing features such as a hot-tub chilling zone and airborne fine dine alongside impressive late night features the festival aims to be ‘the happiest in the UK’ through its unique features.
Festival founder Dale Mason has suggested that “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?” Quite obviously the region is often overlooked as a festival venue, despite the fact it is a hotbed of unique local talent and thus Mason’s creation acts massively as a welcome savior to both band and festival goer alike.
Importantly, up to £10 from each ticket sale will go to Unicef UK to enable the continuation of the charity’s world renowned good work. The festival appears to be a healthy differentiation to many of the UK’s festivals which have recently verged into corporate degradation. It is clear that Festival on the Wall is embarking instead on a journey of local inclusivity, all the while creating a charitable, community event.
The festival takes place just 12 miles from Newcastle/Gateshead and features the world renowned Pet Shop Boys in its first instalment. Headlining on the Friday night the festival will act somewhat as a homecoming gig for North Shields-born lead vocalist Neil Tennant.
Quite interestingly, Festival on the Wall also sees The Libertines return to the northeast region for the first time in what seems like an eternity. Having embarked upon huge arena tours throughout the UK last year the festival offers the chance to see the iconic London band in a far more relaxed setting. They headline the main stage on the Saturday night.
Tickets are already on sale with early bird weekend camping tickets priced from £170, and discounted prices for teenagers and students. Alongside this VIP packages are priced from £330.
Festival on the Wall already has an incredible array of acts gracing its stages in the summer; its impressive plans and aim to create a relaxed community setting already makes it one of the strongest on offer this year. With plenty more line up announcements to come and the potential for many more known and upcoming names to be added it is perhaps advisable to begin making plans to embark upon a summer getaway to the beautiful Northumbrian countryside.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.festivalonthewall.com and follow on Twitter @FestOnTheWall, Instagram @festivalonthewall and Facebook by searching Festival on the Wall.
When: 4-6 August 2017
Where: Hadrians Wall, Northumberland
Headliners: The Libertines, Pet Shop Boys
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