A three-day festival of music, food and beer returns next weekend to one of the North East’s most popular beauty spots.
Coquetfest will feature an eclectic mix of more than 30 bands and artistes – including Britain’s Best Part-Time Band – performing across three stages in the Druridge Bay Country Park, just yards from the famous seven miles beach.
Organiser Tony Eastlake, of Guerilla PA, said: “Last year was such a great success that we had to do it again. For me it’s the perfect combination of great music and a great setting.”
Festival goers can choose from a variety of tickets, which – for adults – range from £5 for Sunday up to £25 for camping and tickets for the whole weekend.
There are a number of bars on the site and, amongst 40 stands, a wide choice of street food – provided by some of the region’s most popular producers. There will also be displays of local crafts, fairground rides and many other attractions.
Coquetfest kicks off at 7pm on Friday 2 September and finishes at 4pm on Sunday. “It’s a bit of a marathon,” said Tony, “but if last year’s anything to go by, there won’t be a dull moment.”
Friday evening will have a DJ tent featuring, amongst others, Nick from Koast Radio and Reggie “Regimental‘ toasting. The main stage welcomes Rockabilly stars Bessie and the Zincbuckets from South Shields, who filled the Newcastle City Hall for their last show there.
Saturday evening’s headliner is the winner of the recent BBC search for Britain’s Best Part-Time Band, Bombscare.
The nine-piece Ska band from Scotland beat 1,200 other groups and musicians to the title in front of programme presenter, the comedian Rhod Gilbert, and judges Midge Ure, former New Order bassist Peter Hook and Soul II Soul producer Jazzie B.
For more details about the festival visit its website www.coquetfest.co.uk/tickets.
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