(#Ad) Why you need to go to Lindisfarne festival 2019….

Right, I’m an avid festival goer….. I’ve been to festivals here, there and everywhere. I’m a big fan of independent festivals, the type of festival where you live in a bubble for the weekend, dress like a 90s TV presenter covered in glitter and sparkle, back comb your hair within an inch of its life, eat LUSH street food, discover some amazing new music, dance until you drop (or go cross eyed like I did at Bestival one year), make best friends who you will never see again, have some really unique experiences and, this might just be me, but I’m all about the festival décor. I love sculptures, projection, flags, things designed by artists….hidden treasures around every corner. I’m getting excited just thinking about it……and that’s exactly what I’m going to get at Lindisfarne 2019!

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There might be some of you out there, thinking – festivals aren’t for me….. or some of you avid old festival goers, that think you’re too old…. But to put it plainly you’re wrong. You are totally wrong and I’m going to tell you ten reasons why, festivals are essential to your happiness in life in general (bold statement, I know) and I’m going to weave in my festival handy hints and reasons why Lindisfarne Festival 2019 is the end to your perfect Summer.

Line up and tickets available here: www.lindisfarnefestival.com

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  • It’s like #Friyay feeling times a million…… do you remember John Simm as Jip and his “the milky bars are on me!” monologue. My festival experience always starts with that explosion of excitement – and it’s like that for a whole weekend, I can experience total escapism and freedom from ordinary life constraints and have an unforgettable shared experience with other festival goers. Now of course, come the Monday morning….. it’s also like hangover times a million….. but that’s Monday’s you problem. Thursday, Friday & Saturday you are free to go wild.

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  • It will restore you faith in humanity again…..dare I mention the landscape we live in at the moment? Festivals unite people…..a lot of festivals have a diverse crowd and Lindisfarne with its genre hopping ways will be no different. But at festivals, people leave their baggage at the door, connect and have a lush time doing so. We are conditioned to be adversarial and to hate…. At festivals you’ll have conversations with people from different worlds and you’ll gain new insights, new perspectives and a renewed sense that people aren’t all bad. We can be a canny bunch when we want to be.

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  • Focusing in the moment and away from social media……now this sounds bizarre for someone who makes their living via social media but actually at festivals, I tend to switch off from the digital world. A festival has enough shenanigans and good times, to hold me in the present instead of in limbo on Instagram. Festivals clear my head and I often return with a renewed sense of self and a reminder that there is more to life than work, work, work….

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  • It’s an opportunity to go a little feral…. Bare with me on this one. When I was younger, yes I embraced a festival with baby wipes and sacked off the showers. Now, at 33years old – showers are not a “nice to have” but an actual “I need to or I will die”. We are so obsessed with being clean, looking social media glam and a whole host of other things – that again we forget about just being ourselves. Due to my poorly skin (I currently have the skin of a 14yr old) – I’ve had to give up make up and it’s been lush and freeing. The world didn’t stop, I choose when to dress up and I dress for me! I think everyone should go a little feral every so often….

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  1. Don’t ruin yourself on the first night…..oh we’ve all been there. You’re buzzing to be at the festival….so you drink yourself to death, pass out way too early and then don’t recover for the whole weekend. I once went to a festival where I couldn’t eat food or even keep water down due to this for 48hours….this is especially true, if you’re not a regular booze hound. Pace yourself, don’t show off, there are three nights…. Save the big night, for the headliners…. Or at least just don’t ruin yourself on the first night.

Another thing about drinking too much is forgetting everything…. I’ve been to a festival where I got up to clear my tent on the Monday and I had total festival blackout – what’s the point in that!? You want lush memories and good vibes…..not blank mind and sicky sickerson.

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  • Prepare yourself for a hangover straight from the apocalypse…. Dioralyte is your new best friend, alongside Milk Thistle and any other hangover remedy that you can think of (chocolate milkshake is my go to). You don’t have time for a hangover at a festival….ain’t nobody got time for that. You need to be up, out and exploring. I hate wasting the day at festivals…..the day is all about discovering the hidden treasures, having a go at something new, stepping outside your comfort zone and truly embracing the festival vibe.

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  1. Make a list of things you want to do….. when you get to a festival time will slip away! So before you get there or once you’re pitched up, make a bit of a plan! What are your must sees, your would like to dos and make it happen! Even if you manage only a few, you skip the regret and Lindisfarne Festival has SO many stages….you’re going to want to be strategic until you’ve drank to the point of just wanting to dance the night away regardless of where you are and what you’re listening to.

Step outside your comfort zone at least once……festivals are all about trying new things, taking part in workshops, listening to new music, speaking to new people…..

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  1. Support independent festivals……independent festivals like Lindisfarne aren’t about big business or making money….they are about a team of freelancers, artists and creatives wanting to realise a lush dream and bring people together. You buying tickets makes the festival happen and possible.

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  1. TISSUES, TISSUES, TISSUES……bring lots of tissues for the toilets. Tissues are your festival best friend.

Do you have any other suggestions of your own?

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So are you going to join me at Lindisfarne Festival 2019…..you absolutely should…..just look for the Tina Turner Hair’d 90s TV presenter!

Tickets: www.lindisfarnefestival.com

See you there to get a little bit feral…….

#AD – Interview with musician Anthony Vacher ahead of his Lindsfarne Fest main stage shenanigans…..

I’m off to Lindisfarne Festival next weekend, 29th August – 1st September for the ultimate end of Summer party on the Northumberland coast; born out of the desire to create something special for the North East, Lindisfarne Festival came to life in early September 2015, when a 2000 strong crowd descended onto the glorious fields at Beal Farm to experience a weekend like no other. Now into 2019…this lush independent festival is growing year on year – there are still tickets left (less than 400) so you can still join the party.

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Being the Culture Vulture means I get to meet and interview absolutely amazing creative folks – it gives me a total buzz. Folks who are passionate, doing exciting lush things and full of ambition to make a creative mark on the world. For 2019 Lindisfarne Festival ran a Musicians Against Homelessness Unsigned band competition – those who follow social might remember a post, I did about the final short list encouraging votes. Check out the short list, as all of the folks are mega and that’s what festivals are truly about to me…. Discovering new music and shaking myself out of my usual Spotify playlist comfort zone.

MAH put on 100s of gigs & festivals across the UK, creating opportunities and spaces for up-coming talent to play and raise money for homelessness services. Now that’s a double bubble of Culture Vulture love right here, as I’m all about champion independent new talent alongside advocating for positive social change through using my voice. Homelessness is a real issue – I was totally humbled by the recent exhibition across Newcastle “History of Homelessness” – especially when moving from venue to venue, homeless folks were in doors all over the city being ignored and their stories unheard so projects like MAH are imperative.

The winner of the MAH competition secured the opportunity to perform at Lindisfarne Festival 2019 on the bliddy main stage……which for an up and coming musician/band is an amazing opportunity to play to thousands! I was super excited when I heard the winner – he was one of my short list faves and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him this week, before his Lindisfarne main stage shenanigans….

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So let’s get this interview started…. Step right up ANTHONY VACHER & THE SILHOUETTES; you can catch Anthony on Friday at the main stage at 1.30pm. Look out for me fan girling at the front, thrashing my elbows around and stomping my feet (a.k.a. “dancing”)……

Singer-songwriter Anthony Vacher has been a familiar name on the North East music scene for some time. Often accompanied by his trademark ukulele and accompanied by his band The Silhouettes; his songs are as beautiful as they are honest but with a real zest for life that fills the heart with joy. He’s also got a LOYAL social media and fan following which have surely helped him to win this competition….

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So hi you, who are you?

I’m Anthony Vacher, hi!

Tell me about your journey into the music scene – when did it all start?

I launched my solo music roughly 2 years ago when I released my first single I Don’t Wanna Wake Up. The legends at Punch-Drunk Comedy who are also at Lindisfarne gave me my first stage to perform on, opening before the comedians play, and it wasn’t long after that I won a competition to play at the O2 and I knew I needed the band behind me to make the shows a much better experience. They’re more just my good mates as opposed to my band because I make nowhere near enough to pay them – hahaha. Chris has been with me from the start but Dom and Gary have just recently joined me.

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So they do it for the love! Sum up your music in three words?

Really tough one cause there’s quite a lot of variety between the full band and acoustic stuff! I think I’ll go, energetic, fun but emotional.

Sounds like you’ve described my life so far…. Can we listen to your music pre-fest to get in the mood? 

Of course! You can find me on all streaming services, Spotify, Apple Music etc, or just head over to my facebook/twitter/insta/whatever your preference is and you can find stuff there too!

facebook.com/anthonyvachermusic

Twitter @anthonyvacheruk

Instagram @anthonyvacher

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What made you enter the Musicians Against Homelessness Comp?

I’ve followed MAH on social media for a while and I only saw the competition on the final night! But a chance to play at Lindisfarne and work with Musicians Against Homelessness was something I couldn’t not apply for.

Aha a last minute larry, a man after my own heart! Why are projects like MAH important?

Homelessness is a huge and growing issue at the moment, and what MAH are doing is incredible. Simultaneously helping homeless people whilst giving upcoming artists huge opportunities to grow, it’s quite simply amazing.

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How did it feel being shortlisted and then seeing the love for you on social media?

It was crazy really, but if I’m honest I had totally forgotten about it! I was just sat at home at the time and saw that MAH had tagged me in a post, and I was like, huh? Then when I looked at it and saw we’d been shortlisted, and it was to play on the main stage, It felt mad! I instantly messaged the lads and we all got hyped up and knew we had to win this.

I’ve actually been away from playing music for a few months due to illness, but seeing that I still had so much support after all that time out was a feeling I simply can’t explain. The amount of shares, comments and people passing the link around was something I’m so grateful for.

Well I was one of the folks championing you – I hadn’t heard of you before the competition shortlist and now you’ve got a firm fan! What did you do when you found out you won and you’re playing the main stage? What went through your mind?

The first thing I did was ring my Mam hahaha! There was a day between the competition ending and them announcing the winner so I actually thought we didn’t get it as we’d heard nothing. I woke up the next day, opened my laptop and the first thing I saw was a picture of my face saying we had won and I went crazy. Great way to start a day!

Happy dances a hoy! What can festival goers expect from your set?

This is a massive opportunity to play in front of a lot of people who have highly likely never heard of me before so we have to put absolutely everything into it. We’ll be playing a mixture of full band & acoustic tunes, so something for everyone!

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Well I’m really looking forward to it and your set. Festivals are all about discovering new music and stepping outside of your comfort zone – is there anything on the festival line up that you think “I might go see/do that!”?

Lindisfarne has a tonne going on. Comedy, street art, even fire walking! I’m planning on making the most of it and catching as much of everything I can!

Who are your top three fellow musician ‘must sees’ at the festival…the line-up is a cracker this year so I know it’s hard to choose?!

The line-up really is amazing this year, so I’m going to avoid the obvious ones and plug some smaller musicians/friends haha!

  1. HATi. I’ve worked with HATi in the past and played alongside her, and she is an incredible songwriter and an amazing musician.
  2. C-Collective. C-Collective are so much fun and they put on an incredible show. You cannot miss them.
  3. Can I name a stage? Cause the MAH Stage has an incredible line up with some amazing local musicians, Sarah Connolly and Sleeptape to name a couple. It’s a stage everyone should 100% go and check out!

Have you played a festival before and/or are you a festival goer?

I’ve only ever played more local festivals which are a tonne of fun, but Lindisfarne will be my biggest to date. I used to work at music festivals too so I’ve been to most!

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Do you have any advice for fellow festival goers?

Yeah, come see us play! But really, just enjoy yourself. There’s so much going on at Lindisfarne so try to catch a bit of everything. Head over to the smaller stages every now and again, go see a bit of comedy, try something new like fire walking or yoga.

Forget what the weather may be, relax or get drunk, whichever you prefer, but pretty much just forget real life for the weekend and enjoy yourself.

Festivals are a total escape from life “good time2 bubble” – Festival drink of choice?

If its sunny get yourself a fruity cider, goes down perfectly!

Are you staying the full weekend? If so I hope you’re embracing the Viking theme and expect mega outfit! 

Sadly due to other commitments the band and I can’t stay the full weekend but we’re staying the full Friday! To be honest I wouldn’t make a very convincing Viking, I have a total baby face and I have tried but can’t grow a beard to save my life!

What’s next for you after Lindisfarne fest? Where can people keep in touch with you post Lindisfarne?

I only have one show lined up following Lindisfarne which sadly I cannot talk about yet! If you follow me on all my social media links then you’ll hear about it very soon:

facebook.com/anthonyvachermusic

Twitter @anthonyvacheruk

Instagram @anthonyvacher

Mainly though, I recently released an acoustic EP, and now we’re planning on recording a lot more music in the very near future so keep your eyes peeled for that too!

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Well thank you Anthony, you’re totally mega! Absolute pleasure to see and meet an upcoming musician – I’m excited to see what he does next!

Tickets for Lindisfarne down to the final few hundred so nab them quickly….. http://www.lindisfarnefestival.com