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Lindisfarne Festival organisers launch crowdfundng campaign to help grow 2018 event

Organisers of Lindisfarne Festival in Northumberland have set up a crowdfunding campaign to support the improvement of the event for next year.

The 2017 edition of the music festival, which is held on Beal Farm next weekend, will play host to more than 100 acts across seven stages.

Artists that will be playing include The View, The Fratellis, Norman Jay MBE and SMoove & Turrell.

According to Insider Media, organisers are hoping to raise £150,000 ($190,000/€160,000) to make the event more prestigious in 2018.

The campaign is set to launch on the Crowdfunder platform on September 12. The money will go towards bringing in bigger acts, as well as growing the three-day event.

Conleth Maenpaa, founder of Lindisfarne Festival, said: “Preparations for next weekend are in full swing and we could not be more excited to welcome everyone to this year’s festival.

“We have been working non-stop all year to make the event something very special and give Northumberland the festival it deserves. We have a huge vision for the future but as a truly independent and homegrown festival, we rely heavily on early ticket sales to help us invest, plan and make key decisions about the line-up and other event features.

“Upfront commitment from festivalgoers and supporters will alleviate uncertainty, allowing us to focus fully on developing the festival further. We have said from day one this festival is for the North East and we want to openly give the region the opportunity to invest in its growth and help to shape and secure its future.”

Supporters of the crowdfunding campaign will be offered incentives such as early-bird tickets, VIP and glamping packages and corporate sponsorships.

“We remain committed to supporting the community, local businesses, musicians and social enterprises and were grateful to secure some financial support this year from Arts Council England and The Alnwick Brewery to develop our event programme,” added Maenpaa.

“It is our mission to give the North East the UK’s best small festival and we hope people will continue to get behind us by coming along to the festival next weekend and supporting our 2018 Crowdfunder campaign.”

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