The Northumberland Coast Festival returns for the 11th time in July

A festival in a Northumberland coastal town returns for the 11th year in July, with tickets from just £15.

Festival by the Sea will take place at Meggie’s Burn Fields in Blyth from July 15-17 and features over 20 live acts and food and drink throughout the three-day weekend. Headlining will be Trevor Nelson’s celebration of Soul Nation RnB classics on Sunday afternoon, Smoove & Turrell on Saturday and Baghdaddies on Friday.

Although canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Festival By The Sea was one of the first festivals to return to the North East last year, albeit on a socially distanced basis. The limited crowd was treated to performances by Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, BBC Radio 6 DJ Craig Charles and this year’s return Smoove & Turrell.

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The festival is back in full force this year and other things to look out for over the weekend are Kroud Karaoke, a hot tub chill-out zone and a fairground. Rob Dumbrell’s Chilli Eating Contest is sure to raise the July temperature even higher.

On top of that there are two new tents for this year’s festival – the MegaDome is a dance area which will host trance on Friday and disco on Saturday before Trevor Nelson’s headlining appearance on Sunday evening. There’s also the BrewDog Village which will host local and emerging talent, from acoustic musicians to comedians and cabaret.

Blyth Seaside Festival

Mark Deakin, who runs the festival, said: “It’s really exciting to be back for our 11e year, especially after the last few years. We are extremely excited to be hosting such a great value event at a very affordable price. A true festival experience for nothing more than a cinema outing.

“We have been committed to the region since the festival started, when we operated as the North East Chilli festival, because of the overwhelming support that the coastal area has provided. There is such a feeling around the northeast coast, everyone is always so friendly and welcoming – we love to organize an event that gives everyone the opportunity to come together, which is even more important after these last years!

The complete program of the Festival by the Sea
The complete program of the Festival by the Sea

“This year’s festival will see the addition of an all-new dance megadome featuring world-class acts across three different genres of music over three days. Plus an all-new Brewdog Village showcasing local talent, and this year a significantly increased level of production.”

Festival by the Sea takes place July 15-17 and tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for children for a day pass, while a full weekend pass costs £30 for adults and £15 for the children. For more information or to obtain tickets, visit the website.

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