Coastella: The new music festival coming to North Shields

The festival will have a special focus on North East-based talent.
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We may have always dreamed of securing tickets to Coachella and flying off to California to experience the musical festival on a summery day.

However, that dream (for some of us at least) may still be fairly out of reach, and we find ourselves wishing we had something similar on our doorstep.

Enter Coastella, the brand-new outdoor music festival coming to North Shields this summer. The event will take place over three days and nights, hosting around 40 artists in total.

The event will have three stages, where the artists will perform. Coastella will have a special focus on the local talent the North East has produced.

Coastella has been created by John Peacock ,who is the owner of Tynemouth-based bars, Alfie & Fins and The Arches. John explained the process of creating a North East based festival, as he said: “We had originally planned this pre-pandemic, and then, of course, it all went pear-shaped and we couldn’t get any funding or sponsors.”

“It’s absolutely amazing to now be in a position to make this dream a reality.” John continued, explaining that many sponsors are now onboard including Sunday for Sammy, Orbis Support, Miss Persnickety, GL Aesthetics, Supermax Creative and Custer Print & Design.

The line-up for Coastella will consist of North East based talent, as well as top-notch acts from across the UK. “We are delighted to announce that two headline acts have already been confirmed.” John said.

The first act to be confirmed in dance music legend, Judge Jules who will be performing his Ibiza Anthems set on Friday evening. North East based indie rockers, The Futureheads are another headline act, performing in the coveted Saturday slot.

John explained that Sunday headliner is still under wraps for now, as he said: “The Sunday headliner is still to be announced but keep an eye out on our social media channels as we will be letting people know shortly.”

Other confirmed acts that will be performing on the stages of Coastella include Liam Fender, Ruth Lyon, Michael Gallagher and Hector Gannet.

One of the sponsors, Sunday for Sammy is a registered charity that supports young North East performers.  Ray Laidlaw, the administrator for Sunday for Sammy and original member of Newcastle-based folk group Lindisfarne said: “When we first heard of a new outdoor festival happening at the coast, we knew that it was going to be special. We are sponsoring the second stage enabling emerging North East artists to perform at a major regional event. Acts will be announced soon.”

As well as providing us with amazing music sets from talented artists, the festival will also have local food vendors, outdoor bars and exciting activities to take part in.

Coastella will take place on Friday, June 30, Saturday, July and Sunday, July 2. The outdoor event will be held at Percy Park Rugby Club in North Shields.

Tickets are available to purchase now, priced at £30 for Friday or £80 for a weekend pass. To purchase a Friday ticket please visit here, and to purchase a weekend pass, please visit here.