Stage Times

Hey music fans!
Not long now until the big day; Bernicia Festival 2013. Here’s a bit of info for you about opening times, and the running order for each stage:
Doors and wristband exchange (in the entrance to The Customs House) will be open from 11.30am.
Vintage Village and all other areas will open at 12.00pm.

MAIN STAGE

ACOUSTIC AREA

Bernicia Rising: Win a Spot on Our Main Stage

At Bernicia Festival, we’re all about shining a spotlight on homegrown talent, which is why this year we’ll be staging the first ever Bernicia Rising. The sister event to South Shield’s Bernicia Festival, Bernicia Rising is a showcase event for young local talent, which allows acts to bag a spot at the festival itself on August 4th.

Original artists and bands from the North East, aged between 15-19, are invited to upload a track to Bernicia Rising’s SoundCloud group by clicking this link.

All tracks will be poured over by a panel of local musicians and music buffs, and the carefully selected finalists will then be given the opportunity to perform at Bernicia Rising, held at South Shields’ Amphitheatre on June 8th alongside headliners and Bernicia act Athletes in Paris.

After the event, one act will be chosen to open Bernicia’s main stage. The winning act will also be given 10 tickets to Bernicia Festival.

Guidelines:

  • One track to be uploaded per artist.
  • All acts must be available to play on both Saturday June 8th and Sunday August 4th.
  • All acts must have AT LEAST three original tracks. No covers are to be entered.
  • All acts must be from the North East, and members must be between 15-19 years old.
  • Window for entering opens May 1st, and closes May 27th.
  • Finalists will be notified by May 28th.
  • Each finalist will be given 2 tickets to Bernicia Festival.
  • Winning act will given 10 tickets to Bernicia Festival.

Bernicia Line Up Announcement

Bernicia Festival are proud to announce their line-up for their inaugural year. Taking place on Sunday August 4th at The Customs House, South Shields, we are delighted to be joined by some of the best artists the North East has to offer.

Headlining the festival will be Little Comets. One of the best and most successful acts the North East has ever produced, Little Comets have been winning over audiences worldwide with their kitchen sink indie rock.

Joining them will be Lulu James. Hailing from South Shields, Lulu James is set to take the world by storm with her emotive electronic soul, and will soon be joining chart-topping pop songstress Emeli Sande as her European tour support.

Boy Jumps Ship will be bringing a rockier edge to proceedings, having been dubbed by Kerrang Magazine as displaying “enigmatic sound bites nestled between soaring refrains that wouldn’t disgrace Biffy Clyro.” Further representing Bernicia’s founding town is Natasha Haws, whose first single was released last year, garnering praise from BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens among many others. Also performing on the main stage will be the elusive and brilliant Minotaurs. Formed in South Shields in 2006, the outfit gave weight to their name as performances by the band became less frequent, their mythology grew, with gigs now being treat with a similar reverence as the sniffing out of a truffle.

We also welcome the stunningly melancholic pop of The Union Choir, which has been  intoxicating fans of The Smiths and The National all around the country, garage rock duo Gallery Circus; a unique and abrasive blues-rock outlet famed for delivering breathtakingly powerful live shows, dark pop purveyors Maps Are Fiction, and the luscious alternative folk of Crooked Hands.

As well as the main stage, you’ll also be able to catch acts in our Acoustic Corner; headlined by quirky Newcastle lads Athletes in Paris, they’ll be joined by chamber pop favourites The Railway Club, up-and-coming singer songwriter Faith Elliott, the uplifting indie-folk of Suntrapp, and South Shields’ own Little Red.

 Hosted in The Customs House, the riverside’s historic arts venue, Bernicia will bring together a legion of incredible creative talents sourced directly from the North East itself.  An all-day celebration of the town’s musical community, Bernicia provides a long-needed alternative to the mainstream pop-based events of the summer. You won’t find the teeny-boppers, the one-hit wonders, or the cursed mud-slides here; just spell-binding home-grown music, a chilled-out atmosphere, and a gorgeous, historic location.

Bernicia arrives as The Customs House celebrates its 150th year serving the North East. Taking over The Customs House’s stunning theatre, bars and gallery spaces, Bernicia will utilise the spaces that the creative industry have occupied since the opening of the Grade II Listed building in 1814.  We believe that the finer things in life should be accessible to everyone, which is why Bernicia will be absolutely free. Nowhere else will you find quality music, drinks and great times, all for the price of an air guitar.

Bernicia Festival; the only alternative.

@BerniciaFest

MAIN STAGE

Little Comets

Lulu James

Boy Jumps Ship

Natasha Haws

Symphonic Pictures

Minotaurs

The Union Choir

Gallery Circus

Lionhall

Crooked Hands

Maps Are Fiction

Bernicia Rising Winner

ACOUSTIC CORNER

Athletes In Paris

The Railway Club

Little Red

Suntrapp

Faith Elliott

Calling All Vintage Lovers…

Into vintage? Arty type? Retro collector? Make your own clothes, jewelry, or other interesting stuff?

Excellent, because we want you.

(Not like that.)

To accompany the outstanding musical talent we’ll be hosting, we’re looking for retailers of the vintage, DIY, crafty and kitschy variety to be part of the festival’s Vintage Village. If you think you’d like to pitch up alongside  our 400+ guests, please get in touch.

berniciafestival@gmail.com

@berniciafest

Kittle PR, in association with The Customs House and South Tyneside Council, are thrilled to announce the arrival of a new event to the area’s summer calendar.

Sunday August 4th 2013 sees the inception of Bernicia, South Shields’ own alternative arts festival. Hosted in The Customs House, the riverside’s historic arts venue, Bernicia will bring together a legion of incredible creative talents sourced directly from the North East itself.

 An all-day celebration of the town’s musical community, Bernicia provides a long-needed alternative to the mainstream pop-based events of the summer. You won’t find the teeny-boppers, the one-hit wonders, or the cursed mud-slides here; just spell-binding home-grown music, a chilled-out atmosphere, and a gorgeous, historic location.

Over twenty acts will perform at this inaugural event, with appearances from the best artists from all corners of the area. Under one very classy roof, you’ll see sets from the best talent our shores have to offer; from fledging musicians, to the most celebrated names in the region. Topping off the day’s festivities, we’ll welcome one of the biggest names ever produced by the North East, and acts soon to be spotted alongside chart-topping pop royalty.

Bernicia arrives as The Customs House celebrates its 150th year serving the North East. Taking over The Customs House’s stunning theatre, bars and gallery spaces, Bernicia will utilise the spaces that the creative industry have occupied since the opening of the Grade II Listed building in 1814.

We believe that the finer things in life should be accessible to everyone, which is why Bernicia will be absolutely free. Nowhere else will you find quality music, drinks and great times, all for the price of an air guitar.

To ensure a fair distribution, tickets will be available via a lottery system, more information on which will be released shortly. Tickets are extremely limited, and we anticipate a mad scramble, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks. Anyone bagging a ticket will also gain access to an exclusive after party, where we’ll be keeping the party going into the night.

The festival’s line-up will be announced at the end April at our official press launch, more details to follow in the coming weeks.

Bernicia Festival; the only alternative.

@BerniciaFest