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.