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New festival on the block Bernicia has got off to a flying start. It’s announced the line-up for its inaugural year which will feature a cross section of North East talent.

Headlining the festival – which takes place at Customs House, South Shields, on August 4 – will be indie rockers Little Comets.

Joining them will be Lulu James. Hailing from South Shields, Lulu James is set to take the music 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”.

Also 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 Minotaurs who formed in South Shields in 2006, while The Union Choir will be wielding their brand of melancholic pop.

Also lined up to perform are garage rock duo Gallery Circus, a unique and abrasive blues-rock outfit; dark pop purveyors Maps Are Fiction and the alternative folk of Crooked Hands. As well as the main stage, you’ll also be able to catch acts in the Acoustic Corner, headlined by quirky 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.

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