NORTH East festival-goers generally have to hit the road to satisfy their lust for live music.
While Leeds and Kendal – on very different scales – have become established in the North, the opportunity to camp out nearer to home has been denied us.
Along comes Ignition Festival to offer the chance to spend a night with the stars, and then under the stars.
Evolution in Newcastle and Sunderland’s very own Split have already established themselves as urban festivals, of course.
However, Ignition looks to tap into the get-away-from-it-all spirit of the more traditional festival.
Ignition is based at Newcastle Racecourse, so you’ll still be able to nip home if a night in the great outdoors is not for you.
The camping field is also an option, and the line-up looks good, too.
Post-punk favourites Echo and the Bunnymen bring a wealth of tunes from no less than 11 studio albums to their headline slot on the Saturday night.
A line-up that includes, to name just a few, the brilliant Frank Turner, ex-Libertine Carl Barat, The Go Team and an acoustic set from Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison.
Ignition have pulled off a real coup by securing Calvin Harris to headline Sunday night, with Feeder as the main support.
A strong North East flavour comes courtesy of Little Comets, Hyde and Beast, The Lake Poets and Harriet Danby.
The Guide has five pairs of weekend tickets to give away for Ignition and they include camping passes, if that’s your thing.
For the chance to win a pair, send the answer to this really tough question – who headlines Saturday night at Ignition Festival? – to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch to say if you’re lucky.
Full weekend tickets for Ignition are priced £50 (£70 including camping).
Individual day tickets are £30 from www.i-fest.co.uk or by calling 0191 236 2020.