A NORTH East park will ring out with the sound of electronic music this summer - and you could be there for free.
Superstar DJs Steve Angello and Steve Aoki have been confirmed to perform at Northern Lights, a new festival which will take place in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park in May.
The brainchild of regional music promoter, Mike “MishMash” Hesketh, the event is set to attract thousands of revellers to the North East, who will enjoy a full weekend of electronic music across three stages on the recently re-developed 35 acre site in the heart of the city.
The event, which will be the region’s first ever greenfield electronic music festival, will take place on Saturday May 30 and Sunday, May 31.
The main stage will boast a host of award-winning artists including Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Cosmic Gate, Ben Klock and Ricky Ahmed.
DJ Steve Angello, best known for his part in the electronic music trio Swedish House Mafia and his record label Size Records, will be joined by more than 50 other world famous and internationally renowned artists, who will play over 20 hours of music.
Northern Lights has already hosted a string of high-profile events in the region, including a 7,000 capacity event at Times Square, Newcastle, last May and a sell-out gathering at Sage Gateshead, where 2,500 packed the venue.
This latest expansion represents a major coup and life-long dream for North East born promoter Mike Hesketh, and he promises serious fans of electronic music will not be disappointed.
He said: “Our event in May will be Newcastle’s first ever multi-stage greenfield festival and will bring a pure and true festival experience to the North East.
“The location is ideal, set just outside the city centre and connected to all of the major transport links. We’re delighted to be able to attract so many amazing names from the electronic world.
“We’ve doubled our expenditure that we would normally invest in stage and sound equipment, and a six figure pyrotechnic and firework pot has been made available to make this a spectacular breathtaking show.”
Northern Lights will also feature a giant fun fair and two large bars as well as multiple food stalls.
VIP guests will be treated to a boutique “VIP Village” which will offer customers and guests an upmarket experience, complete with private first class toilets, a private bar and chill out areas, as well as a variety of fun outdoor games.
Festival director, Jim Mawdsley, added: We are absolutely buzzing to be producing this event in the greenfield space of Exhibition Park. I have produced events in Newcastle Gateshead for over 15 years now and moving into this park to host this event feels like we will now have what everyone considers a proper festival.
“The city has again shown us great support in making this move and with the world class line-up we are delivering alongside the production values of the event, this will be a festival of music that has never been seen before in the North East. We are massively confident that this festival will be remembered for years.”
•Early bird tickets can be bought via www.ReachForTheLights.com or at www.TicketWeb.co.uk. Limited early bird 1st phase day tickets start from £35, plus booking fees, and weekend tickets start from £60, plus booking fees.
For the full line up visit www.ReachForTheLights.com.
Win VIP tickets and camping at Northern Lights
We’ve teamed up with Northern Lights to give away a pair of VIP passes to the full weekend, which includes two weekend VIP tickets and three nights camping worth £300.
To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: which famous act was Steve Angello a member of?
A) Swedish House Mafia
B) Polish House Mafia
C) Dutch House Mafia
Email your answer to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk. Closing date: March 19.