Over and Out for fundraising alternative music festival

SLUG ... one of the artists appearing at the Out Of The Trees festival.
SLUG ... one of the artists appearing at the Out Of The Trees festival.

NORTHUMBERLAND’S only alternative music festival is returning for its 10th and final year.

Out Of The Trees X will play host to an eclectic group of the region’s finest musicians in the village of Warkworth, on Saturday, January 3.

As ever, it will be a charity-focused event. Having helped causes including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Spowe Uganda and Morden Tower, in previous years, this year’s proceeds will be donated to the Samaritans.

Featuring 19 acts across three venues, Out Of The Trees will offer live music throughout the day, starting from 1pm.

The line-up includes Hyde and Beast, Slug, Life Model, Pillow, Richard Dawson, Field Head, Nev Clay, This Little Bird and John Egdell.

The festival takes place in The Hermitage Inn, The Masons Arms and the village Memorial Hall – all on one street in Warkworth.

A lift won’t be a problem, because as part of the ticket price organisers are laying on a bus from Newcastle Central Station to Warkworth – and back at the end of the night.

To celebrate 10 years of the festival and to launch its final incarnation, on Tuesday, December 30, Newcastle’s Head of Steam will play host to Brighton noise popsters Tyrannosaurus Dead, Skull Puppies, Baker Island and Rushers of Din with DJs spinning discs into the early hours afterwards.

This special gig is free entry for those with festival tickets (which can be bought on the doors on the evening).

Those who can’t make it to the festival pay £3 entry on the doors for the launch party, which runs from 7pm to 2am.

Tickets for the festival (including travel) are £15 from RPM in Newcastle.