A boutique dance music festival will set the party mood in Northumberland next summer when it hosts three days of entertainment over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, it has been announced.

House of Barefoot is expected to feature internationally renowned DJs and house music stars and will provide camping and glamping opportunities in a scenic location in Stamfordham.

The festival run from June 2-4 will coincide with the long weekend of celebrations marking the Queen’s record reign and its goal will be to get people dancing.

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Its director Jonny Stobart said, “This event is for people to socialize, make new friends, enjoy an array of different styles of house music and most of all, dance.”

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Tickets for the festival – which stemmed from small-scale events in Northumberland – go on sale this Friday.

Organizers say some of house music’s biggest names will bring the party to the countryside, including tech-house pioneer Danny Howells, dubbed “the DJ of the DJs,” who has been on the dance music scene ever since. the late 90s – as well as award-winning Spanish coach Henry Saiz who mixes his passion for electronics with disco, house and techno.

Others include Bristol DJ and producer Nick Warren, who is also a member of the electronic music duo Way Out West and the star of South American DJ Hernan Cattaneo – known the world over as El Maestro – who was one of the founding fathers of the underground house scene and who has an instantly recognizable sound signature. .

They will take to a stage equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system on a tree-lined site that will also host street vendors and a number of licensed bars.

Festival-goers can camp or reserve a place for a caravan or motorhome. Glamping opportunities will also be offered to those who wish to enjoy a touch of luxury and access to showers.

DJ and producer Nick Warren was present at the first small Barefoot event and will be back for his life-size version in June.
DJ and producer Nick Warren was present at the first small Barefoot event and will be back for his life-size version in June.

The idea of ​​throwing a three-day dance treat grew out of the success of a small-scale inaugural House of Barefoot event in May earlier this year, led by Warren, followed by a second outing to Northumberland in August.

The expanded House of Barefoot – which aims to become an annual fixture on the music scene – is billed as a boutique festival as it will have limited capacity, allowing everyone to relax and create an intimate club-like atmosphere. to its main stage.

Jonny said, “We want to keep the capacity at a level that means everyone has an amazing overall experience.

“We have no doubts that we will be selling and we are sure people will love the atmosphere and want to come back year after year.”

He said the festival was inclusive, adding, “Our past events have brought together people of all ages.

“To me, that’s what it is about: people who come together and enjoy the company of those they may never have had the chance to meet.

“That in itself is really quite special. “

Tickets for House of Barefoot go on sale Friday, December 17 at 10 a.m. on the the festival site here.

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