The Tinkermann Music Festival is returning for a fourth year, and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is again supporting the festival by assisting with the cost of travel for visiting artists.


The main festival will take place at the Villa Marina in Douglas on 12th August with Warren Attwell and The Travelling Band among the acts already announced. This year there will again be a second show, Tinkermann Too, at the Centenary Centre in Peel on 13th August. Warren Attwell and Alex Hulme are scheduled to perform.


Organiser Mark Armstrong said: ‘We’re really excited about Tinkermann’s fourth year and delighted to be presenting some great acts to the always appreciative Manx audiences. The Travelling Band were on my wish list after I saw them headlining a festival in the UK last year, so I’m really pleased to be bringing them to the Island.


‘It’s also a pleasure to welcome Warren Attwell back to the Island; he played here earlier this year in an event organised by the late Jonno Gollow of JonnoPromotions, who I had the great honour of working with on several events. I’m glad Tinkermann will continue that link to Jonno.


‘This year we wanted to continue to spread the joy of Tinkermann and it’s truly exciting to see the festival travelling to the west of the Island for an extra show.’


Mark, who named the festival after his pet name for his son Sam, eight, who is autistic, added: ‘I’d like to thank the Steam Packet Company for its ongoing support which helps make Tinkermann possible. The company has been involved for each of our four years, just like fellow sponsor Sure, who I’d also like to thank. This year we welcome 3FM as a sponsor, and I’m very grateful to the Isle of Man Arts Council for its assistance.’


The Travelling Band, from Manchester, features Jo Dudderidge, Adam P. Groman and Nick Vaal and has released three studio albums since 2008. They have been acclaimed as ‘Mancunian Americana’ by BBC radio’s Marc Riley, and the first track from their upcoming album Sails was described by Clash as ‘reminiscent of early Band of Horses or even My Morning Jacket’s ventures into the deep south’.


Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The Tinkermann Music Festival is growing every year, adding to the opportunities music fans in the Isle of Man have to enjoy visiting artists. We’re pleased to continue our longstanding support for the festival, and very pleased to see even more of the Island will be able to get involved again this year as Tinkermann goes “on tour” to Peel.’


Tickets for the Tinkermann Music Festival, priced £15, are available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, or by phoning 600555. Tickets for Tinkermann Too in Peel, priced £12.50, are available from