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Award-Winning DFDS North Sea Sounds Mini Cruises are Back

Award-Winning DFDS North Sea Sounds Mini Cruises are Back
4 July 2016 James Brooke

DFDS’s award-winning North Sea Sounds music mini cruises are back by popular demand and customers are urged to book now to secure their place.

The hugely popular shows, which see the ferry operator’s Newcastle-Amsterdam ships transformed into floating concert venues, offer customers the chance to enjoy a cruise and concert in one. Last year’s season of shows picked up a Journal Culture Award and off the back of that success, DFDS has again teamed-up with Newcastle’s Jumpin Hot Club to offer an eclectic mix of music from some of the hottest bands and DJs in the world.

Prices for the autumn mini cruises start from £63 per person, including en suite cabin accommodation on board and up to five hours to explore the Dutch capital. This year’s line-up of musical talent features:

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club and Smoove & Turrell – departs Friday 30 September
After a stellar sold-out show last year, Radio 6 music club host and former Coronation Street star Craig Charles returns with the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club. With a cult-following from his days as the star of sci-fi hit Red Dwarf, Charles is also a huge fan of Northern Soul and is set to spin a series of soul classics.

Newcastle funk and soul duo Smoove & Turrell, Regularly make the Radio 6 playlist and have headlined Glastonbury. The pair’s track ‘Hard Work’ was used on BBC One’s Match of the Day last year.

Lindisfarne & Martin Stephenson – departs Sunday 16 October
Hear the story of how legendary folk band Lindisfarne was founded froom band members Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell. The pair will tell the first-hand behind-the-scenes tale of their success and play some of their biggest hits, including “Fog on the Tyne”, “Lady Eleanor” and “Run for Home”. They will be supported by Martin Stephenson of The Daintees to deliver a unique blend of acoustic folk and pop.

Hyde & Beast, Frankie & The Heartstrings and Steve Davis vs Field Music – departs Friday 18 November
Made up of Dave Hyde of Futureheads fame, and Neil Basset of the Golden Virgins, Hyde & Beast released their debut album of punk and North East indie-rock in 2014 to rave reviews. Coupled with Frankie & the Heartstrings retro indie pop and sets from snooker-legend and DJ Steve Davis local DJ Field Music, as well as a performance by all-girl folk sensation Cornshed Sisters, this is a must-see set for fans of indie and pop music.

Bowie Ball – departs Friday 2 December
In tribute to legendary musician David Bowie, the Bowie Ball is the perfect way to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the larger than life character. Customers can take inspiration from the man himself and dress up as alter-egos Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke or any other persona, before partying away to the Ronsonettes, one of the finest Bowie tribute acts. With DJ sets showcasing the best of Bowie, an on board Bowie transformation station, selfie booth and Bowie-oke, this immersive event promises to help fans re-live the best of Bowie and pay a fitting tribute to the pop legend.

Book by 26 November at or call 0871 522 9955.


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About DFDS
DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last five years (2011-15), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2014 and 2015 World Travel Awards.

DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.

For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit