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First Names Announced For SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017

Posted on 13 April 2017

With Americana and country music more popular than ever in the UK, SummerTyne Americana Festival organisers are delighted to announce this year’s line up. Celebrating the finest American roots music this feel-good festival brings together some legendary artists, a whole bunch of rising stars and the best of the next generation for a weekend long party and some UK only shows.

Headliners taking to the stages at Sage Gateshead between 21 and 23 July will be The Shires, William Bell, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Merle Haggard ‘s Strangers featuring Ben & Noel Haggard, Chuck Prophet, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Outlaw, Marlon Williams, Angaleena Presley, Jesca Hoop, Callaghan, Ashley Campbell, Worry Dolls, Jo Harman, Lisa Mills, Cath & Phil Tyler, Tim Eriksen, Sarah Darling, Earl Thomas, Amythyst Kiah, Savoy Cajun Band and many more.

Heading up the main stage and still riding high as the UK’s most popular country act, The Shires make a welcome return to Sage Gateshead with very special guests including rising star Sarah Darling. Winner of the Grammy Award for best Americana Album, Stax legend William Bell and his band will perform another UK exclusive, supported by the 12 piece Stax Academy Revue and in another not to-be-missed one off special show, award-winning singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform with special guests Callaghan and the SummerTyne Strings.

One year on from the death of the legend that is Merle Haggard, Sage Two welcomes Merle Haggard’s Strangers featuring Ben and Noel Haggard, his sons, alongside their father’s band and supported by none other than Ashley Campbell, daughter of country superstar Glen Campbell.

On the back of her soon to be released album Wrangled, (21 April), Kentucky native and Pistol Annie’s Angaleena Presley takes to Sage Two and there’s also a double bill of two of the finest female blues voices from both sides of the Atlantic, Jo Harman and Lisa Mills.

A true godfather of the Nashville scene, Jim Lauderdale will play a unique double bill with Californian rising star Sam Outlaw and making a welcome return to SummerTyne will be singer/songwriter and Americana legend Chuck Prophet back with his five piece band.

In the SummerTyne Late Lounge there’ll be an opportunity to hear one of the most exciting and evocative new voices on the international Americana scene, New Zealand born Marlon Williams. Hotly tipped Manchester-based Californian Jesca Hoop will play with her full band supported by up and coming UK act Worry Dolls, and from Newcastle, via Massachusetts, Phil and Cath Tyler bring their brand of folk to SummerTyne in a concert featuring special guest and collaborator Tim Eriksen.

Back for 2017 will be the hugely popular Jumpin’ Hot Stage with MC, BBC Radio Newcastle’s Mr Drayton. The stunning riverside setting provides a perfect backdrop for audiences to kick back and enjoy a sizzling combo of country, blues, folk, rockabilly, bluegrass and soul. Headliners include Earl Thomas and Savoy Cajun Band plus lots more special guests from the US and UK.

Another must see at SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 will be an exhibition of artwork by Jon Langford. A respected visual artist he is best known for his striking portraits of country music icons including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

With free and ticketed concerts inside and outside, street food, films and more SummerTyne 2017 is sure to get feet tapping and put huge smiles on every face.

See Y’all at SummerTyne!


How to book

Tickets are on sale from 12noon on Thursday 13 April with Early Bird/Multi Buy Ticket Offers available, allowing audiences to see more and save. Tickets available from here.


The Line-up includes

Sage One
The Shires plus special guests inc Sarah Darling – Friday 21 July
William Bell plus Stax Academy Revue – Saturday 22 July
An evening with Beth Nielsen Chapman plus special guest Callaghan – Sunday 23 July

Sage Two
Merle Haggard’s Strangers Featuring Ben & Noel Haggard, plus Ashley Campbell – Friday 21 July
Angaleena Presley plus support – Saturday 22 July
Jim Lauderdale / Sam Outlaw (double bill) – Saturday 22 July
Jo Harman / Lisa Mills (double bill) – Sunday 23 July
Chuck Prophet – Sunday 23 July

Northern Rock Foundation Hall
SummerTyne Late Lounge: Marlon Williams – Friday 21 July
SummerTyne Late Lounge: Jesca Hoop and Worry Dolls – Saturday 22 July
SummerTyne Late Lounge: Phil & Cath Tyler plus Tim Eriksen – Sunday 23 July

Jumpin’ Hot Stage & Concourse Stage
Full line-up to follow including headliners Earl Thomas and The Savoy Family Cajun Band.


Multi-Buy Offer (Early Bird)

Book two or more concerts in Sage One and Sage Two and save. Don’t miss our Early Bird Offer and save even more (available until 13 May 2017).

  • Book 2 concerts & save £2 per ticket
  • Book 3 concerts & save £3 per ticket
  • Book 4 concerts & save £4 per ticket

Discounts will reduce to £1, £2 and £3 per ticket after 13 May. Please book via Ticket Office. Offer not available online.



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