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Dr John now confirmed as headliner for SummerTyne Americana Festival

Posted on 5 April 2012

Three days of ‘toe-tappin’ tunes on the south bank of the Tyne

Friday 20th July – Sunday 22nd July

Having just released the critically lauded album ‘Locked Down’ (produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach) iconic musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr John (Mac Rebennack) is set to headline this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead on Sunday 22nd July. Tickets for Dr John go on sale 10am on Friday 6th April. Tickets are priced at £24.50 and available here.

Auerbach, a long-time fan of the five-time Grammy winner dubbed “the Night Tripper”, visited Dr. John late in 2010 in his hometown of New Orleans, announcing his ambition to produce “the best record you’ve made in a long time.” Rebennack replied that he had done his research—his children had told him good things about The Black Keys. That conversation and subsequent collaboration at the 2011 Bonnaroo Festival, led to September recording sessions in Nashville where ‘Locked Down’ was mixed by Auerbach and completed in early 2012.

Dr John is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colourful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City.

Several of his many career highlights include 1973’s ‘In The Right Place’, which contained the chart hits ‘Right Place Wrong Time’ and ‘Such A Night’. Dr. John garnered Grammy award wins in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000. He has also received six other nominations over the years. Most recently, he was nominated for a 2007 Grammy for ‘Sippiana Hericane’, his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc.

“A vivid reminder as to why his myth has endured so long. No one else comes close to sounding like this.” Q Magazine

“…no one makes music like this: the Night Tripper rampages inimitably through swamp blues, voodoo funk and Afrobeat, with his trademark piano. This is more than just a retro retool. It all powers along on tunes from his top drawer. Terrific stuff.” Guardian 5/5

“Auerbach has brought out the best in a true American original.” The Times 4/5

Back for its 7th year, SummerTyne Americana Festival is one of the most important annual Americana events in Europe, attracting visitors from across the world for a sizzling celebration of Americana music in and around the spectacular setting of Sage Gateshead, on the south bank of the river Tyne.

The line-up for the SummerTyne Americana Festival is now as follows: –


For those who love summer in the city but don’t want to miss out on the festival season, SummerTyne Americana Festival provides all of the sunshine without any of the mud.

One of the most popular features of SummerTyne Americana Festival, is the Jumpin’ Hot and HomeFries free outdoor stage. This year’s outdoor line up includes:

Jumpin’ Hot outdoor stage:

Mama Rosin, Mary Jean Lewis & The Starlight Boys, Pine Hill Haints, Errol Linton & Band, Viper Central, The City Sinners, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Slim Chance, Gráinne Duffy & Band, Larkin Poe, Morrison & West, Treetop Flyers, Peter Cooper and Eric Brace.

HomeFries outdoor stage:

Koneki Suite, Honeybop Trio, Gospel According to Jon Lee, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Last Spectacular, Shipcote & Friends, Christi Androlopolis.

Throughout the weekend there will be food stalls filled with all the flavours of the south from our SummerTyne Street Kitchen, so whilst you sit back with a margarita and enjoy the music on the free outdoor stage, you can tuck in to pulled hog roast burritos, Cajun chicken, jambalya, or chilli and nachos.

For a really authentic food experience, join Sarah Savoy’s Cajun Home Cooking. A qualified Louisiana chef, Sarah has turned this skill into an entertainment format; leading Cajun cookery demonstrations, she cooks up a range of authentic Louisiana dishes, accompanied with live music from her band – guaranteed to whet the appetite.

Enjoy a lazy sunny afternoon on the musical SummerTyne Boat for a cruise down the Tyne with live performances on board from Jeb Loy Nichols, King Jim, Lera Lynn and Pine Hill Haints. Or if you want to find a cool calm oasis away from the main stages, come join us in the free SummerTyne Lounge, where you can kick back and enjoy a specially curated film programme of shorts and features interspersed with live Bonus Trax from our festival guests.

Sage Gateshead is proud to be working in association with The Americana Music Association. As part of the ongoing partnership, The Americana Music Association will work with Sage Gateshead on shaping future SummerTyne Festivals, with a particular focus on identifying new and emerging artists. This year, The Americana Music Association presents artists including Amy Speace and Lera Lynn.

From Nashville, David Macias, Board President of The Americana Music Association, said: “SummerTyne has become one of, if not the premier Americana live event in the UK. It gives the Americana Music Association a fantastic forum from which to educate people about the music we love.”

SummerTyne Americana Festival has been granted the Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme.


For more information please contact:
Gaynor Ellis, Acting Marketing & Communications Manager 0191 443 4613

Rebecca Tempest, Acting Head of Marketing & Communications 0191 443 4568