SummerTyne Americana Festival 2016

Now firmly established in the summer calendar, SummerTyne Americana Festival is a three day jamboree, that celebrates American roots music and brings together some of the finest and most exciting performers from both sides of the Atlantic.


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With the UK’s appetite for country music steadily growing we are thrilled to be kicking off with an exciting transatlantic double bill of two of the hottest young acts to break on to the scene in the past two years, with an exclusive appearance by Nashville’s Striking Matches and the UK’s Ward Thomas. We are also delighted to be throwing a party on the Saturday night headlined by vintage and rockabilly queen Imelda May and we’re also presenting two of the Americana scenes most influential and award winning singer songwriters, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Gretchen Peters.

Across the rest of the weekend, there will be something for everyone. Indoors there are many hidden gems for the Americana aficionados including rare appearances by Texas’ favourite country duo Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison plus Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay, New York’s dazzling new folk pioneers The Mike + Ruthy Band and Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show.

There’ll be dazzling bluegrass styling’s from Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station) with mandolin protégé Sierra Hull and a highly anticipated bluegrass rework of The Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’, by The HillBenders, plus we’ll be getting down to the raw, authentic blues, soul and southern rock of The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Lucky Peterson and the The Kentucky Headhunters.

On our free outdoor stage, country appetites will be further sated by Eve Selis, 10 String Symphony, Luke & Mel, Urban Pioneers and Mary Jean Lewis plus soaring country gospel from Yolanda Carter and Mississippi blues from Little Victor.

With street food, a film programme and exhibitions, we defy you not to find something to blow you away, get your feet tapping and put a huge smile on your face. It’s SummerTyne time!


Street Kitchen

Throughout the weekend we’ll be serving up large slices of good ol’ homestyle food that are sure to send your taste-buds into overdrive. Burgers, chilli dogs, ribs and more!

The Grind | Longhorns | Smokin’ BBQ | Tandoori Naan Hut | Stateside Treat Emporium


SummerTyne Shopping

We’ve lined up a posse of traders so be sure to mosey inside and bag some great gifts and merchandise.


SummerTyne Exhibition: James Perry Walker: The Preacher & His Congregation

Monday 11 July – Monday 12 September 2016, Sage Two Bar


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Past events in this festival