Hyde & Beast will top the bill at a colourful music festival which embraces local talent.
Summer Streets returns to Southwick next month and will transform Thompson Park into a sea of teepees.
The free event, which takes place on July 18 and 19, will also feature performances on the main stage from blues band George Shovlin and the Radars; ’30s-style big band Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra; country-style rockers Big Red and the Grinners, and 10-piece ‘brassy jazz’ band Brassy B.
Performers on the other three stages will include Alf Scott’s Hylton Ukes; psychedelic rockers Pale Horse Riders; ‘gothic country’ band Hillfolk Noir; popular South Tyneside singers Harton Harmonisers; This Little Bird singer Rebecca Young; Southwick folk duo Yuma and acoustic blues duo Auld Man’s Baccie, from Seaham Harbour.
The event is being organised by Futureheads and Frankie & the Heartstrings band member Ross Millard on behalf of The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council- funded project working to increase participation in the arts on Wearside and South Tyneside.
Ross said: “We’ve worked hard to ensure there’s a real variety – the intention is that people will be exposed to new genres of music they’ve not heard before.
“A lot of musical festivals play safe and stick with one or two styles of music, whereas with Summer Streets the sheer diversity of the line-up is its main strength.”
The community musical festival will start with a procession from Southwick Primary School to Thompson Park. The procession will start at noon, and will have a rolling roadblock behind it as it parades along the Green and on to Thompson Park Road.
There will be four stages and various smaller teepees, and the musical programme on the Saturday will run from 1pm to 7pm. For more information, visit Hyde .