Sunderland’s The Lake Poets will support Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson when he heads to the region next week.
The singer songwriter from East Herrington, aka Martin Longstaff, will warm up the crowds for Brian before he takes to the stage in Newcastle as part of this year’s series of Live from Times Square gigs.
The former Farringdon School pupil, who’s becoming famed for his indie folk sound, said: “Sharing the stage with Brian Wilson is a dream come true. I can only hope that my songs will mean as much to others as Brian’s mean to me and millions of others around the world. Me and the band can’t wait to play.”
Ahead of Live From Times Square, on August 6, Martin will play this weekend’s Cambridge Folk Festival.
He said: “I have wanted to play there ever since I first picked up a guitar and wanted to be Martin Carthy, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell all rolled into one.
“I can’t wait to let my songs loose at such an important and special gathering of like-minded people and I know that I will enjoy every moment of being on stage and being at the festival itself.”
Closer to home, Martin has also announced a string of North East dates. They include intimate sets at the newly-openly Fausto Coffee in Marine Walk, Roker, on August 18 and 20.
He then performs at the NE Volume Festival on September 9 at Stockton Arts Centre and plays a Launderette Sessions event at the Gala Theatre in Durham on September 23.
The late summer will also see Martin, who often draws inspiration from his home city’s rich industrial heritage for his song-writing, begin recording his second album for release in early 2018.
His autumn 2015 debut, The Lake Poets, achieved critical acclaim and spawned the singles Your Face and Edinburgh. Since first being aired on BBC 6 Music,
the former has racked up more 7 million plays on Spotify, while the latter was playlisted by Radio X.
Martin’s debut album saw him team up with fellow Mackem Dave Stewart, of Eurythmics fame, who produced the record in his Blackbird Studio in Nashville.