One of the region’s most popular festivals has teamed up with a coastal cafe, recently voted the best independent music venue in the North East.
The Mouth of the Tyne Festival will host some special one-off shows at the Surf Cafe in Tynemouth this July, with very limited ticket availability due to the intimate nature of the venue.
Futureheads lead singer and guitarist Barry Hyde will perform his new album Malody in a very intimate show at the Surf Cafe on Thursday 7 July.
The album, which is being released in June, lays bare his deeply personal experiences of being bipolar.
On the following night, Friday 8 July, Gomez front man Ben Ottewell will be performing, giving fans a rare chance to see the English singer-songwriter up close and personal in a special venue.
With his deep, soulful voice, Ben fronted indie rock band Gomez to great success in the UK and US, drawing an army of fans.
The final show will take place on Sunday 10 July, when BBC Newcastle will stage an ‘Introducing’ night.
BBC Introducing is credited with launching and nurturing the careers of a range of popular musicians including Jake Bugg and Florence and the Machine. They will bring some of the best talent in the region to the Surf Cafe with free admission and no tickets required on the night.
Tickets for Barry Hyde and Ben Ottewell go on sale at 9am this Friday (April 29) at www.seetickets.com.
The announcement follows the news that Tynemouth Priory and Castle will host North East music legend Bryan Ferry on Thursday 7 July and pop superstar Will Young on Friday 8 July.
Lulu and Lemar head the line-up for the festival’s family day on Sunday 10 July. A show by Grammy-nominated James Bay on Saturday 9 July is already sold out.
The Mouth of the Tyne Festival is organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Kier, Tyne Met College, Port of Tyne and Arts Council England.