Graham Nash, Natalie Merchant, Steve Earle and Iris DeMent are among the headliners at this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead in July. 

The line-up includes an eclectic mix of legendary Americana heavyweights, cross-over artists and breakthrough talent from both sides of the Atlantic.

The former member of supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash (Graham Nash) will open proceedings in the main Sage One hall on Friday 20 July. He will be joined by special guest multi-GRAMMY award-winning Shawn Colvin.

Graham Nash said: “Once again I get to make music for people at Sage Gateshead, this time as part of SummerTyne Americana Festival….! Shane Fontayne, Todd Caldwell and I are really looking forward to the show”.

Also on Friday night will be Big Sandy and his Fly-rite Boys who are celebrating 25 years in the business, plus Charley Crockett, and a double bill of Robert Vincent and AMA UK artist of the Year, Yola Carter.

Saturday 21 July will feature a mix of legends and rising stars, including 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant and Davina and the Vagabonds, plus two double bills – Kelly Willis and Emily Barker, and Holly MacVae and Jade Bird. American rock, country and folk master Steve Earle & The Dukes will headline in Sage One.

On Sunday 22 July, star of ABC musical drama series Nashville Sam Palladio, will be joined by SummerTyne favourites Striking Matches and bright young star Sarah Darling. Also joining the Sunday line-up is the celebrated folk, country and gospel singer-songwriter Iris DeMent. Rarely playing outside of the USA, Dement is famed for her complex and beautiful country-folk style and distinct voice.

A free stage programme inside and outside, presented with Jumpin’ Hot Club and the Americana Music Association UK, will include the Wandering Hearts, Hymn for Her, Arkansas Dave, The Rosellys & Rachel Levan, The Often Herd, Mel Greggain, Gem Andrews, Portraits, Jinski, Sam Gibson with many more to be announced.

SummerTyne Americana Festival attracts 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. SummerTyne is a must for all music fans, bringing together established and new artists from America, Australia and the UK.

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme at Sage Gateshead said: “This year, we have a remarkable line up of legends; everyone should see artists like Graham Nash, Steve Earle and Iris Dement at least once in their lifetime and we know that these artists will appeal to the Americana aficionado. However, we also have some incredible young artists that really represent the popular appeal and future of the genre. Sam Palladio, Striking Matches and Sarah Darling are firmly within this stable, and we also have some incredible British cross-over artists, including Yola Carter, Robert Vincent and Jade Bird who demonstrate the strength and quality of our UK Americana artists.

“These artists not only appeal to the next generation of fans, but are a bellwether of the increasing popularity of the genre amongst a younger audience. At SummerTyne we try to do justice to this amazingly diverse and booming genre of music, and this year’s line-up certainly achieves this.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (20 April). There are special early bird and multi-buy offers. Visit or call Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661.


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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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