Live shows from chart-topping Indie outfit Catfish and the Bottlemen, US-based rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars and an exclusive outdoor performance of Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ musical are set to take place in Newcastle during the weekend of 25th-28th May 2018.

Following on from the success of both the Live From Times Square outdoor concert series and the region’s largest inner-city music festival Hit The North, this year promoters SSD concerts unveiled their newest festival offering This Is Tomorrow. The high profile event will bring live music back to Newcastle’s Spillers Wharf for the first time since 2013’s Evolution Festival.

Llandudno-based quartet Catfish and the Bottlemen will headline the festival on Friday 25th May, whilst making their first appearance in the region since their sold-out outdoor show at 2016’s Live From Times Square event. This concert will also be somewhat of a homecoming for the band’s Geordie guitarist Johnny Bond, who was recruited by the group back in 2014 following the departure of founding lead guitarist Billy Bibby.

Joining Catfish and the Bottlemen will be Manchester-based four-piece Everything Everything, local lads Little Comets and BBC Sound of 2018 nominee Sam Fender, who round out an impressive opening day of the inaugural This Is Tomorrow festival.

Hot off the back of their recent UK arena tour, hard rocking California-based trio Thirty Seconds To Mars will make their first appearance in the region since 2010 when they top the This Is Tomorrow bill on Saturday 26th May. Fronted by Hollywood star Jared Leto, the group released their fifth studio album America earlier this year, and subsequently, they are relentlessly touring the world in support of their latest offering. Two of the UK’s most electrifying and energetic rock bands Don Broco and Marmozets will also feature on what is looking to be a lively Saturday bill.

A unique one-off outdoor performance of Sting’s critically acclaimed debut musical The Last Ship set alongside the very river which inspired the show will close out an incredible weekend of music on Monday 28th May. This follows on from a sell-out UK premiere run at the city’s Northern Stage theatre. With Sting himself expected to be in attendance along with a full supporting cast, this is certainly going to be an event the North East will be talking about for many years to come. 

With a predicted heatwave over the forthcoming Bank Holiday, the forecast is certainly looking good for one of the best weekends of live music to hit Tyneside this year. To have such an impressive and diverse array of musical talent on our doorstep here in the North East is a real coup. Tickets for all shows are available now via the official This Is Tomorrow and The Last Ship Musical websites, although don’t delay as previously reported some of these events are already close to selling out.

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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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