Dreams came true for South Tyneside music fans as Gabrielle wrapped up this year’s summer concert series in South Shields.
This year’s star-studded festival has seen the likes of The Lightning Seeds, Midge Ure, Nick Heyward, Phats and Small and Marti Pellow all feature on the bill. On Sunday it was the turn of British singer/songwriter Gabrielle to usher in a soulful afternoon on the coast.
Local lad Lee Grey opened the proceedings early on. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a loop station the versatile performer warmed up the crowds with a range of covers that included The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony and Sit Down by James. The latter of which being perfectly fitting with many of the attendees soaking up the sun on their deck chairs.
However, it was North East based ten-piece funk/soul ensemble Groovetrain who got the crowd moving with a mixture of uplifting covers and original material. During their upbeat set, each member of the group was given their opportunity to shine. Vocalist Michael Lavery joked who needs Stevie Wonder in Hyde Park when you’ve got Groovetrain in Bent’s Park.
Emerging singer/songwriter Chloe Rose brought a more contemporary RnB sound to the proceedings whilst delivering an energetic set alongside her two backing dancers.
But it was Gabrielle that the Bents Park crowd had come to see. The multi-award-winning artist made her second appearance in the North East in recent times following a headline show at Sage Gateshead earlier this year.
The chart-topping superstar delivered a set that was the perfect mix of new and old. Performing several tracks from her new album Under My Skin alongside timeless classics such as Give Me A Little More Time, Out of Reach, and Dreams – Gabrielle proved to be the perfect soundtrack to a summer’s afternoon on the coast.
Throughout the summer the South Tyneside Festival has brought together the perfect blend of established acts whilst simultaneously supporting and developing some of the region’s finest emerging talent. We can hardly wait for 2020 already.
Event Date: 06-Aug-2019