Summer may feel like a world away from the cold evenings we are currently experiencing, but it won’t be too long before the days are longer and music festivals are on the horizon, and following two summers of uncertainty and cancellations, there is no better time to support local festivals.
The North East is home to a wide variety of events over the summer of 2022 with top acts set to join local artists for a top summer of music.
The largest festival in the North East - This Is Tomorrow - is set to return to Exhibition Park in Newcastle this summer.
This year the festival returns to its regular early June slot, with no acts yet announced for the festival which has previously seen headline slots from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Sam Fender and Stereophonics.
Having played at This Is Tomorrow in the past, Noel Gallagher is scheduled to return to the North East this summer as he and his band headline the new Rock N’ Roll Circus event on the Town Moor on June 9.
The Charlatans and local indie wonderkid Andrew Cushin are booked to play on the same night with the event organisers promising top talent alongside “the weird and wonderful world of the circus.”
Closer to the coast, Mouth Of The Tyne Festival is set to return this summer as crowds will flock to Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Alt rock outfit Keane are set to bring hits such as ‘Everybody’s Changing’ and Somewhere Only We Know’ to North Tyneside on Friday July 8 while local duo Lighthouse Family take the stage on July 9.
Further north, Lindisfarne festival is set to make a return this year with the Northumberland event scheduled for the weekend of September 1-4. The Full lineup for the weekend will be released on January 31.
Sunderland is set for a wild summer of music after a successful 2021 which saw Waves Festival make an impressive start at venues across the city centre. While there has not been confirmation of the event continuing for a second year, the festival’s social media have teased at another day of live music.
Mowbray Park will also host to a festival this summer as Lamplight is finally set to arrive in Sunderland this year. The new festival was initially scheduled for 2020 before being pushed back to the summer of 2021, when it was also postponed.
Kaiser Chiefs were set to play the first incarnation of the festival, and they will still head to Wearside this summer on the second day of the festival on August with Jack Savoretti and Deacon Blue set to headline the Friday and Sunday respectively.
Sunderland will also welcome Steps, Vengaboys, Shed Seven, the Happy Mondays and more over two weekends in July. The Herrington Country Park festival is bigger than ever this year, with one day of pop music on July 9 and two afternoons of guitar and indie music across July 15-16.
Heading slightly further south, Hardwick Live is set to make a return this year on August 20 and 21. Previous years have seen Manic Street Preachers,James, Rag n Bone Man and The Zutons play the Durham event, although no lineup announcements have been made yet for 2022.