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Beer Festival 2018

Mamma Mia have we got a headliner for you!

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We are delighted to announce that our 2018 festival will be closed by top ABBA tribute Swede Dreamz

Now firmly established as one of the UK’s leading and most authentic ABBA tribute acts!  From the opening beats of Waterloo to the final notes of Thank You For The Music, Swede Dreamz delivers a fantastic ABBA tribute show which is fully self-contained and features all of ABBA’s greatest and memorable chart hits including Dancing QueenMamma MiaTake A Chance On MeVoulez VousFernandoSOSKnowing Me Knowing YouMoney Money Money and many more!  Relive the magical ABBA years with Swede Dreamz and say Thank You For The Music one more time …

With superb live vocals and harmonies throughout the show, stunning replica stage costumes (up to six costume changes per show) and a fantastic lightshow , a Swede Dreamz ABBA tribute show really does capture all the magic and excitement of one of the world’s most successful and entertaining live bands.


With audience participation throughout, you’re sure to be having the time of your life!

Please click this link to find out more about Swede Dreamz.

Triple headliners for Friday 4th May now confirmed!

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We’ve got triple trubble on Friday May 4th when we bring together a trio of the top Northeast Bands together. Rockabilly meets Rock n Roll meets Rockgrass!


Big Red & The Grinners

Featuring banjo, accordion, double bass, acoustic guitars and percussion, Big Red & the

Grinners move seamlessly from the likes of Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up the Jam’ to Tony Rice’s bluegrass classic ‘Freeborn Man’, or from Jay Z’s ’99 Problems’ to Kelly Joe Phelps’
masterpiece ‘Window Grin’. Trying to describe the genius of this band is difficult – you just need to see them!
“Clever repertoire, pitch perfect harmonies and top-notch musicianship make them the band I recommend to every festival I work with” – Stephen Steinhaus, Festival Booker, Upton Blues
Festival (BBA Blues Festival of the Year 2015 & 2016)
“I’ve been in the music business a long time and it takes a bit to impress me, but stood at the back
I was blown away with the quality of the musicianship, humour and sound of Big Red and the
Grinners” – Steve Williams, Director, Willowman Festival
“100% Total entertainment” – Veece, Festival Director, Stormin’ the Castle biker’s rally
“These guys stole the show, unforgettable” – Andy Buyers, South Tyneside Council, Mouth of the
Tyne Festival
“Pure genius!” –Jumpin’ Hot Club, Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead

Bessie & the zinc buckets

Hill-billy bluegrass, some rock and roll, and some classic rock sounds from Black Sabbath, or U2. Random versions of the music of Dark Side of The Moon with the lyrics of Dire Straits Money for Nothing, which last heard in the Maggie back in May 2010. How about the family favorite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or even the pop classic sounds of The Bay City Rollers. Anything is possible as Bessie & The Zinc Buckets don’t actually plan a gig, they play requests, no matter what they will have a go at it.

The Revolutionaires 

2013 promo Revs photo

Scorching a trail across the live music venues of the land is this sizzlin’ hot 1950’s R&B combo…The Revolutionaires!

Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.
Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown, but have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.
Over the last decade The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene.
They have toured extensively both home and abroad, performing at festivals in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Malta and Dubai.
Highlights include performing at festivals with artistes such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sting, Tom Jones, Hugh Laurie, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Walter Trout, Eric Bibb, Albert Lee, Snake Davis and Dave Edmunds.

The band has recorded five CDs to date containing a collection of Hot Rockin’ R&B tracks. Each CD captures the ‘rawness’ and sheer energy of the band, who like to give their performances a ‘hard-edged’ vibe!

By Royal appointment – Gateshead headliners booked for Windsor Castle gig

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Top ABBA tribute head to the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival!

We are thrilled to announce that Swede Dreamz will be heading to Gateshead to headline on Sunday 6th May 2018.

The band have recently made headlines with a gig at Windsor Castle for the Queens staff, the article goes on to say:-

“Her Majesty was dubbed the Dancing Queen by the Swede Dreamz Abba tribute band that played more than 20 of the super-group’s top hits including Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

Hits like Knowing Me Knowing You, Chiquitita, Super Trouper and Money, Money, Money reverberated off the castle walls taking their fans back to the Swedish band’s heyday.”

 Click here to read the full story



The band also recently played a prestigious gig at Queens College Cambridge:-


Next years headliners wow the crowds at Bents Park

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The 2017 Gateshead Beer & Music Festival closers The Shakes return to Gateshead in 2018 to headline on Saturday 5th May 2018

Last weekend saw them return to Bents park so support Sister Sledge in fromt of 25,000 music lovers… this followers on from their 2016 gig where theysupported UB40.

The band did a wonderful job of whipping the crowd up and in return received great reviews in the local press and on social media.

We can’t wait to see the boys back doing what they do best on the Gateshead Stage in 2018… Tickets on sale next month!