The Emerald Thieves (21:15 – 22:30)

Formed in Durham during 2005 the Emerald Thieves band incorporates musicians from Northern Ireland and North East England. The group of fun-loving, Glastonbury Festival regulars made a unique sound which proved an instant hit on the live music circuit in Newcastle and Sunderland. Perfectly at home performing at weddings, clubs, festivals and private parties Emerald Thieves quickly notched up hundreds of bookings and became a successful North East export with a solid international reputation built upon numerous performances throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and the Middle-East.

With many years spent perfecting folk, rock, soul, pop, jazz and classical music sounds the band members combine electric fiddle, guitar, mandolin, ukelele, Hammond organ, piano, bass and drums to deliver an unbeatable selection of acoustic & electric hits which span singer-songwriter styles, Irish-folk, 1950s to modern rock, pop, soul & indie hits. Top that off with a healthy selection of 1970s classics and you are left in no doubt that Emerald Thieves are a natural choice for entertaining crowds.

Big Red & The Grinners (19:35 – 20:50)


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

The Revolutionaires (18:05 – 19:05)

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!

Ste Johnson (16:50 – 17:35)

Ste Johnson is a singer and guitarist from County Durham.

Playing hits spanning the decades and often putting his own personal twist on them, Ste literally has something for everyone and is looking forward to returning to the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival Stage.

Flipside (16:00 – 16:40)

We’ve now added Flipside to our line-up on Friday 4th May.

The band will be bringing energy to our teatime session with such classics from:-

Bruno Mars
Green day
The killers
The Lumineers
Kings of Leon
Arctic monkeys
The romantics
Snow patrol
Shawn mendes
The primitives
Amy winehouse
Ed sheeran
And the list goes on….

Silver Skiffle (15:15 – 15:40)

Friday afternoon music courtesy of the “Silver Programme”.

We are delighted to have several performers from or whom have met via the Sage Gateshead’s Silver Programme coming along to showcase their talents as the opening acts for this years festival. 

Sage Gateshead’s Silver Programme provides a wide variety of daytime musical workshops for people over 50 within a relaxed, informal and supportive environment. There’s something for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced players.

So if you’re interested in playing an instrument or taking part in any other workshop then it’s never too late.

Please check out the

Traditional skiffle band featuring guitar, mandolin, ukulele, washboard, singing, and tea-chest bass, playing ’20s and ’30s blues, American and English folk songs.

Low Fell Ukes (14:00 – 16:00) – Indoor Stage

Low Fell Ukes will be joining us on Friday 4th May for an afternoon of unplugged music in the clubhouse.

Check out their Facebook page for more info on the troupe.

Please note: All artists are subject to change without notice. Times may be adjusted without notice

Today’s selected charity will be:-

The wonderful folk at Josie’s Dragonfly Trust will be joining us on Friday 4th May.

Josie’s Dragonfly Trust makes a very real and positive difference to the lives of young cancer patients with limited time.
We passionately believe in the importance of happy memories and we work tirelessly to make them happen for young people and their families.

Click here for more information