Friday 3rd May 2019

Smoove & Turrell – (21:15 – 22:30)

After a hiatus following their three headline sets in 2014, 2015 & 2016, we welcome the boys back to the Gateshead stage. What better way for the band to celebrate 10 years together than with a gig on home-turf celebrating our tenth anniversary festival.

Smoove had met keyboardist Mike Porter through the local music scene in Newcastle and recruited him for his ‘Smoove Live’ project for the label Acid Jazz. Around Mike’s house one day they overheard a neighbour singing sublime melodies in his garage with friends which turned out to be none other than a young John Turrell practising in a band called ‘The Stevies’. After a couple of further sessions ‘scouting’ him they finally knocked on the door and had a chat and hit it off straight away.

A man of many facets, John Turrell was a skilled carpenter, working and teaching the trade to apprentices at a local college as well as his musical endeavours. After the trio performed several gigs together with various other guest musicians it was agreed they would create some new material and so they started to write and arrange a clutch of tracks that Smoove would record and produce.

Their first track was the now classic ‘I Can’t Give You Up’ recorded at Mike Porter’s house as his Hammond Organ was immovably wedged in his utility room! If you listen closely to the (now extremely expensive) original 7-inch recording released on the German label Club Tikka you can still hear Mike’s mum retrieving a pack of peas from the freezer… The track was so popular in the underground Mod and Northern soul scene all initial 500 pressings of the record sold out, resulting in online bidding wars, with the record going for as much as £166.

The first few tracks were received with a rapturous response and their newfound northern soul style demanded that a Smoove & Turrell live band was formed so they swiftly filled out their ranks with a crack team of like-minded Geordie musicians. Now as a full soul band they were creatively allowed to really stretch their legs both live and in the studio and their debut, Antique Soul was released in 2009 on Jalapeno Records.

As always though with Smoove & Turrell the highs and the lows of life are represented and the hard time realism of some of the lyrics is tempered by the irrepressible dancefloor euphoria of others.

Never one to rest for long, the Geordie soul crew return with a stunning fifth album Mount Pleasant, after the success of Crown Posada, which gave the band multiple BBC Radio 2 playlists and 6 music spins. An album which true to their style draws on subject matters which are aimed to make us stop and think, with songs such as the politically charged ‘Hate Seeking Missile’, balanced fittingly with uplifting stompers, such as ‘I Feel Alive’, guaranteed to get even the most resistant of dancers toe-tapping.

The Understudies (19:30 – 20:45)

Four Gadgies from South Shields playing a load of tunes you don’t usually hear in pubs, with the kind of infectious energy and enthusiasm which has gained excellent reviews for early gigs. All veterans of the local gig scene, the band play a mix of Rock, Indie, Punk and new wave which hopes to find that elusive combination of songs you don’t hear but that you know and love.

Loads of proper mint songs by such bands and artists as…….Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Steely Dan, The Police, David Bowie, The Who, ELO, The Faces, Wings, Talking Heads, Prince, The Jam, and a few more. Mint!

Los Capitan0s (18:05 – 19:05)

Los Capitanes are a two/three-piece acoustic band specialising in mash-ups and covers with a Latin twist, their unique and high-energy covers are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face! Formed in 2010, Los Capitanes (Los Caps to friends) have been building up a reputation in their native North East England ever since as an extremely entertaining and accomplished group with the ability to cater for intimate cafe gigs just as well as large festivals and weddings.

What started as a one-gig band with a three-song repertoire has now developed into a group covering an eclectic mix of genres, from Funk and Pop to Latin Jazz, ensuring that there is a little bit of something for everyone.

Prince, The Jam, and a few more. Mint!

Mollie Birmingham (17:05 – 17:45)

We welcome back the wonderful Mollie Birmingham, a north east singer songwriter. Having supported major artists and performed for international stars, Mollie is getting ready for a massive 2019.

Low Fell Ukes (15:30 – 16:15) – 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.

Friday afternoon entertainment comes courtesy of the Sage Silver Programme.

Sage Gateshead’s Silver Programme provides a diverse range of musical activities for people over 50 in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.

For more information head to

Black `n’ Blue (16:00 – 16:50)

A seven piece ‘ Harmony Rock ‘ band based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and play all over the North East of England.

So what exactly is a ‘ Harmony Rock ‘ band ?  Well, we take the best of your favourite songs spanning a period from the 1960’s right through to the present day, put a bit of a spin on them with some fine harmonies from our  fantastic girl singers. Then we  belt them out with the help of 5 guys on guitars, keyboards and drums!

 Skiffle (15:15 – 15:40)

Silver skiffle

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

Today’s selected charity will be:- The Sunshine Fund

We provide equipment to hundreds of disabled children in the North East every year. However applications are at an all time high as there are many more children who need our support. We need your help to allow every child to reach their potential and live life to the full.