Headliners – The Shakes – (20:30)


Introducing THE SHAKES! A North-east based rock-pop covers, pub and function band, covering all areas of the North of England. With a setlist featuring hits from The Beatles to Prince, Tom Jones to The Killers, THE SHAKES are an engaging and entertaining LIVE act that have something for everyone.

100% live and 100% professional; the band members are friends with a long history playing music together. With an average age of only 34, their gigs are energetic affairs meaning that this is a band not to miss.

Already a massive hit within the North East’s wedding / function scene these young men are developing a reputation for lighting up every dance floor they grace.

Boasting one of the best lead vocalists in the North East; their amazing musicianship, harmonies and floor filling anthems are leaving people thinking “…lets GET THE SHAKES!”

In 2016 the shakes supported UB40 at a packed out Bents Park…. Following their successful debut they have been invited back to support Sister Sledge in front of 30,000 at bents park this summer!!!

This band is not to be missed and one thing they will guarantee is a rockin’ good time!


Groove Train – (19:00 – 20:00)


Between us we’ve played gigs across the UK and beyond, from Wembley Arena to theatres and festivals; on albums and national radio; and alongside big names including Robert Plant and Jools Holland. Our lineup includes British Blues & Soul Awards finalists, and we’ve welcomed a range of top touring musicians to guest with us at special show.

Click here to go to the Groove train website

The Caffreys– (17:30 – 18:30)



Mention THE CAFFREYS to any discerning North-East music lover, and it’s likely they’ll need no introduction.
This is a band that has earned a formidable reputation based on heartfelt & uplifting original songs, incredible musicianship, dynamic live performances and – at the core of the Caffreys sound – astonishing close harmonies unique to three brothers who have, for most of their lives, sang as one.

In both forms – The Caffreys full band or the smaller-but-perfectly-formed Caffreys acoustic – those wonderfully crafted songs and harmonies are embellished by a band consisting of some of the North East’s most respected musicians. Drawing on a musical palette of acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, drums, percussion, bass, violin and accordion, The Caffreys create a sound which is variously rocky, rootsy, folky… and always engaging.

Recent appearances by the band have included Newcastle’s Live Theatre, The Mouth of The Tyne Festival, Durham Gala Theatre, MoorsholmLive!, Redefest, The Pickering Engine Rally, and The Sage Gateshead.

‘The North-East’s premier folk/rock band.’northeastlive.net

‘There is no doubt that with the quality of songwriting and those magnificent
three-part harmonies, the Caffreys are very much a force to be reckoned with.’ CannyGigs

‘Beautifully crafted songs… talented musicians who clearly love what they are doing.’ It’s About Life

Phil David’s Good Times Band – (16:05 – 17:00)


Phil Davids brings The Phil Davids Good Times Band to the Gateshead Beer and Music Festival with an offering of Soul and Motown numbers by artists such as Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Stevie Wonder.

Phil has recently also performed at Glastonbury with DJ Yoda’s Breakfast of Champions.

Click here to head to the Phil Davids Good Times Band Facebook page


HATi – (15:00 – 15:35)

HATi is a songwriter, artist and collaborator from Newcastle.

With comparisons to Ellie Goulding and Florence and The Machine, HATi is like sapphire and steel, blending indie, dub, pop and dance and subtly infusing them into her songs like a deliciously dark and smooth cup of Twinnings tea, sprinkled with a loving sweetener of electro dust. She has had successful synchronisations with American TV giants CBS and thanks to the blistering live shows, gig highlights have seen HATi playing The Sage – Gateshead, Evolution Festival – Newcastle, Headlining @ Riverside Newcastle, Headline @ The Independent – Sunderland, Headline @ West Street Live -Sheffield, Dr Martens Store Opening – Newcastle, The Shoreditch @ London, Water Rats @ London, Ben Ottewell Main Support @ The Loft, Matlock as well as numerous festivals and radio appearances. Her acoustic show blends acoustic guitar and loop pedals with a range of intimate, intricate, and storming original material.

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Strictly Smoking Big Band – (13:50 – 14:40)


We bring the sounds of the big bands to Gateshead with the The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band on Sunday 30th April.

Strictly Smokin’ specialise in performing one of the finest modern swing, jazz and jive shows in the UK. Our flexible sized band create a swinging sound like no other; featuring some of the countries finest musicians alongside a swinging rhythm section, a powerful horn section with charismatic male and female vocalists capable of charming any audience.

it’s going to be brilliant, check them out on their website:-


APU – (12:30 – 13:20)


We are extremely excited to welcome APU to the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival on Sunday 30th April 2017.

Apu’s musicians all studied at Cusco’s Academy of Music in Peru. A unique mix of old and new Andean compositions, breathtaking pipe and flute skills, searing samba and spellbinding rhythms.

One of the top Latin American acts around, this band from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, in the ‘Sacred Valley’ of the Andes, have developed a powerful and exciting mix of traditional and modern compositions. They combine breathtaking pipe and flute skills over searing Latin American rhythms, producing an inspiring and hauntingly beautiful experience…’Dirty Dancing with pan-pipes’.

The three Puente de la Vega brothers formed Apu in 1983, touring Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, before relocating to the UK in 1989 following an ‘Incantation’ tour. They have been joined by their contemporaries from Cusco’s College of Music who have all played their traditional ‘Music of the Sacred Valley’ since childhood.

Apu perform annually at major UK venues and festivals including the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Aberdeen festivals. They were engaged by the Arts Council of Great Britain to launch the ‘Arts Without Frontiers’ conference and have performed everything from a concert series with the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra to an orchestral collaboration for television featuring ‘Traditional Andean & Northumbrian Folk Songs’.

“The power of the sound produced held row after row spell-bound. The energy and enthusiasm of these musicians was intense. Numbers accelerated until they exploded with appreciative applause”. Edinburgh Festival Times.

UK TV appearances include:- ITV’s ‘Michael Barrymore Show’, ‘The Television Awards’, ‘The Clive James Show’ and ‘Euro ’96 Football Championships’; BBC’s ‘What’s That Noise’ and ‘Pebble Mill’; Sky TV’s ‘The Gypsy Kings of the Andes’, Films include:- ‘Women in Tropical Places’ Channel 4, ‘Apu-Dancing with the Inca’ Frantic Productions & ‘The Cross Culture Series’ Hawthorne TV.

BBC Radio features include ‘The Music Machine’ Radio 2, ‘Chris Searle’s Pick of the Week’ Radio 4, ‘Ruscoe on 5’ Radio 5, ‘The Julia Hankin Show’ Radio Newcastle.



George Welch & Christine Jeans  – (12.00 – 14.00) Pop-up stage – Hall 



George Welch is a North East institution and one of the finest entertainers to come out of Tyneside. As well as being a wonderful comedian he has a voice of astonishing richness… ‘molasses for your ears’. As a guitarist he has long been sought after, both as a soloist and as an accompanist, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Sean MacGuire. As one half of the legendary Cheap Sunglasses Serenaders he conquered the national comedy circuit, and now as a soloist his shows are among the most popular in the North East, appreciated not just by lovers of folk music, but anyone looking for a fun and entertaining night out.



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

Today’s selected charity will be:-

Bravehearts of the North East is a not-for-profit charity which recognises courage and bravery of children of the North East of England.

Our inspiration is an incredible little girl called Joanne Gillespe. In 1989 a National Children of Courage Award was made to a young girl from the North East called Joanne Gillespie. Joanne, who was 11, had endured 2 major operations and fought back against a recurring brain tumour.

In order to help other children who would go through such experiences Joanne turned the diary of her recovery into a book. It was published in 1989 under the title “Brave Heart”. 

It immediately received public acclaim as an inspiration to other sick children and their families. It led not only to the Children of Courage Award, but also to Joanne being presented in the spring of 1989 with a North East personality Award.

All of our work is done by our fantastic volunteers with the help of donations. Every penny donated goes towards putting a smile back onto a childs face.

For further information on the work that fact do please check out their website :- http://www.brave-hearts.com/

(The brave-hearts charity fundraising day has been organised by Newcastle based Hay & Kilner Solicitors