Thursday 7th May 2020

Music confirmed to date – Music will start from 3pm!

Thursday Early Bird special £10


Smoove & Turrell (Full Band) – (21:15 – 22:30)

We welcome back Gateshead’s finest to our Festival stage!

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 Breakfast Club (19:30 – 20:45)

The Breakfast Club are an authentic 80s cover band performing hits from Duran Duran, A-ha, Frankie Goes To  Hollywood, King, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet, Ultravox and much more


Aukestra  (18:05 – 19:05)

“ Get ready to open your mind to the sounds of one of the UK’s most uniquely diverse live acts, the award winning Aukestra.

Expect the unexpected with reimagined funk, pop, disco and soul classics , epic dance music mash-ups, harmony-laden vocals and enough twists and turns to keep everybody excited! Join us live at the 2020 Gateshead Beer Festival where we not only promise to entertain you but we’ll guarantee you’ll go home with a different view on what’s possible in life.

Don’t Be Average, Be Amazing”


Black `n’ Blue (17:00 – 17:40)

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!


Dead Skunk Skiffle (15:55 – 16:35)

A talented group who play Skiffle and Blue with a different approach. The band use Ukelele’s banjos and even a banjolele as well as guitars and harmonica’s.


TBC  (15:15 – 15:40)

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Thursday 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 http://www.sagegateshead.com/join-in/music-for-silvers/


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

Today’s selected charity will be:- TBC