Nothing Dodgy about Amphitheatre gigs in South Shields this summer

Dodgy will be performing at the Amphitheatre in South Shields.
Dodgy will be performing at the Amphitheatre in South Shields.

Dozens of top musicians are set to perform al fresco in South Tyneside.

The acts are to play at the open-air Amphitheatre in Sea Road, South Shields, every Thursday and Saturday during June, as part of the South Tyneside Festival 2015.

The Amphitheatre live music programme is a great way to showcase North East talent and offer music lovers across the region to see big names.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said.

First on the bill is The Alan Hull Songbook, featuring current Lindisfarne members Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson.

They’ll be taking to the stage, on Thursday, June 4, to perform classics written by the band’s former singer/songwriter, Alan Hull.

The Amphitheatre live music programme, which runs twice weekly from 7pm until 9pm, will close on Saturday, June 27, with a high-profile performance by top-selling trio, Dodgy.

The band, who first wowed borough crowds in 2011, rose to fame in the 1990s with hits including If You’re Thinking of Me, Staying Out for the Summer and top five smash, Good Enough.

Before then, music-lovers will have the chance to see a wide range of top artists, including guitarist Anysley Lister (June 6), North East cover band The Albino Crocodiles (June 13), trio The Jon Strong Band and Australian singer songwriter and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne (both June 25).

There will also be an opportunity to support regional talent, with showcases by CustomSpace in association with The Customs House, featuring Jen Stevens (June 11), South Tyneside College (June 18) and The Garage recording studio (June 20).

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The Amphitheatre live music programme is a great way to showcase North East talent and offer music lovers from across the region the opportunity to see big names like Dodgy and the members of Lindisfarne performing for free.

“It’s a popular part of the annual festival and this year it looks set to be no exception.”

l For full listings for the South Tyneside Festival 2015 go to, www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk.