Americana trailblazer k.d. lang is announced today as the first headliner at this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead in July. 

The 14th annual festival promises a line-up including an eclectic mix of legendary Americana heavyweights, cross-over artists and breakthrough talent from both sides of the Atlantic. This first announcement of country royalty sets a high bar for what’s to come.

Dubbed “the best singer of her generation” by Tony Bennett, k.d. lang has won four GRAMMY® awards, eight Juno Awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD.

In 1996, she received Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada. In 2013, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards, and last year, received the Alberta Order of Excellence Award. 

lang has contributed to numerous soundtracks, appeared in many films, and in 2014 made her Broadway debut in the seven-time Tony-award nominated musical, After Midnight.

In 2016, she united with Neko Case and Laura Veirs to create collaborative record case/lang/veirs and this year, she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her platinum selling breakthrough album, Ingénue.

SummerTyne Americana Festival attracts visitors from across the world for a sizzling celebration of Americana music in and around the spectacular setting of Sage Gateshead, on the south bank of the River Tyne.

SummerTyne is a must for all music fans, bringing together established and new artists from America, Canada, the UK and beyond.

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme at Sage Gateshead said: “This year we are delighted to announce the return of k.d. lang to SummerTyne as our first headliner. Her performance in 2008 was one of the absolute artistic highlights of the festivals history and we couldn’t be happier that she is coming back to join us as part of the Ingenue Redux tour marking the 25th anniversary of her seminal album, to perform it in its entirety at SummerTyne along with a range of other material from her long and celebrated career.  It promises to be a very special evening.” 

Tickets for k.d lang go on sale Friday 1 March.

SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019 runs Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July

Visit www.summertyne.co.uk for further information