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The Gateshead Beer & Music Festival and Gateshead Gin Festival team are delighted to announce the first ever Gateshead Summer Fest.

With great live music and summer drinks we’ve cherry-picked the best elements from previous festivals.

 “The best local live bands will help us bring a Beach Party vibe to Low fell with our very own Rum & Gin Shack, The Prosecco Bar as well as a huge selection of Ciders and Lagers” 

Our first Summer Fest Ciders can now be revealed; SeaCider

SeaCider was founded by Mark Francis who started out as a Brewer in Brighton, Sussex. Mark would constantly be touring Sussex delivering his beer to pubs and driving around the local countryside. He soon noticed an abundance of apple orchards that were not harvested and left unloved. He also noticed that many pubs did not stock local cider and there didn’t seem to be many cider-makers left in Sussex.

After devouring every book he could find on cider-making and gathering up as many local apples as he could, he tentatively started to make cider and began selling it to pubs alongside his beer. After a lot of trial and error, Mark soon became as dedicated to making cider as he did beer.  Expect :- Bakewell Tart; Lemon meringue; Raspberry Ripple; Sticky Toffee Pudding; Gingerbread; Bourbon Barrel; Blueberry; Rhubarb

Coming to Summer Fest ‘19 is our brand new RetroBar! – Relive those halcyon days of the 90’s in Dobsons, The Ritzy, The Boat and many more places of yesteryear with a great selection of classic drinks, Cocktails and Alcopops! 

Expect to see  BBQ’s and other summer inspired dishes including;  Jerk bbq chicken wraps complimented by a range of hot/mild sauces, salsas or chutneys; Vegetarian wraps – Fillings TBC; Doner meat wraps; Chips (curry sauce or gravy); Hotdogs; Crepes Sweet & Savoury

For Summer Fest 2019 we are introducing a second performance area which will play host to Live music, Family Comedy and Magic, Community Groups as well as House & Pop DJ Sets from Digital/Cosmic Ballroom regulars Kieran & Reiss

Sunday 25th August will be our Themed day (Flower Power Sunday) – Let’s recreate the images of Woodstock by dressing in your brightest outfits and creating our very own Fell-stock! Help us bring a sea of colour to Low Fell!  Maybe clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colours or wearing flowers in your hair! How about dusting off your flares and paisley shirts with Prizes for the best outfits.

Sunday will also feature our additional Family activities with the following acts appearing Tony Junior – Family magic show & game show; A fantastic magician coming along to do a family magic show followed by a game show which will involve a few of the adults.

Lee Kyle & Friends – Children’s Comedy show; Lee Kyle remembers what it was like being a kid, because he has never really stopped. Except now, he is bigger than all of the actual kids so they don’t bully him anymore because he could beat them in a fight if he had to, except for some of the girls if they are wearing pointy shoes… Look, I’m getting side-tracked, I absolutely must make it clear that there will be no fighting of kids in this show. What there will be, is stupidity. Loads of it. I mean, absolutely tonnes.”

Children’s Go- Karting with Go-Kart Party Tyne & Wear and Art and craft activities from the Creation Station will also be appearing on the Sunday only.


Adult tickets are priced @£10 with accompanied children free. Tickets are now available via and from the Dotty House (1-3 Dryden Rd, Gateshead NE9 5HP) and Gateshead RFC (Eastwood Gardens).

You can keep up event info via our official website or our Gateshead beer & Music Festival Facebook page or Gateshead_Ale on twitter.

Full Music Biogs


Hip Hop Hooray; The premier party band, this inimitable 8 piece provide the very best classic hip hop covers, creating an atmosphere unrivalled’ A truly unique party band, specialising in covers of Classic Hip Hop. Including Snoop Dogg, NERD, JAY Z, Eminem, RUN DMC, Kanye West and Dr Dre to name a few.

Giroscope; Classics from the 70s & 80s…….Police, Stevie Wonder, 10 cc, Supertramp, Edgar Winter,  Steely Dan, Pink Floyd,  Doobie Bros, Toto and much  more.

The Pre-Amps; A young 4-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Newcastle upon Tyne who have recently moved to live part-time in Liverpool while studying Music Production at Edge Hill University. They specialise in 1960s covers combining surf-style vocal harmonies, retro mod style and rock and roll instrumentation to create a real retro experience that’s sure to get you up and dancing!

The Stoned Crowes; Classic rock band playing all your favorite rock tunes

Taylor Payne (Solo); Singer/guitarist hailing from South Shields in the UK. Currently entertaining pubs full of drunken punters around the north east, Taylor has been singing and playing with various bands around the region since the age of 14 including The Understudies and one of the UK’s top queen tribute bands.

Sophie G; This talented young singer has been singing around 3 years Sophie has supported Miss Channy Thompson on 2 years of her music tours & was also part of her Unstoppable Choir at Metro Radio Arena at Xmas. Sophie has a summer full of gigs & festivals including Gateshead Summer Fest – but her biggest accolade to date was when she opened a Headline Gig for Megan Dhalai at O2 Academy2 on Good Friday 2019.

Johnson and the Jets; A wide range of pop classics covering the 50s up to present day, Beatles, Stones, Who, Bowie, Hollies, Neil Young, Radiohead and various others.


The Shakes; An exciting, high energy, 5 piece cover band based in The N/East. Weddings, Functions, Pubs, Clubs.Rock,Pop,Indie etc.. this band has headlined the Gateshead Beer & Music festival in 2017 & 2018.
Have you had ‘The Shakes’ yet?!

Groovetrain; Back after wowing our Gateshead Beer & Music Festival crowd in 2017, groovetrain is a 7-piece funksoul supergroup who are regular festival stage headliners and play at venues across the UK – alongside artists including Craig Charles, Brother Strut, Gabrielle, Smoove & Turrell and Soul II Soul. Don’t miss the chance to catch them live on the Sunday night of SummerFest as their 2019 NE shows at The Sage, Hoochie Coochie and the BoilerShop are guaranteed sell-outs!

The Britpop Union; The Britpop Union pay tribute to the British music scene, bringing the recreated hits up-to-date in a powerful combination of passion and quality akin to the harder-hitting sound that the bands produced in their live shows. Playing songs from the likes of Blur, Paul Weller, Shed Seven, The Verve, Pulp, Supergrass, Space, Edwyn Collins, Mansun, James, The Stone Roses, Cast, Reef, Primal Scream, The Supernaturals, Embrace and Oasis etc. Glory in the anthems that brought British alternative rock into the mainstream and formed the backbone of a larger British cultural movement of the 1990’s that came to be known as Cool Britannia. 

Jamie Lee Harrison; Jamie is a 24 year old British singer songwriter. His passion for music is his lifeblood, with over 1500 gigs under his belt he has performed across the globe. Whether it be to a crowd of 50 or 30000, Jamie describes the stage as his home.  An incredible 2017 saw Jamie performing on live national TV in Britain’s got talent to completing his own headline tour.

“Khalysis formerly Liv n G”; KHALYSIS (formerly LIV’n’G) are Olivia Crawford and Georgia Fletcher, a sister duo from Hartlepool, North East of England. With Olivia’s powerfully emotive vocals and impressive range, coupled with the fantastic musical and production talents of Georgia; the sisters are starting to make waves locally, regionally and nationally. 

Both Days will feature two evenings of House & Disco classics! Join Digital and Cosmic ballroom regulars Kieran and Reiss as they take over our clubhouse! 

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 Finalist – Best Live Experience

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