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Opening the festival on Wednesday 8th July, stunning songwriter Rufus Wainwright will perform at Whitley Bay Playhouse.

The son of celebrated folk musicians Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, it was inevitable that Rufus and sister Martha would fall into the music game. His much-documented battle with drink and drugs culminated in a series of releases that set him apart from his contemporaries, with his rich voice and quirky flamboyant style on seminal albums Want One (2003) and Want Two (2004) being particular career highlights. Having earned the space to work on pretty much any project he liked after the success of the Geffen-released album Release The Stars in 2007 (featuring the stunning Going To A Town, below), he went on to tour his Judy Garland tribute concert and release the wonderfully camp DVD accompaniment entitled Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!. Subsequent albums, as well as self-penned operas, have fitted in around his seemingly more settled lifestyle with husband Jorn Weisbrodt and daughter Viva (whose mother is Leonard Cohen’s daughter Lorca).

A wonderful performer, with a stunning back catalogue and a stage presence up there with the greats of modern songwriting, to say this is a must-see gig is a severe understatement.

Wainwright’s appearance in Whitley Bay will launch this year’s Mouth of the Tyne festival, taking place in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay from Wednesday 8th until Sunday 12th July. Also playing at Whitley Bay Playhouse are local summery pop rockers Lisbon, with support from garage rock duo Gallery Circus, the indie pop fusion of Lord Swans and up and coming songwriter Immy Williams on Thursday 9th and a now sold-out gig from acoustic artist Jack Savoretti on Friday 10th July. Over at Tynemouth Priory, performances come from Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott and I Am Kloot on Friday 10th, The Specials and Roots Manuva on Saturday 11th and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Christians, James Taylor Quartet, Ben Ottewell, Kosoti and Olivia Devine on Sunday 12th July.

Click here for tickets to Rufus Wainwright’s performance.

Click here for further information on the Mouth of the Tyne festival.

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