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With the likes of Rick Astley, The Proclaimers, Jack Savoretti and local hero Sam Fender descending on Tynemouth Priory and Jamaican legend Ruby Turner heading to Whitley Bay Playhouse, this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet. Perhaps the most enticing prospect though, is another local favourite in Nadine Shah, who brings her band to the Playhouse on Monday 8th July.

The Whitburn native has become something of a regular at the festival over the years, having made previous appearances in 2014 (supported by a fledgling Fender) and in 2017, prior to the release of her incendiary third album, Holiday Destination. Inspired by the refugee crisis and her background as a second-generation immigrant, the record drew vast acclaim and earned Shah a much-merited Mercury nomination, cementing her place among the nation’s most fiery and forthright talents.

If that’s not enough to tempt you into a trip to the coast, the show also sports a terrific supporting cast. Hailing from Guildford, Annabel Allum’s wry, hook-laden and fuzzy songs have seen her likened to a British Courtney Barnett, while the opening slot is filled by Newcastle songwriter The Dawdler, hot on the heels of his beguiling and beautiful debut album Keith In Ballachulish.


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