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This year the SummerTyne Americana Festival at the Sage Gateshead turns ten and to celebrate the milestone birthday the organisers are throwing a weekend long party with some of their most famous friends coming along as guests of honour. If you’re not too au fait with SummerTyne, over the past decade the festival has brought some of the biggest and most talented musicians from the world of American roots music on both sides of the Atlantic, while this year they’re also presenting a good dose of southern soul, blues and gospel alongside the country and rock names.

For anyone who likes their country and roots music then they don’t come too more legendary nowadays than Emmylou Harris, who will be headlining the three day event. Alongside her long time collaborator Rodney Crowell, she’ll be performing some of her biggest and most memorable hits. She’s joined by Rosanne Cash & John Levanthal to present yet another intimate set for the SummerTyne punters; expect them to perform songs from Cash’s Grammy Award winning album The River & The Thread.

If you’re looking for something a little bit more alt. rock then the Sage are getting Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys to present his stunning conceptual travelogue American Interior to the audience, while the Felice Brothers are popping back to Tyneside with their brand of rustic folk tinged with rock’n’roll. Rising British country act The Shires bring their successful debut album Brave to the venue, while Jace Everett (the man who provided the theme song to True Blood) will also make an appearance.

Other acts coming to this year’s festival include Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, James Hunter Six, Ward Thomas, and Della Mae.

As usual, alongside the music there’s plenty of other treats in store to keep punters entertained, including musical river cruises, a film programme, talks and discussions, a record fair, a street food market, themed family fun activities (to keep the kids occupied!) and participatory choirs.

Even though some more acts still to be revealed, the Sage have already produced a stunning lineup for the festival’s tenth birthday, one that no fans of roots music will want to miss.

The SummerTyne Americana Festival takes place at the Sage Gateshead between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th July. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1st April.

Photo credit: Clay Patrick McBride

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