What music festivals are happening in the North East throughout the summer of 2022?

Noel Gallagher is one of the artists playing in Newcastle this summer. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Summer may seem like a world away from the chilly evenings we’re currently experiencing, but it won’t be long before the days are getting longer and music festivals are looming on the horizon, and after two summers of uncertainty and cancellations, there’s no better time to support local festivals.

The North East is hosting a wide variety of events over the summer of 2022 with top performers joining local artists for a high-profile summer of music.

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The North East’s biggest festival – This Is Tomorrow – is set to return to Newcastle Exhibition Center this summer.

This year the festival returns to its usual early June slot, with no acts yet announced for the festival which has already seen headliners from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Sam Fender and Stereophonics.

Having played This Is Tomorrow in the past, Noel Gallagher is set to return to the North East this summer as he and his band headline the new Rock N’ Roll Circus event on the Town Moor on June 9.

The Charlatans and local indie prodigy Andrew Cushin are booked to play the same night with event organizers promising top talent alongside “the weird and wonderful world of the circus”.

A similar event is planned for the May Bank Holiday weekend when James return to Newcastle after their title set at This Is For The NHS in September 2021. The Manchester band are the lead performers in the new Live Leazes festival, which will also see The Pale White and The Futureheads play to attract local audiences to Leazes Park. Merseyside-based indie band The K’s will also perform with other acts to be announced as part of the build-up to the festival.

Elsewhere in Newcastle, a new festival named live generator arrives in the city on June 25. Prepared to celebrate the best and upcoming acts in the North East, the event is put on by Generator North East, one of the UK’s leading talent development agencies and is expected to be a safe, inclusive and accessible for live music fans who want to see the area’s next big thing.

Closer to the coast, the Mouth Of The Tyne festival is set to return this summer as crowds flock to Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Alternative rock band Keane are set to perform hits such as ‘Everybody’s Changing’ and Somewhere Only We Know” in North Tyneside on Friday July 8, while local duo Lighthouse Family will take the stage on July 9.

Further north, the Lindisfarne Festival is set to return this year with the Northumberland event scheduled for the weekend of September 1-4. The full line-up was released at the end of January and sees Madness and Rudimental occupy two of the headliners with Elvana – a UK festival favorite which sees an Elvis Presley impersonator take on the role of Kurt Cobain in a Nirvana tribute band.

Artists such as Smoove and Turrell and Andrew Cushin from the North East will also hit the Northumberland coast the first weekend in September.

The team behind the Lindisfarne festival also hold a child-focused festival over a month before the main event. Little Lindias it will be called, is preparing for its first year in 2022 after years of planning.

Based at Lambton Estate in County Durham, the organizers promise a fully immersive event filled with live music, art and culture to ensure children are fully immersed in the festival experience. With acts such as a DJ set from Huey Morgan as well as live music from local band Holy Moly and the Crackers and mainstay of the festival circuit Beans On Toast, the event taking place July 22-25 is at not to be missed for those with little ones.

Sunderland is set for a crazy musical summer after a successful 2021 which saw the Waves Festival make an impressive debut at city center venues. Although there was no confirmation of the event continuing for a second year, the festival’s social media teased another day of live music.

Mowbray Park will also host a festival this summer as Lamplight is set to finally arrive in Sunderland this year. The new festival was originally scheduled for 2020 before being pushed back to summer 2021, when it was also postponed.

The Kaiser Chiefs were set to play the first incarnation of the festival, and they will still travel to Wearside this summer on the second day of the festival in August with Jack Savoretti and Deacon Blue headlining on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Sunderland will also host Steps, Vengaboys, Shed Seven, Happy Mondays and more over two weekends in July. The Herrington Country Park festival is bigger than ever this year, with a day of pop music on July 9 and two afternoons of guitar and indie music on July 15 and 16. Midlands reggae band UB40 are the newest addition to the lineup and they will headline the Main Stage on Friday July 15, the opening night of the Indie Rock Weekend.

Heading a little further south, Hardwick Live is set to return this year on August 20-21. Previous years have seen Manic Street Preachers, James, Rag n Bone Man and The Zutons play the Durham event, although no lineup announcements have been made. again for 2022.

Elsewhere in Durham, Northern Parents Festival is making a comeback this summer with live music on two stages for three days from April 29 to May 1. The main lineup for the event has already been announced with Newton Faulkner, Del Amitri and Squeeze headlining the main stage each night and other big names in the form of New Model Army, Dr Feelgood and Ferocious Dog.

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