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A Season Of Live Music At The Amphitheatre

Summer is nearly here and with it comes a variety of FREE music events at the Amphitheatre on Sea Road, South Shields.

There is something for everyone this year, from established acts to new talent, with the first evening of entertainment takes place on Monday 2nd June when one of the Country's most famous rhythm and blues bands will be performing a special acoustic show.

The Animals and Friends - Live and Unleashed will feature original members, Dave Rowberry and John Steel as well as an all-star line up. They will perform unplugged versions of Animal classics along with some of the greatest songs of the last century.

The following consecutive Monday nights will feature ethnic and folk music from a variety of acts including Danu, a new traditional Irish band; Aziz Ibrahim, the ex Stone Roses and Simply Red guitarist, who will be performing a special acoustic show featuring Dalbir Singh Rattan on Tablas; and 1998 Mercury Music Prize Award nominee Eliza Carthy who has firmly established herself as a leading young folk performer. All shows begin at 7.30pm and entrance is FREE

Again, Wednesday evenings will be devoted to up and coming bands with the support of STRIDE Youth Music Forum. For the 2003 season, STRIDE has helped organise Clash City Rockers, Sanddance, Casual Kai, Rayne, Tony Liddel, Arrival, Last Men on Earth and Whitenoise. The entertainment will commence at 7pm and is again completely FREE.

Finally, Saturday nights are set to rock from June 7th when Spike (from the Quireboys) and his travelling rock 'n' roll band perform. Featuring Dave 'Bucket' Colwell, Paul Guerin, Mike Lee and Keith Weir, the night will include songs from Spikes debut solo album 'It's a Treat to be Alive'.

The finale of this years season of live entertainment at the Amphitheatre sees The Zombies vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboard player/songwriter Rod Argent perform classics, including 'She's Not There' and 'Time of the Season', along with songs from their individual back catalogues. They will be supported by PUSH, which features some of the finest musicians from the region such as Tony McNally and Steve Tennent.

For full listings of the Amphitheatre Live Music Season and Cookson Festival please contact the festival office on 424 7986 or email

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