A host of up and coming bands, emerging artists and established acts are lining up for a month of live music in South Tyneside.
The free Amphitheatre live music series will return on Thursday and Saturday evenings, from 7pm to 9pm, throughout June as part of the South Tyneside Festival 2017.
The popular series at the open-air amphitheatre at Sandhaven will get underway on Thursday 1 June, with The Sour Dogs - a Tyneside band heavily influenced by classic RnB and 60s as well as punk and rock. Somebody's Cat, a funky new band to the North East circuit, will also play their Americana, blues, country and rock sounds on the evening.
Next up, on Saturday 3 June, is an evening of blues from The Boneshakers, a five-piece rock blues band from Newcastle as well as blues and Americana duo Oil City Shakers.
South Shields band, The Spacehoppers, will perform hit songs of legendary bands and musicians from the early 70s including Bay City Rollers, T Rex, Slade and many more on Thursday 8 June. Ultimate 80's cover band The Breakfast Club will continue the feel good factor with a set of iconic hits from the decade.
Local six piece, indie, rock and dance group The Good Souls will take to the stage on Saturday 10 June. They cover songs from the likes of Erasure, Killers and Oasis. One of the region's finest duos, Acoustic Keys will also take to the stage.
South Tyneside College's talented music students will be returning to the Amphitheatre this summer to wow the crowds with their annual showcase on Thursday 15 June.
And on Saturday 17 June, five-piece acoustic, soulful, rock band, The Caffreys will perform. They will be joined on the evening by Tony Bengtsson with his Americana folk sounds.
Avid music fans can discover a wealth of new musical talent with the CustomSpace Showcase, featuring Jen Stevens, Scream of Sirens and Envy, on Thursday 22 June.
The Amphitheatre live music programme will close on Saturday 24 June with performances by Jay Burt and high energy RnB group The Revolutionaires.
Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: "The Amphitheatre live music programme is a wonderful way to showcase North East talent and offers music lovers from across the region the opportunity to relax and enjoy summer evenings with great music by the sea.
"I'm sure all those who come along will be up on their feet enjoying the entertainment on offer."
The Amphitheatre live music programme, organised by South Tyneside Council in partnership with Minchella & Co, is just one of the musical highlights of the wider South Tyneside Festival 2017, which runs from June until August.
The legendary free Sunday concerts return to Bents Park with performances from KT Tunstall (9 July) Busted (16 July) Louisa Johnson and Jedward (23 July) and Sister Sledge (30 July). Admission remains free. However a limited number of Priority Access Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or Shop @ The Word for £5 per person per concert to guarantee access on the day.
In addition to this, some of the finest brass bands from across the North East will be playing at the Amphitheatre every Sunday afternoon in June, July and August. There will also be classical music in the bandstand at South Marine Park on Saturdays in July and August.
For more information and full listings for the South Tyneside Festival 2017, go to www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk search for South Tyneside Events on Facebook, follow STynesideEvents on Twitter or call the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on (0191) 424 7788.