Musicians from across the North East are taking to the stage for a month of concerts designed to showcase regional talent.

The Amphitheatre Live Music programme, part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival 2013, will run at the Amphitheatre, South Shields seafront, every Saturday and Thursday during June.

Each concert, which runs from 7pm until 9pm, will feature a different band or singer from the North East, giving music fans of all ages a chance to see some of the region’s most talented artists performing live.

This includes Newcastle five-piece Eliza Smiles, who open the programme alongside Barely Human on Saturday, June 1.    They will be followed by South Shields singer Dean James, Whitburn musician Paul Liddell and Harton Technology College student, Cortney Dixon, who share the open-air stage on Thursday, June 6.

Other acts set to perform include Kildare and The Enzymes (June 15), South Shields-based band Arbeia, who will share the stage with Wood and Wire (June 22), North East rock band The Karma Heart, County Durham four piece Lost in Paradise (both June 27) and Newcastle funk and jazz group Nick Pride and the Pimptones (June 29).

Recent Pride of South Tyneside award winners The Waiters will also perform on Thursday, June 13 as part of a special music showcase in association with The Customs House arts centre and The Cave youth initiative centre, South Shields.

They will be joined by young North East punk band Badlanders, South Shields-based group The Outtakes and soloist Callum.

Students from South Tyneside College will also be given the chance to showcase their talents, with a special show on Thursday, June 20.

The Amphitheatre will host an additional evening of emerging talent on Saturday, June 8 as a precursor to the Bernicia Festival, which is running at the Customs House in August.

This special event, known as Bernicia Rising, will be headlined by indie-pop group Athletes in Paris and feature three hours of North East performers from 6pm until 9pm.

The Amphitheatre Live Music Programme, which is free to attend, forms part of three-months of entertainment being held as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival 2013.

Cllr Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of festival organiser South Tyneside Council, said: “The South Tyneside Summer Festival 2013 will host performances from a variety of household names, including Rick Astley and Blue, but we’re extremely proud to also be giving North East acts and emerging talent the chance to take centre stage and introduce music lovers of all ages to their music.”

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