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North East Music Festival guide: What’s happening and where in Sunderland and beyond for summer 2022


After two summers of uncertainty, cancellations and Covid, there’s no better time to support local festivals.

The North East is set to host a wide variety of events over the summer of 2022, with top artists set to join local artists for a bumper music season.

Sunderland are in line for a crazy summer schedule after a successful 2021, which saw the Waves Festival make an impressive debut at city center venues. Although there has been no confirmation yet of the event continuing for a second year, the festival’s social media has teased another day of live music.

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Kaiser Chiefs are set to play at Sunderland’s Lamplight Festival this summer. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)

Mowbray Park will also host a festival this summer, with Lamplight finally set to 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 due to play the first incarnation of the festival and are still expected to 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, Aqua, the Vengaboys, Shed Seven, Happy Mondays and more over two weekends in July. The Kubix 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.

The North East’s biggest festival – This Is Tomorrow – is set to return to Newcastle Exhibition Center this summer after the 2021 event was postponed to September due to Covid restrictions.

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 perform on the same night, with event organizers promising top talent alongside “the weird and wonderful world of the circus”.

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 to the stage on July 9.

Further north, the Lindisfarne Festival is set to make a return this year, with the Northumberland event scheduled for the weekend of September 1-4. The full weekend lineup will be released on January 31.