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The Lake Poets join The Journal Culture Awards bill

A second major act has been announced to play at the The Journal Culture Awards later this year

The Lake Poets
The Lake Poets

The popular ceremony, which annually recognises and rewards the best of the North East’s cultural output, will take place in Hall One at Sage Gateshead on the evening of April 16.

Newcastle-based Mercury Music Prize nominee, Kathryn Williams was first to confirm her on-stage attendance for one of the evening’s top drawer performance slots.

Now it has been confirmed that The Lake Poets - the musical identity of acclaimed Sunderland singer/songwriter, Martin Longstaff - will also perform at the ceremony.

The popular 25-year-old said: “I was over the moon to be asked. When you look back at the acts who have performed in the past, it’s a real honour.”

Previous performers at the awards have included The Unthanks, The Futureheads, Beccy Owen, Bad Taste Cru, Ballet Lorent, The Lindisfarne Story and Radio Four regular Kate Fox.

Martin said: “I’m a big fan of The Futureheads and love Kathryn Williams too, so it will be special for me to perform on the same bill as her.”

The Lake Poets will join the Culture Awards bill after a breakthrough year.

The band’s single, April was added to the coveted Radio One playlist which sparked much interest from festival organisers and live promoters.

“It was a good year,” said Martin. “I played a lot of festivals on the back of the Radio One playlisting, like T In The Park and Kendal Calling and also got to play to thousands of people when I supported James Morrison at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. That was fantastic.

“I also went further than I’d ever been in terms of gigging. I played dates from Inverness to Cornwall, which was really good.”

Now back at home, Martin is currently working on The Lake Poets’ debut and yet-to-be-named EP, which will be released later in the year.

He said: “I’ve been concentrating on getting the record out, so I’ve been saying ‘no’ to live stuff for a while. But I had to say ‘yes’ to the Culture Awards. It was too good a chance to miss.”

* The Journal Culture Awards 2013 will take place in Hall One, Sage Gateshead on April 16. For tickets, which are priced at £10, call 0191 443 4661 or visit www.sagegateshead.com


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