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Rufus Wainwright to play Mouth of the Tyne festival gig at The Playhouse Whitley Bay

'The greatest songwriter on the planet' - according to Elton John - joins Paul Heaton, The Specials and Jack Savoretti at the Mouth of the Tyne festival

Singer Rufus Wainwright will be performing as part of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival
Singer Rufus Wainwright will be performing as part of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Rufus Wainwright has been added to the bill of this summer’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

The internationally-renowned singer, who Sir Elton John calls “the greatest songwriter on the planet”, will play the Playhouse Whitley Bay on July 8.

The son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright, Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theatre, dance, and film.

His gig, which has been organised by North Tyneside Council will kick off five days of festival music featuring Beautiful South founder Paul Heaton and long time band singer Jacqui Abbott; British ska legends The Specials (both at Tynemouth Priory and Castle on July 10 and 11 respectively) as well as local up and comers, Lisbon and singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti (both at The Playhouse on July 9 and 10).

The addition of Rufus to the bill of the 11th annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival is sure to excite his many fans from all over the North East and tickets are expected to sell out fast.

Tickets, priced at £29.50 and £35 go on sale on Friday, May 8 at 9am and are available from the box office on 0844 248 1588 or online at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

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