WHAT an amazing weekend is in store for music-lovers lucky enough to live in the North East!
New York-based Martha Wainwright is just one of the acts performing under the umbrella of the SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead.
The festival began last night but there’s music – free and ticketed – throughout the weekend.
Wainwright, supported by Sam Amidon, plays Hall One at Sage Gateshead tonight while Honky Tonk Angels, a celebration of women in country music, rocks the rafters in Hall Two.
The free Jumpin’ Hot Club Outdoor Stage, outside the Sage, starts today and tomorrow at noon.
There’s more free music in Exhibition Park, Newcastle, from 1pm today, courtesy of the Northern Pride festival.
Among those on the bill are Toyah Willcox, the multi-talented ex-punk, Amelia Lily and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves fame.
Down in Chester-le-Street, meanwhile, it falls tonight to Jessie J to stoke up the atmosphere at Durham County Cricket Ground ahead of the Aussies, who will be keen to prove they’re not a bunch of losers in the fourth Ashes Test next month.
More free entertainment can be found tomorrow in South Shields where Toploader are the latest main attraction at the ongoing South Tyneside Summer Festival.
The band, whose hits include Dancing in the Moonlight and Achilles Heel, will take the stage at Bents Park along with former members of the Beautiful South who now perform as The South.
What promises to be a high octane gig starts at 2pm.