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There’s two things in life you can rely on; Aynsley & the band always giving a quality gig and the unreliability of the British Summer weather. With that in mind, Saturday’s open-air gig at South Shields’ Amphitheatre was bound to be a meeting of the unmoveable object and the unstoppable force.

Much of the sound check was given over to covering and securing the equipment under the threatening skies and brisk winds. Andre’s keyboard was still covered, Steve tried to do much the same with his amp and pedals, Aynsley was desperate for a hat but it was Boneto you had to feel for: he spent most of the time securing every piece of his kit to the riser; the cymbals were already acting like the blades of a Chinook helicopter and you couldn’t help but feel that if the wind picked-up any more, Boneto, the kit and the riser would end up anywhere between Sunderland and Stockholm. That should give a fair impression of the challenges some of us avoided from the shelter of Minchellas and a hot coffee..

The evening was due to be started by an acoustic Russ Tippins, but after the problems setting up and the likelihood of the weather adding rain to the problems, Russ generously demurred his set to let the band play as much as they could. Everything got away in fine form, the hardy folks of Shields who turned out were getting warmed up as the guys grooved though Sugar and Inside Out. They just got into Hyde 2612 and the first drops of rain hit causing an impromptu break, and a speedy cover-up and dive for shelter.

Fortunately; the squall wasn’t long lasting and it was soon back down to business with Tore Down and a thumping second half-set ending with the ubiquitous Purple Rain, for which the sun briefly showed it’s face. For that, and the endurance of a hardy crowd, the band came back for a deserved encore and a very hot & funky improv worked round James Brown’s Sex Machine. Such are the joys of performing at open-air festivals. The song of the evening though, I’m not sure if it was already in the set-list or whether it was included due to the weather, but it certainly summed it up – Hurricane.

On the flip-side, good to see that a number of folk did turn out to check out the band, as well as a good number of regulars, and also Bluebell who we haven’t seen out and about much lately. It also gave me an opportunity to catch up with a couple of old friends I haven’t seen in an embarrassingly long time, but I think will be at a few Aynsley shows in the future.

As an end note - the South Tyneside Festival runs throughout the summer with bands on at the Amphitheatre on Thursdays and Saturdays as well as matinee shows in July in neighbouring Bents Park, with a mix of bands to give a “something for everyone” feel - and they’re FREE!!!

     

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i think by the time I arrived late and did my network routine, that’s ‘talking’ to anyone who’ll listen think I caught 4 tunes lol I think i’ll be getting dragged back for Sophie Ellis bextor, The feeling and Billy Ocean later in the summer. But don’t tell anyone!

     
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Hey, don’t be disparaging about Sophie Ellis, I know she moved from the Indie to the Pop end of the spectrum, but it didn’t do Blondie any harm…. I’m quite looking forward to catching that gig, and seeing The Feeling again. I got taken to see them a while back, and have to admit, they’re a good band.

In case you didn’t know the connection, the bassist in The Feeling is Sophie Ellis’ hubby….

     

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Well, caught the Sophie Ellis / Feeling double-header last week-end, (main stage in Bent’s Park) and it was a great show; even had the power to divert the rainclouds for the afternoon.

A very noticeably pregnant Sophie just picked up the crowded park and danced their feet off at the end of her set. “Disco” may be a dirty word in some quarters, but when its done with this much class & panache it’s time for the most cynical of us to done the boogie-boots.

https://youtu.be/1DhswEULOPY

I’ve seen The Feeling before and was mightily impressed, but put the guys in “festival” mode and they really kick it up a notch or two. One of those bands, you don’t realise how many of their songs you know until you hear the hooks, and their “influences medley” is a great way to close a day’s gig.

Got to give a mention to their bassist Richard Jones; not only did The Feeling’s set, but backed the missus Sophie Ellis Bextor for her set - wonder if he sorted the tour-bus dilemma (the band’s or the missus’)?

Edit; - reports say that over 14,000 were in the park, and that at one point, they had to close the gates.

     

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The full line up for the 2016 Live Music at the Amphitheatre programme of events is:

Thursday 2 June - Bessie & The Zinc Buckets + King Size Voodoo Traveller

Saturday 4 June - The Firelight Opera + Cohesion

Thursday 9 June - CustomSpace Showcase featuring Stratosphere, Alba Nights and Envy

Saturday 11 June - UK Rock Legends + Russ Tippins

Thursday 16 June - South Tyneside College Music Showcase

Saturday 18 June - Albino Crocodiles + The Crack

Thursday 23 June - Garage Live Showcase

Saturday 25 June - The Blow Monkeys + Steve Daggett

All events run 7 - 9pm, except on 16 June which is 6.30 - 9pm.
- See more at: http://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/30140/South-Tyneside-Festival-Live-Music-at-the-Amphitheatre?InstanceId=301402016060407000021599#sthash.hbrUW81L.dpuf

     

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As for the Sunday, Free Concerts in Bents Park, through July; so far:-

July 10th - Alexandra Burke + Ben Haenow

July 17th - The Proclaimers + Lindisfarne

July 24th - Tony Hadley

July 31st - UB40


May not be to everyone’s taste, but did I mention, they’re FREE…...

     

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Line up for South Shields’ amphitheatre June Thusdays for 2017 looks like this:-

Thursday 1 June - The Sour Dogs + Somebody’s Cat
Saturday 3 June - The Boneshakers + Oil City Shakers
Thursday 8 June - The Spacehoppers + The Breakfast Club
Saturday 10 June - The Good Souls + Acoustic Keys
Thursday 15 June - South Tyneside College
Saturday 17 June - The Caffreys + Tony Bengtsson
Thursday 22 June - CustomSpace Showcase
Saturday 24 June - The Revolutionaires + Jay Burt

With K.T. Tunstall being the first headliner for July’s Bents Park Proms - 9th July….
Followed by Busted on the 16th July.
Looks like a load of X-Factor types on 23rd July - including some gratuitous Jedward… (a word we never thought would be mentioned on the forum…ever….)
Legendry Sister Sledge on 30th July.

This year though, there is a “priority” entry charge of £5 per head (tickets available - see website https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/58682/South-Tyneside-Festival for more details).

     

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The line-up for 2018’s concerts in Bents Park has been finalised; Pixie Lott; The Vamps; Scouting For Girls & what looks like a double header, Heather Small & Atomic Kitten.
Well, at least they’re free, unless you opt for the £5 pass that guarantees you entry….

The bands playing the amphitheatre on Saturdays & Thursdays throughout June have been listed, and look like this:-
◾2 June - The Troubleshooters
◾7 June - Custom Space Showcase
◾9 June - The Garage Studios present Post Rome and Animal Sons
◾14 June - The Understudies
◾16 June - The Sleeze Sisters
◾21 June - South Tyneside College
◾23 June - Panic Report

     

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First band confirmed for 2019’s season in Bents Park:-

14th July - Marti Pellow….
21st July - The Lightning Seeds
28th July - Midge Ure & Nick Haywood
4th August - Gabrielle

     

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mcraggs27 - 11 April 2019 10:55 AM

First band confirmed for 2019’s season in Bents Park:-

14th July - Marti Pellow….

Updates to follow…..

I had a report of reunion gigs for Sunderlands finest from the 80s, Dance class, one of which will be at Shields amphitheatre in June. (If someone can lock them in a room to rehearse for a couple of days prior. )

     
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tilerman - 11 April 2019 10:59 AM
mcraggs27 - 11 April 2019 10:55 AM

First band confirmed for 2019’s season in Bents Park:-

14th July - Marti Pellow….

Updates to follow…..

I had a report of reunion gigs for Sunderlands finest from the 80s, Dance class, one of which will be at Shields amphitheatre in June. (If someone can lock them in a room to rehearse for a couple of days prior. )

Sunderland’s finest of the 80’s - surely Olga & The Toy Dolls….  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m7tPikH0UA

     

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mcraggs27 - 11 April 2019 01:38 PM
tilerman - 11 April 2019 10:59 AM
mcraggs27 - 11 April 2019 10:55 AM

First band confirmed for 2019’s season in Bents Park:-

14th July - Marti Pellow….

Updates to follow…..

I had a report of reunion gigs for Sunderlands finest from the 80s, Dance class, one of which will be at Shields amphitheatre in June. (If someone can lock them in a room to rehearse for a couple of days prior. )

Sunderland’s finest of the 80’s - surely Olga & The Toy Dolls….  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m7tPikH0UA

Nah, Danceclass, brilliant, once headlined over The Stranglers on The Tube! No bias there then !
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Something Special Came Our Way Early 1980’s. Rumblings in the local music scene most had never witnessed before. Music fans, icon seekers and general excitement lovers halted their weekly routines to witness what this fuss was about. They’d heard about it, we all had, but weren’t really sure what to expect. ‘Danceclass.’ And as the speeding years pass by making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between reality and time enhanced myth, we owe it to ourselves and our history to capture the pulse of those years. This was a highly charged, exciting time. As word of the next Danceclass gig leaked out, at the New Crown, Fino’s or the like - internal panic set in. Must get a ticket. Queue outside Image Records at 8 a.m., or call that ‘friend of a friend who knows the drummer’. Either way, you had to get one. No ticket, no chance. Danceclass would like to see you - but there just wasn’t any more room to let you in. All venues packed. Balanced on stools, the bar, hanging off speakers - anything. Everyone straining to get a look at this high energy foursome fronted by a string vested gentleman whose very presence requested your full attention. Straining to get a look now before they were off to bigger things; we knew we were witnessing something special here, the likes of which we wouldn’t get to see again in our days. Four encores. Still not enough. If you just hang on, they’ll come back on; we’ll wait thank-you. We knew we were lucky to be part of the band’s early days before they headed off to greater rock pastures afar. So one more please. Danceclass didn’t just play ‘songs’. Yes they were cleverly crafted, high energy tunes with lyrics which somehow sampled from your own youth, but they weren’t just ‘songs’. They were defining moments in time - and we all had our favourite. Hold On Me, Setting Myself on Fire, Fridays, Lay-by Love, You Talk My Head Off - and more. It wasn’t right. Local bands shouldn’t have a set-list like this. But they did. No wonder it prompted Kid Jensen to comment in his Daily Mirror music column of ‘Beatle-like mania’ generated by a local band in the North East. High praise indeed and probably overstated - but an indication of the activity of the time. And so the years unfolded for the unit so differently versus how we had assumingly planned for them. We are left with vivid memories not of what should have been but more importantly of what was - something special, which came our way.

     
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Line-up for the armpit, sorry amphitheatre:-

The annual summer-long free South Tyneside Festival kicks off in June with our fantastic Live Music at the Amphitheatre events.
Every Thursday and Saturday evening in June, except Saturday 8 June, the Seafront Amphitheatre will host outdoor performances from some of the most talented bands from around the region.

The line-up is:
Saturday 1 June - The Garage Studios presents
A showcase evening of new music brought to you by The Garage Recording and Rehearsal Studios, South Shields.

Thursday 6 June - NE Street Band
The North East’s own sounds of Springsteen band. Playing iconic songs from Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Thursday 13 June - Sound Divide
A fantastic 4 piece rock band playing cover songs by The Police, Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and more…

Saturday 15 June - The Wet Bandits
Harmony laden floor fillers and classics from some of the area’s finest musicians.

Thursday 20 June - South Tyneside College Music Department
Annual showcase event from South Tyneside College’s music department. Always a great event!

Saturday 22 June - The Sound Cartel
Dynamic South Tyneside 5 piece featuring two bumper hours of classics from The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Duran Duran, Bowie, The Beatles, The Boss, Queen, Coldplay and many more.

Thursday 27 June - The Alibis
High energy female fronted power trio featuring music from the 70’s to the present day.

Saturday 29 June - Bessie and the Zinc Buckets
The ever popular Bessie and the Zinc Buckets will once again bring Rockabilly mayhem to the Amphitheatre!

We’re also delighted to announce:
Saturday 13 July, 7 - 9pm
Danceclass plus support
Join us for this special one-off reunion gig from local legends Danceclass who headlined the first ever Amphitheatre Live Music season back in 1989!

     

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Well, last night was the return of 80s Newcastle legends Danceclass at the South Shields Amphitheatre It was everything I expected, a thousand people, a lot of whom remember the old days, and certainly remembered the lyrics, and a lot of anticipation. The band always used to dressed the same at every gig, last night they were smartly turned out in red Boiler suits. Not breaking bad, front man Dave Taggert said, more like breaking wind at our age.
This band are not a random band, one plays with Belinda Carlisle, another was Madonnas Musical Director and played with Seal amongst others. They had notable tours with SadCafe, Judy Tzuke and John Martyn.  Quality still shows,nearly 40 yrs. later

They played nearly all of their two albums, some of which I haven’t played for 30 yrs but the memories came flooding back.
1000 Geordies and Macems and Sand Dancers (South Shields folk) went way very happy
It wont be another 30 yrs, trust me.