Pop band Lawson to play Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Pop act Lawson who will play at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.
Pop act Lawson who will play at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Pop act Lawson are the latest act to be announced for this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

The four-piece band, who released their first single in 2012, will perform at Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Friday, July 11.

Lawson – who have had five top ten singles including ‘Standing in the Dark’, ‘Learn to Love Again’, ‘Broken Hearted’ and ‘Juliet’ – have sold out multiple headline tours in the UK, as well as shows in North America, south east Asia, Australia and Europe.

Their debut album ‘Chapman Square’ – named after the flat where the foursome came together – made it into the top five of the album charts.

Lawson are named after a surgeon who performed an operation on lead singer and acoustic guitarist Andy Brown. The 18-hour operation was to remove a life-threatening brain tumour and saw him spend three months in hospital.

Tickets costing £20 each, plus booking fee, go on sale from www.ticketmaster.co.uk at 9am on Thursday, March 6.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Lawson to the festival and I’m sure their north east fans can’t wait to see them in the stunning setting of Tynemouth Priory and Castle.”

Festival organisers have also announced a trio of artists who will perform at the Playhouse Whitley Bay as part of the event.

British singer-songwriter and rising star Nadine Shah supported The Futureheads as part of the festival last year and returns with her own headline show on Wednesday, July 9.

Texan folk-rockers Midlake continue their European tour with a show on July 10. The six-strong band of former jazz students will showcase their latest prog-rock inspired album, ‘Antiphon’.

And punk-poet John Cooper Clarke – a performer that’s toured with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Buzzcocks – will take to the stage on Wednesday, July 16.

Tickets at a range of prices go on sale for the Playhouse shows at 9am on Friday, March 7, at www.eventim.co.uk

Further announcements about this year’s event will follow in the next few weeks.

Last week, festival organisers announced Paul Weller would be performing at Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Saturday, July 12.

For more information visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com