Brighton singer Sam Tompkins headlines music festival

Sam Tompkins will headline A Stone’s Throw festival in Tynemouth and North Shields in May.

The Brighton-born busker shot to fame last year after Justin Bieber paid tribute to him for his music.

In a statement posted on social media, Sam said: “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m headlining my very first festival.

“It’s so crazy for me. I can’t wait to play A Stones throw festival in Newcastle. So exciting.”

The festival, described as the coastal music trail of the North East, will see 50 musical numbers perform at 12 venues on May 28.

Sam began his career performing on the streets of Brighton – primarily Bond Street and Ship Street.

In August, Justin Bieber – one of the best-selling artists of all time – paid tribute to Sam on his Instagram page.

He encouraged his 188 million followers to listen to Sam’s (W)hole single.

In a previous interview with The Argus, Sam praised his hometown for giving him a platform to share his work.

“I owe a lot to Brighton and the people who call it home for bringing me up so early in my career and steadily ever since,” he said.

“I’m just super grateful to be able to live my dream like this.”

Sam’s song (W)hole was released in August. The track explores Sam’s feelings about the current state of the world.

“Sometimes it seems hopeless and when you look around you there are so many things that divide us from each other, but the only way to put things on the right track is to work together,” he said. he declares.

Salt Market Social will be the main venue while other participants will include The Exchange, The Engine Room, Three Tanners Bank, Flash House Brewery, Karma Coast, Tynemouth CIU, Barca Art Bar and The Watchhouse Museum.

Other artists performed including Lauran Hibberd, Berwyn, Wych Elm, Rudie Edwards and Tamzene.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale Friday.

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