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Jack Brooke-Battersby
By Jack Brooke-Battersby

Senior Staff Writer

9 December 2019

| | 3 min read

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Sam Fender and Gerry Cinnamon top the bill for This is Tomorrow 2020

Two heavyweight headline acts have been announced as the North East’s largest outdoor music festival prepares to return in 2020.

This is Tomorrow 2020
This is Tomorrow 2020

Among a host of tantalising announcements, the North East’s local star Sam Fender and Glaswegian giant Gerry Cinnamon are confirmed to top the bill at This is Tomorrow.

After welcoming over 30,000 revellers through its gates last year, This Is Tomorrow will return to Exhibition Park in Newcastle on 22nd-24th May 2020.

Scottish singer-songwriter Cinnamon, who sold 50,000 Hampden Park tickets within minutes of going on sale just two weeks ago, will headline the Saturday leg of This is Tomorrow followed by hometown hero Sam Fender on the Sunday. 

Organiser Steve Davis said: “We are excited that this year's line-up is so diverse, with Friday's headliners and special guests on both days to be added, it is one of the stand-out line-ups in the country for 2020 for sure.

“We have worked positively with both Sam and Gerry's teams to bring line-ups that both headliners wanted, and I am really happy with the end result. As ever I'd like to thank the Freemen of Newcastle, Urban Green and Newcastle City Council for their can-do attitude when it comes to bringing large scale events to the city.

We have new elements to add to the festival in 2020 and we are excited to see it develop, to have two of the UK's hottest talents headlining is really positive for the event.”

Stephen Savage, assistant director events and special projects at Newcastle City Council, said: “After the success of the first This is Tomorrow festival we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better event this time around.

“With local lad Sam Fender and the ever-popular Gerry Cinnamon, and many more great acts now confirmed, it already looks like an exciting line up.

“Newcastle knows how to put on an amazing show and I’m looking forward to a memorable weekend in May. Exhibition Park was the perfect venue for the first This is Tomorrow and our thanks go to the Freemen of Newcastle and Urban Green Newcastle for facilitating it once again.”

James Cross, Chief Executive of Urban Green Newcastle – the independent charity responsible for the management, development and protection of Newcastle’s parks and allotments - said: “Our parks are open to everyone so we’re delighted to be welcoming back This is Tomorrow to Exhibition Park so music fans can enjoy three days of fantastic live acts in this special city centre location.

“This is Tomorrow forms part of Urban Green Newcastle’s year-long programme of events; helping bring communities together so they can discover our city’s amazing parks and green spaces.

“Events are an important part of securing the future of our parks and allotments too. The income we make from hosting This is Tomorrow in Exhibition Park will be reinvested across all the green spaces we manage so they continue to be vibrant, exciting, safe and welcoming places for people to visit and enjoy.”

To keep up with all the latest announcements about This is Tomorrow, visit www.thisistomorrow.co.uk