The Great Geordie Song Contest deadline is approaching: all entries must be submitted by 9pm, Friday, March 27, 2020.

Cheers editor Alastair Gilmour explained, “This is a fantastic opportunity for singer/songwriters. We are looking for songs about working class life in the North East. They can be overtly political, observational, comedic or love songs. On the judging panel are Geordie music legend Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne and song writer/producer Jordan Miller, who was musical director of The Great Joe Wilson and The Great Geordie Songbook.

Judges will select six songs to go through to the final held on Monday, May 11 (7.30pm) at Prohibition in Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW.

The final, hosted by comedian Gavin Webster, will also feature Great Geordie Songbook star Micky Cochrane and guitarist Stephen Cochrane.

Tickets for the show are strictly limited to 40. Tickets cost £10 from: or call 07960 066 377.

The song competition rules are as follows

1. Only one entry per person, who will perform solo on the night.

2. Three minutes maximum length.

3. Original and not previously released.

4. Entries will be via Cheers North East website ( Digital sound files (eg MP3) emailed via WeTransfer to Lyrics are to be written into the body of the email, with the subject line including ‘Great Geordie Song Contest’.

5. The copyright remains with the writer.

6. The winning song will be performed at Joe Wilson Night 2020 (November 29).

7. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

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