Countdown is on to the Mouth of Tyne festival

Rufus Wainwright who will be at the Playhouse Whitley Bay as part of the festival.
Rufus Wainwright who will be at the Playhouse Whitley Bay as part of the festival.
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The countdown is on to this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival which returns this summer packed with live music, world-class street performers, a colourful pageant, dance, jazz and arts activities.

The festival, supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and Tyne Met College, will take place from Wednesday, July 8, to Sunday, July 12, in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Music highlights at Tynemouth Priory and Castle include; Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, The Specials, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and The Christians, while Rufus Wainwright, Lisbon and Jack Savoretti will perform at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

This year’s pageant will include hundreds of local school children and young people embracing a colourful ‘Diverse Musical Cultures of Britain’ theme. Schools, bands and community groups will take part in the procession.

The popular jazz stage will once again be outside of the Gibraltar Rock and free street entertainment featuring some weird and wonderful acts will take place on Front Street.

A Park and Ride service will operate from Beaconsfield in Tynemouth at a cost of £3 per car. There is also parking available for just £1 at Northumberland Park Metro Station.

For more information about this year’s event visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com.