Festival fever growing ahead of popular event

Mayor Norma Redfearn and Port of Tynes Paul Moffat with a festival programme inside Tynemouth Priory and Castle.
Mayor Norma Redfearn and Port of Tynes Paul Moffat with a festival programme inside Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

Festival fever is beginning to grip North Tyneside as a popular event returns for the 12th year.

The eagerly-anticipated Mouth of the Tyne Festival in Tynemouth gets underway on Thursday.

Bryan Ferry fans are expected to flock from across the country to see him open the festival at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, supported by Nadine Shah.

The following night, Brit award-winner Will Young will take to the stage, and Tunde Baiyewu, the voice of the Lighthouse Family, will be his special guest.

Grammy-nominated James Bay will perform to a sold out crowd on the Saturday night, supported by Hyde and Beast, and Lulu and Lemar will close the festival on Sunday.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Like so many of our residents, I am really looking forward to this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

“With such a talented line-up, it is set to be another fantastic event.

“As well as live music, the programme is also packed with free entertainment for all the family, including world-class street performers, a colourful pageant, dance, jazz and arts activities.

“I hope everyone who comes along has a great time.”

Elsewhere in the borough, Playhouse Whitley Bay will host Frank Turner and The Temperance Movement.

Tynemouth’s popular Surf Cafe will see some special gigs from Futureheads lead singer and guitarist Barry Hyde and Gomez front man Ben Ottewell, with BBC Newcastle rounding off the weekend at the venue with an ‘Introducing’ night on the Sunday.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival will also see an array of free street entrainment in Tynemouth as well as free family-friendly fun in the Metro station on Saturday and Sunday.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival is organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Kier, Tyne Met College and Port of Tyne.

Andrew Moffat CBE, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Tyne, said: “The Port of Tyne is proud to continue its support for the Mouth of The Tyne Festival, which gets bigger and better every year.

“The line-up is looking fantastic and is set to bring thousands of visitors to North Tyneside to enjoy world-class music and entertainment against the backdrop of our beautiful coastline and heritage.”

Parking will be extremely limited in Tynemouth Village so a ‘park and ride’ service will operate from Beaconsfield, in Tynemouth, at a cost of £3 per car – this applies on Saturday and Sunday only.

There is also parking available for just £1 at Northumberland Park Metro station.

To view the full programme of events, or to buy tickets for the shows, go to www.mouthofthetynefestival.com