First artists revealed for the 2015 Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot, who will be performing at next year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by Andrew Whitton.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot, who will be performing at next year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by Andrew Whitton.

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The first artists have been confirmed for next year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival – the 11th year it will take place in the grounds of Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) for Beautiful South founder Paul Heaton and long time band singer Jacqui Abbott, who will perform on Friday, July 10, while British ska legends The Specials will take to the stage the following night.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The festival continues to go from strength to strength.

“There’ll be more announcements in the new year about all the other great things to get involved with at the festival.”

In 2011, almost 20 years after The Beautiful South’s first album, founder Paul Heaton and singer Jacqui Abbott reunited to record and perform together.

The Specials transformed British pop in the late Seventies and early Eighties, mixing ska with punk and humour.

Tickets for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott cost £29.50 each and tickets for The Specials are priced at £40 each. Booking fees apply.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, December 12, at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary this year with highlights including a sell-out Paul Weller concert, a children’s pageant, special performances in Tynemouth Station and one-off shows at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

Around 90,000 people attended across all events at the festival and it is estimated to generate over £700,000 for the local economy.

The event is organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Port of Tyne.

For more information visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com