Grammy-nominated singer is first act announced for popular festival

Mouth Of The Tyne Festival 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman

Mouth Of The Tyne Festival 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman

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Top music star James Bay has been announced as the first act appearing at this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

The Grammy-nominated English singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform an outdoor concert at Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Saturday, July 9.

James’ 2014 single ‘Hold Back the River’ has now been certified platinum. His debut album ‘Chaos and the Calm’ followed last year along with achieving the Brit Awards ‘Critic’s Choice’ prize.

In December, he received three Grammy Award nominations including Best New Artist.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the breakthrough artist of 2015, James Bay, to North Tyneside and the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

“With more exciting announcements to come, we are sure this will be one of the most popular festivals yet.”

Tickets for James Bay at Tynemouth Priory and Castle go on sale 10am on Friday, January 29, at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival, now in its 12th year, has welcomed a vast range of household name artists to North Tyneside including Paul Weller, Beverley Knight, The Script and James Morrison.

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, 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. Already 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.”

For more visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com or email events@northtyneside.gov.uk