Pop icon Lulu brings Tynemouth festival to a close

Lulu performed a sell-out show. Picture by Jane Coltman

Lulu performed a sell-out show. Picture by Jane Coltman

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Pop legend Lulu brought the Mouth of the Tyne Festival to a spectacular finale this evening.

Thousands of people cheered and sang along as the Scottish star headlined the last of four outdoor concerts at Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

Lulu takes the applause. Picture by Jane Coltman

Lulu takes the applause. Picture by Jane Coltman

The festival, organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Kier, Tyne Met College and Port of Tyne. had an impressive line-up this year.

Earlier today, Brit and MOBO award-winner Lemar, Kieran Taylor, Nick Pride and the Pimptones and Shields thrilled the crowds.
It was also a big day for local band Static Castles, a band from Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend, who won their place on the main stage after beating 10 other acts to be voted top performers at Event @ Segedunum, an outdoor music event for North Tyneside’s 11 to 19-year-olds.

Last night, Grammy award-nominated James Bay headlined the festival as rain failed to dampen spirits of the festival-goers.

Friday night was headlined by Will Young while Bryan Ferry kicked off proceedings on Thursday.

She makes you want to Shout - Lulu on stage at Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

She makes you want to Shout - Lulu on stage at Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

Festival visitors have also enjoyed free international street entertainment with performers from France, Spain, Australia and Canada.

Tynemouth Station hosted activities for under-fives and there has been a free jazz programme outside the Gibraltar Rock.

Tynemouth’s popular Surf Cafe has seen 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 tonight.

It was a fitting finale. Picture by Jane Coltman

It was a fitting finale. Picture by Jane Coltman

The sell-out crowd loved Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

The sell-out crowd loved Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman