Thousands expected again to festival

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THE full line up for the eighth annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival has been confirmed.

The popular event will feature street performers, a jazz stage, a colourful Jubilee-themed pageant, a dance stage and live music performances.

Musical highlights at Tynemouth Priory and Castle include headliners The Wanted and McFly, synthpop band Heaven 17, The South (formerly the Beautiful South) and north east band the Caffreys. The Undertones and Richard Hawley will perform at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

The festival – organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and TyneMet College – takes place from Thursday, July 12, to Sunday, July 15, at locations in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

This year’s pageant will include hundreds of local schoolchildren embracing a colourful Jubilee theme on Sunday, July 15, starting from Priory Primary School.

Other acts performing throughout the weekend include an acrobatic aerial dance performance, traditional Indian magic, a balance show, flycycle rides and giant butterfly stilt walkers.

New for this year’s festival, will be a dance and music stage in the newly restored Tynemouth Station featuring a varied programme of all dance styles.

A range of stunning flags will feature around the festival site throughout the weekend by internationally-acclaimed artist Angus Watt.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “The Mouth of the Tyne Festival has grown to become one of the region’s favourite summer festivals.”

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, said: “The festival has a national profile and attracts visitors from far afield, all of which supports the local economy.”

Jon Vincent, Principal at TyneMet College, said: “The continued success of this event has established the festival as an important date in our community calendar, attracting thousands of people and offering something for all of the family to enjoy.”

Tickets for McFly and The Wanted concerts cost £25 each, while The Undertones cost £20 each. All tickets can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Tickets for Sunday in the Priory cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and are available from North Shields tourist information centre.

Visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com for details.