Thousands flock to Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Shield on stage at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman
Shield on stage at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Thousands of music-lovers flocked to Tynemouth today for the final day of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Pop legend Lulu will bring the 12th annual festival to a close at a sell-out concert at Tynemouth Priory later today.

Lemar at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Lemar at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Earlier, crowds enjoyed Kieran Taylor, Nick Pride and the Pimptones, Shields and Lemar.

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 at Tynemouth Priory and Castle 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.

Fun at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Fun at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

As well as the four outdoor concerts at Tynemouth Priory, visitors have enjoyed free international street entertainment with performers from France, Spain, Australia and Canada.

Tynemouth Station has been hosting 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.

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

Street entertainment. Picture by Jane Coltman

Street entertainment. Picture by Jane Coltman

Music at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Music at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Crowds enjoy the day. Picture by Jane Coltman

Crowds enjoy the day. Picture by Jane Coltman

They're loving it. Picture by Jane Coltman

They're loving it. Picture by Jane Coltman