Village set for descending visitors as popular festival makes a return

Mayor Norma Redfearn, with Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, at Tynemouth Priory ahead of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Mayor Norma Redfearn, with Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, at Tynemouth Priory ahead of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

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One of the region’s most popular summer festivals is preparing to descend on Tynemouth this weekend.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival – from July 11 to July 14 – features a host of concerts, street performers, shows and more in and around Tynemouth.

The Human League and James Morrison will be performing on the concert stage in Tynemouth Priory on Friday and Saturday night, while the Sunday afternoon concert at the temporary venue will include Aswad and The Wonder Stuff.

And visitors will also be able to enjoy a weekend of music and dance in Tynemouth Station including Candoco, break dancer Jaron Joiner plus Flamenco, Afro-Cuban and Mexican Mariachi music.

For the first time, the winner of North Tyneside’s young ‘battle of the bands’ competition will play on the main stage.

Matty Rayson, 17, wowed the crowds at the Event @ Segedunum, held last Saturday.

The self-taught musician, who was born with only six fingers, said: “I owe everything to music because without music I’m nothing.

“There was some real competition, every band was amazing, and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.”

Matty will be on stage on Sunday at 12.30pm before headliners The Wonder Stuff.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are all looking forward to the festival and it promises to be another busy one with lots to see and do.”

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, one of the festival sponsors, said: “The festival has a national profile and attracts visitors from far afield, which provides a welcome boost for the local economy.”

For more visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com