Band hit the right note to secure festival slot

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A YOUNG band have played their way onto the bill of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival alongside top acts McFly and The Wanted.

Lisbon, a four-piece group of 17-year-old students from Whitley Bay High School, earned a place on Friday’s jazz stage after winning a battle of the bands competition.

The group – Alex Wright, Matthew Varty, Joe Atkinson, and Gordon Turkington who formed nine months ago – were up against 13 other bands at the Event @ Segedunum.

Matthew said: “It feels amazing to win, we were so surprised as there was so much talent out there.

“We can’t wait to play at Mouth of the Tyne, we’re all so excited.

“It will be fantastic to play in such a high profile event, where huge bands and artists have played.”

North Tyneside’s Young Mayor Jade Hope, who organised the Segedunum competition, said: “The Event was amazing with everyone having a great time, the weather improved and it was actually sunny most of the day.

“All of the bands were great and Lisbon were worthy winners.”

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival – organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and TyneMet College – will feature street performers, a jazz stage, a jubilee-themed pageant, a dance stage and live music performances.

It takes place from Thursday to Sunday at various locations in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Musical highlights at Tynemouth Priory and Castle include festival headliners The Wanted and McFly, Heaven 17, The South – formerly the Beautiful South – and north east band the Caffreys.

The Undertones and Richard Hawley will also perform at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

Hundreds of children will feature in a wide range of child-friendly activities and performances.

Tynemouth Station will also host child orientated activities for under fives including interactive music, dance and singing sessions; story telling from Seven Stories and a play area featuring messy play with paints, water and sand.

There will also be a ‘pod city’ including aerial cocoons for children to play, swing or snooze in.

The pageant on Sunday, starting from Priory Primary School at 11.15am, will include hundreds of local children embracing a jubilee theme, with music, dance and costume-making.

Parking will be limited in Tynemouth with a park and ride service from Beaconsfield.

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

Tickets for Sunday afternoon in the Priory cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

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