Line-up finalised for Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Toploader, who will play at Mouth of the Tyne in July.
Toploader, who will play at Mouth of the Tyne in July.

The line-up for this year’s popular Mouth of the Tyne Festival has been confirmed.

Playing on the Sunday of the three day festival at Tynemouth Priory and Castle will be Brand New Heavies, Toploader and The Neville Staple Band.

It will take place on Sunday, July 13. The other two acts taking performing at the festival on July 11 and 12 are pop band Lawson and Paul Weller.

Acid jazz and funk group Brand New Heavies have achieved over a dozen Top 40 singles including ‘Dream on Dreamer’ and ‘Midnight at the Oasis’, while Toploader can boast one of UK pop music’s catchiest tunes with ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.

And back at the festival by popular demand, Neville Staple, a two tone ska icon, who has been an integral part of The Specials and Fun Boy Three.

There will be a host of local talent on the bill too, including the winners of a youth music competition held a week earlier at Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum.

Festival organisers have also confirmed the return of free international street entertainment, jazz stage and children’s pageant.

Performers from around the world will take to Tynemouth Front Street to entertain the crowds while there will also be a varied programme of dance and arts attractions at Tynemouth Station.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “The Sunday concert is always very popular as it’s a very relaxed affair allowing people to spend time together enjoying some great music.

“We’re thrilled to bring the free street entertainment programme back, along with the jazz stage and pageant, as we know how important they are to people after listening to feedback from last year’s event.”

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival, organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and TyneMet College, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this July.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, said: “The Port of Tyne is proud to be supporting the Mouth of the Tyne Festival once again, celebrating a decade of music and one of the region’s biggest events.

“It’s just one of the ways that the Port of Tyne can help local businesses and communities in our area – the Festival has a national profile and attracts visitors from far afield, all supporting the local economy.”

Tickets for the Sunday concert, costing £15 for adults and £7 for children, are available in person from North Shields and Whitley Bay Tourist Information centres or by calling (0191) 200 5895.

There are a few remaining tickets for Lawson, taking place on Friday, July 11, available from