More than 100,000 people take in Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Tens of thousands of people enjoyed themselves at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Monday, 9th July 2018, 2:20 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 3:56 pm
Paloma Faith performs at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by John Millard.

Visitors flocked in their droves to North Tyneside to enjoy live music and entertainment at the four-day showcase.

Glorious weather helped bring more than 100,000 people to the coastline, with thousands watching award-winning artists perform at Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

Street entertainment at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by John Millard.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, the event from Thursday to Sunday saw headliners included Paloma Faith, James Arthur, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, and Beverley Knight.

Crowds also enjoyed performances at Playhouse Whitley Bay and Tynemouth’s Surf Café.

Elsewhere, there was more family activities with a colourful pageant and street performers in Front Street, and children’s events in Tynemouth Station.

Mayor Norma Redfearn, CBE, said: “It was another brilliant year for Mouth of the Tyne Festival and the atmosphere over the four days was fantastic.

“With the mix of live music concerts, international street entertainment, jazz music and, of course, the wonderful parade featuring local schoolchildren, there was plenty to see and do. I really enjoyed meeting and talking to so many residents and visitors.

“The festival attracted over 100,000 people, providing a boost to the local economy – supporting our commitment to making North Tyneside a great and prosperous place to live, work and visit.”

Now in its 14th year, the event has grown into one of the region’s favourite summer festivals.

The festival was supported by Engie, Port of Tyne and Kier and has also hosted a range of artists including Paul Weller, Elbow, James Bay, The Script, James Morrison and Bryan Ferry.