Thousands of people are expected to descend on Tynemouth this weekend when the Mouth of the Tyne Festival returns.
A packed programme of live music, street performers, colourful pageant, dance, jazz and arts activities have been lined up for both Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12.
It’s insane to think we’ll be performing at Mouth of the TynePhil Currell, speaking on behalf of Motion of Youth
Concerts will take place at Tynemouth Priory, with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott sold out for Friday, while The Specials take to the stage on Saturday evening.
Proceedings at Tynemouth Priory on Sunday will get under way at 12.15pm with a performance from local four-piece Motion of Youth, who won the chance to perform after winning at the annual Event @ Segedunum youth showcase.
Also taking to the stage on Sunday will be Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
Phil Currell, speaking on behalf of Motion of Youth, said: “We’re so relieved to have won. It’s insane to think we’ll be performing at Mouth of the Tyne, Tynemouth has a special place in all our hearts.”
This year’s pageant will include hundreds of local school children and young people embracing a colourful ‘Diverse Musical Cultures of Britain’ theme.
The popular jazz stage will once again be outside of the Gibraltar Rock and free street entertainment, featuring some weird and wonderful acts, will take place on Front Street. Tynemouth Station will be home to a range of activities for under-fives and ‘Platform’, a programme of arts and dance performances, will run alongside the bustling weekend markets.
Tyne Idols will present two special vintage coast bus tours, hosted by ex-Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw.
HMS Tyne will also be making a stop-off over the weekend.
Parking will be limited so a ‘park and ride’ service will operate from Beaconsfield, in Tynemouth, for £3 per car.
There is also parking available for just £1 at Northumberland Park Metro station.
Jon Vincent, principal and chief executive at TyneMet College, one of the sponsors, said: “TyneMet is delighted to be sponsoring the Mouth of the Tyne Festival 2015 for the fifth consecutive year.
“The festival represents an important and exciting date in our community calendar, attracting thousands of people to the local area and offering something for all of the family to enjoy.
“The college is looking forward to supporting the live music performances and entertainment across the week which are on offer to our local community as well as showcasing the opportunities available at TyneMet College for individuals of all ages.”
For more information about this year’s event visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com