THE Mouth of the Tyne Festival will definitely go ahead this weekend, despite speculation the recent downpour in the borough may cause it to be cancelled.
Organisers North Tyneside Council have confirmed that all events, including the outdoor concerts on the evenings of Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14, will still go ahead even irrelevant of the wet weather.
The concerts, which will feature bands including The Wanted, McFly and Heaven 17, have not been in doubt, say organisers.
And the world-class street entertainment in Tynemouth Front Street will also take place as planned on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15.
Pete Warne, the council’s tourism and events manager, said: “We want to reassure people that the Mouth of the Tyne Festival concerts will be going ahead.
“People who have attended our concerts at the Priory in the past will know the weather sometimes hasn’t been very kind to us, but the events have still taken place.
“The current forecast we have for this weekend is actually for mainly dry weather.
“However, people still should wear clothing appropriate for an outdoor event, including sensible footwear.
“In particular, people attending the Friday and Saturday evening concerts should wrap up warm as it will become cold as the night draws in.”
The festival is organised by the local authority and supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and TyneMet College, will take place from Thursday, July 12, to Sunday, July 15, at various locations in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.
This year’s event will feature world-class street performers, a jazz stage, a colourful Jubilee-themed pageant, a dance stage and a fantastic range of live music performances.
McFly and The Wanted will take to the stage on the evenings of Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, respectively. Tickets cost £25.
Eighties synth-pop band Heaven 17 will headline the afternoon concert at Tynemouth Priory on Sunday, July 15.
Other acts performing throughout the afternoon include The South – formerly the Beautiful South; North East band The Caffreys; six-piece reggae band Yes Sir Boss from Bristol; and local band Rossi Noise. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.
Any remaining concert tickets will go on sale from a ticket office on Tynemouth Front Street from 10am tomorrow (Friday, July 13).
For further information about all of the artists appearing at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival and for a full timetable of events, visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com. Alternatively, contact the events team on (0191) 643 7409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org