Crowds flock to record-breaking Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Thousands of people descended on Tynemouth for the annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 12:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 1:52 pm
Sam Fender plays the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth, his first big home town show. Pictures by John Millard.

Music lovers turned out in force to soak up four days of live music and entertainment at this year’s record-breaking event.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, the festival took place from Thursday until Sunday (July 11 to 14) and saw artists including hometown favourite Sam Fender, Jack Savoretti, Rick Astley, and The Proclaimers perform to sell-out crowds at Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

As well as the main stage, crowds enjoyed performances from songstress Ruby Turner and Nadine Shah at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

Rick Astley performing at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth.

Street food vendors were kept busy with thousands of hungry mouths to feed and festival-goers keen to stay fuelled up for the duration of the four day event.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn CBE, said this year’s festival which sold out in record time had again exceeded expectations.She said: “Once again the festival has been a resounding success.

“As well as a wonderful array of top music acts performing on the main stage, residents and visitors have enjoyed great food, colourful street performances, and a warm welcome from people and businesses in North Tyneside.

“I’ve really enjoyed going out and about to meet and talk to some of them and it was great to see how much people were clearly enjoying themselves.

Jack Savoretti, supported by the Wandering Hearts plays the Mouth of the Tyne Festival Tynemouth.

“More than 100,000 people attended the festival, which brings an estimated £1 million boost for our local economy and supports our commitment to make North Tyneside a great and prosperous place to live, work and visit.

“Sadly that’s it for another year but I’m confident this year’s festival will live long in the memory and provide a platform for us to continue to grow the event when it returns next summer.”

Now in its 15th year, the festival has grown into one of the region’s favourite summer festivals.

Supported by Engie and Port of Tyne, previous artists to perform include James Bay, The Script, James Morrison and Bryan Ferry.

The Proclaimers perform on the final day of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth.
Sam Fender plays the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth, his first big home town show.