Plenty for all the ages at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

James Arthur, who is playing at this year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival.
James Arthur, who is playing at this year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

A packed programme of concerts, theatre, performances and street entertainment has been lined up for the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Taking place from July 5 to 8, the star-studded line-up at Tynemouth Priory and Castle features Paloma Faith, James Arthur, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

Paloma Faith, who will be performing a sold-out concert at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Paloma Faith, who will be performing a sold-out concert at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Soul-singer Beverley Knight is returning for the festival’s Sunday family day on July 8, which will also feature MF Robots, a new group from the founder of The Brand New Heavies; Big Red and the Grinners; Georgie; and pit-pop outfit Dennis; and the young winners from Soundfest held a week earlier.

Tickets for Paloma Faith and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are now sold out, but some tickets are available for James Arthur, performing on Friday, July 6, and the Sunday showcase.

Elsewhere, the Playhouse Whitley Bay will see concerts from Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul on Monday, July 2; This Is the Kit on Thursday, July 5; Collabro on Friday, July 6; and Suzanne Vega on Friday, July 22.

Tynemouth Surf Café will host a BBC Introducing night on Sunday, July 8, featuring local artists YUMA, Eve Simpson, Callum Pitt and FEVA.

Street entertainment at last year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Street entertainment at last year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

The popular jazz stage will once again be outside the Gibraltar Rock, and free street entertainment, featuring some weird and wonderful acts, will take place in Front Street.

This year’s BIG pageant in Tynemouth will include hundreds of young people embracing a colourful and diverse parade, with schools, bands, dance and community groups all taking part.

Tynemouth Station’s packed programme will run alongside the bustling weekend markets and will feature live music, activities for under-fives and special one-off performances.

Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE said: “The Mouth of the Tyne Festival is hugely popular and I know many people are looking forward to the different events.

“With its mix of brilliant live music concerts, international street entertainment, jazz music and wonderful parade, there is lots happening.”

She added: “The festival attracts thousands of people and provides a big boost to the local economy – supporting our commitment to making North Tyneside a great and prosperous place to live, work and visit.”

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

Now in its 14th year, the event has grown into one of the region’s favourite summer festivals, attracting around 100,000 people from the local area and beyond.

For more information or tickets visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com or follow the official Facebook page.