Thousands flock to Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Thousands of music-lovers flocked to Tynemouth today for the final day of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 10 July, 2016, 15:28
Shield on stage at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Pop legend Lulu will bring the 12th annual festival to a close at a sell-out concert at Tynemouth Priory later today.

Earlier, crowds enjoyed Kieran Taylor, Nick Pride and the Pimptones, Shields and Lemar.

Lemar at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

It was also a big day for local band Static Castles, a band from Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend, who won their place on the main stage at Tynemouth Priory and Castle after beating 10 other acts to be voted top performers at Event @ Segedunum, an outdoor music event for North Tyneside’s 11 to 19-year-olds.

Last night, Grammy award-nominated James Bay headlined the festival as rain failed to dampen spirits of the festival-goers.

Friday night was headlined by Will Young while Bryan Ferry kicked off proceedings on Thursday.

As well as the four outdoor concerts at Tynemouth Priory, visitors have enjoyed free international street entertainment with performers from France, Spain, Australia and Canada.

Fun at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman

Tynemouth Station has been hosting activities for under-fives and there has been a free jazz programme outside the Gibraltar Rock.

Tynemouth’s popular Surf Cafe has seen some special gigs from Futureheads lead singer and guitarist Barry Hyde and Gomez front man Ben Ottewell, with BBC Newcastle rounding off the weekend at the venue with an introducing night tonight.

The festival is organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Kier, Tyne Met College and Port of Tyne.

Street entertainment. Picture by Jane Coltman
Music at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman
Crowds enjoy the day. Picture by Jane Coltman
They're loving it. Picture by Jane Coltman
Lemar at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman
Fun at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman
Street entertainment. Picture by Jane Coltman
Music at Mouth of the Tyne. Picture by Jane Coltman
Crowds enjoy the day. Picture by Jane Coltman
They're loving it. Picture by Jane Coltman