Final act announced for Mouth of the Tyne Festival

The final music act has been revealed for this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

New York-born vocalist and songwriter Rufus Wainwright will open the festival on Wednesday, July 8, at the Playhouse Whitley Bay.

The Festival has a great national profile which helps bring many visitors to North Tyneside

Andrew Moffat, chief executive officer at the Port of Tyne

The singer, who will also be performing the opening date of his tour, will play songs including Me and Liza, Going To A Town and Hallelujah.

Wainwright has released seven studio albums and three live albums including the Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, and has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album.

Tickets cost £35.00 each or £29.50 advance from www.eventim.co.uk

Tickets for a range of other festival shows at Tynemouth Priory and Castle are still available including Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott along with special guests I Am Kloot on Friday, July 10, and The Specials with support from Roots Manuva on July 11. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas will headline the popular afternoon concert on July 12.

Rufus Wainwright completes the Playhouse Whitley Bay line up which includes local rising stars Lisbon on Thursday, July 9, and singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti on Friday, July 10.

Andrew Moffat, chief executive officer at the Port of Tyne, said: “The festival has a great national profile which helps bring many visitors to North Tyneside to enjoy this weekend of live entertainment, and when they spend in the shops, restaurants and pubs.”

For more visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com

Mr Moffat added: “The Port of Tyne is proud to sponsor the Mouth of the Tyne Festival once more.

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

There will also be a programme of free street entertainment, special performances in Tynemouth Station and a children’s pageant.