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With less than three weeks to go, preparations are stepping up for one of the region's biggest summer events.


Mouth of the Tyne Festival returns in July packed with live music, world-class street performers, a colourful pageant, dance, jazz and arts activities.

The festival, supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and Tyne Met College, will take place from Wednesday 8 July to Sunday 12 July, in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Music highlights at Tynemouth Priory and Castle include; Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, The Specials, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and The Christians, while Rufus Wainwright, Lisbon and Jack Savoretti will perform at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

This year's pageant will include hundreds of local school children and young people embracing a colourful 'Diverse Musical Cultures of Britain' theme. Schools, bands and community groups will take part in the procession.

The popular jazz stage will once again be outside of the Gibraltar Rock and free street entertainment featuring some weird and wonderful acts will take place on Front Street which will be decorated with colourful bunting.

Tynemouth Station will be home to a range of activities for under-fives and 'Platform', an exciting programme of arts and dance performances, will run alongside the bustling weekend markets.

Tyne Idols will present two special vintage coast bus tours, hosted by ex-Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw. Fans of pop culture history can see the sights, listen to the backstage gossip and hear the music inspired by and written at the coast. HMS TYNE will also be making a stop-off over the weekend.

Tickets for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott (£29.50), The Specials (£40) and Sunday Afternoon in the Priory (£15 adults, £7 children) are available from (fees apply). Sunday tickets can also be purchased in person at North Shields Tourist Information Centre or by telephone on 0191 200 5895.

Tickets for Lisbon (£10) at Playhouse Whitley Bay are available from Rufus Wainwright and Jack Savoretti shows are now sold out.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne, said: "The Port of Tyne is proud to sponsor the Mouth of the Tyne Festival once more as part of our commitment to supporting communities, arts and business.

"The Mouth of the Tyne 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, it all helps to boost the local economy."

Over 90,000 people attended last year's event that featured a headline concert by British music icon Paul Weller. For more information about this year's event visit

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