A host of acts will start arriving for the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, which kicks off on Wednesday.
International street performers, a jazz stage, a World Cup-themed pageant, a dance and arts stage and a terrific range of live music performances make up the programme for the annual event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014.
The festival, which is supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and TyneMet College, will take place across various locations in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay and runs until July 16.
Musical highlights at Tynemouth Priory and Castle include festival headliners Paul Weller on July 12 (sold out), The Brand New Heavies and Toploader on July 13 and Lawson on July 11. The popular jazz stage outside the Gibraltar Rock pub is also likely to pull in the crowds
Nadine Shah, Midlake and John Cooper Clark will also perform gigs as part of the festival at Playhouse Whitley Bay on July 9, 10 and 16 respectively.
Meanwhile a diverse programme of street entertainment including The Liver Cottage from a comedy chef; a performance from Cocoloco billed as ‘Alice in Wonderland meets The Shining’; and acclaimed circus duo, Les Dudes is sure to keep the crowds entertained.
This year’s pageant in Tynemouth will include hundreds of local schoolchildren and young people embracing a colourful World Cup theme.
More than 20 of the borough’s schools, bands, local dance and community groups will take part in the procession, on Saturday, July 12, at 11.15am from Kings Priory School.
Tynemouth Station will host Platform, an energetic programme of dance and arts attractions supported by Arts Council England. There will also be an early years area for under-fives to enjoy.
For more information about all of the artists appearing at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival and for a full timetable of events and booking info, visit www.mouthofthetynefestival.com. Alternatively, contact the events team by email firstname.lastname@example.org