Early start for festival event

A tyneside festival last year was a pretty cool event - too cool in fact.

A tyneside festival last year was a pretty cool event - too cool in fact.

Now organisers of this year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival are hoping to change that.

Last year's show at Tynemouth Priory and Castle was enjoyed by over a thousand people.

But sunny clear skies earlier in the day meant some spectators were feeling the chill as the night drew in.

This year, the open-air concert on July 14 will be held earlier - from 6pm to 10pm.

Eddie Darke, North Tyneside Cabinet member for leisure, culture and communities, said: "Last year's evening concert was a great success.

"It was the first time Tynemouth Priory and Castle had been used for a concert and it proved to be a unique venue with an amazing atmosphere.

"However, because of the warm sunshine during the day, many weren't dressed for the cooler temperatures in the evening.

"By arranging for the concert to finish earlier, we're hoping people will find it even more enjoyable."

It will see African artist Mory Kante perform, along with the Alex Wilson Salsa Orchestra and double Grammy nominated Boys of the Lough.

The concert is one of the attractions at Mouth of the Tyne Festival, which runs over the weekend of July 14-15 and is jointly organised by North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council and NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

It forms part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative's programme of festivals and events for 2007, with funding from TyneWear Partnership, Northern Rock Foundation and Arts Council England, North-East. Mory Kante was the first African artist to sell over a million singles with his hit Yeke Yeke and has since gone on to release a number of albums and perform around the world.

He was also appointed UN Food and Agriculture Organisation Ambassador to help in the mission to fight hunger and reduce poverty worldwide. The Boys of the Lough have completed over 60 tours of the United States.

They perform traditional Celtic music using the fiddle, flute, accordion and pipes.

Tickets cost £20 (£18 conc) and are available from The Sage Gateshead - tel (0191) 443-4661 or go online at www.thesagegateshead.org

The largely free festival is held in Tynemouth and South Shields, and this year extra ferry crossings will be provided so that visitors can catch what is happening on both sides of the Tyne.

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