Little Mix and Joe McElderry thrill crowds at South Shields music event

The cobbled streets of Durham burst into life at the weekend when international street performers showcased their talents


The cobbled streets of Durham burst into life at the weekend when international street performers showcased their talents.

Returning for a bigger and better year than ever before the Durham Street 2013 programme took the show on the road with musical and acrobatic performances in Barnard Castle.

In the city’s Millennium Palace, Market Place and Palace Green families were entertained by big-time buskers such as George Orange from America, chainsaw juggler the Mighty Gareth and the Reid Show with comedy and acrobatic stunts.

In South Shields fans turned out for a different showcase as local stars Little Mix performed to their home crowd.

Little Mix, singer Joe McElderry and chart-toppers McFly were among the stars performing at Bents Park, in South Shields, as part of the Sound Waves event yesterday.

The open-air gig, organised by South Tyneside Council, attracted around 6,000 people. Many of them came prepared for hours of fun with chairs, refreshments and umbrellas.

The show also featured Britain’s Got Talent finalists Luminites and boyband The Vamps.

Little Mix played in South Tyneside for the first time since winning The X Factor in 2011, and the group, including South Shields girls Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, delighted fans with some of their biggest hits.

Elsewhere Durham Light Infantry Museum was hosting its ever-popular Military Vehicle Rally.

Now in its 40th year the rally boasted some 60 expertly restored vehicles in what has become the region’s biggest gathering of military vehicles.

Along with display vehicles dating back to the 1930s the two-day event, which continues today from 10am until 4pm, also includes stalls, living history displays and performance by 1940s-style singer Katie Spitfire.

While in Durham, vintage was the flavour of the day, over in Newcastle it was a South Asian feast of sights, sounds and tastes attracting crowds to Exhibition Park for the first day of this year’s Mela.

Traditionally held throughout South Asia the free family festival, which continues today between 12pm and 6.30pm, last year attracted 30,000 people to the city centre park with its stalls, live music and children’s activities.


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