Mouth of the Tyne Festival goers feel the heat

Crowds flocked to Tynemouth over the weekend to bask in the music and sunshine at the three-day Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Thousands watch bands at the Mouth of the Tyne festival, Tynemouth
Thousands watch bands at the Mouth of the Tyne festival, Tynemouth

Basking along the region’s sun-soaked coastlines thousands of fans young and old flocked to see festival headliners.

Wrapping up the three-day Mouth of the Tyne Festival were indie band The Wonder Stuff and British reggae favourites Aswad, famed for their hits Don’t Turn Around and Shine.

Hours before the acts took to the stage at the impressive concert location of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, families and festivals goers were swarming into the seaside village.

Outdoor seating in the cafe and pubs had standing space only as the crowds enjoyed a balmy Sunday lunch while hoping they had a good spot from which to enjoy the sounds coming from the grounds of the priory.

Among the lucky ones with a ticket to the final day of the festival was mum Chris Stevenson from North Tyneside.


She said: “I’ve never been to the festival before but for me the main attraction was seeing Aswad.

“The tickets were so reasonable. I thought ‘if it gets rained off you’ve not lost a huge amount of money’ and it seemed like a great way of introducing my daughter to live music and concerts.

“We’ve got the sun as well, I’m really hoping it’s a great day.”

The green outside the historic site was packed with people who’d come equipped with rugs and picnics, keen to make the most of the sun to a backdrop of live music.

On Friday on the festival’s opening night the priory played host Human League who belted out their chart classics supported by 90s Brit-pop dance band Dubstar.

While on Saturday award-winning artist James Morrison wowed crowds with his second performance at the impressive location. In 2010, the singer’s show at the festival sold out in record time.

Chris Oxbury, who recently moved to the area, was among the crowds outside listening to the concert as it echoed out across the beach to be heard in the surrounding streets. He said: “It is great you can come out for the afternoon and enjoy the music and the sun without having to be in priory.”

While there was indie and reggae being enjoyed north of the river, down in South Tyneside pop was leading the way in the form of reunited band Liberty X.

Geordie singer Michelle Heaton and her bandmates starred in the first of three free concerts in Bents Park, South Shields, as part of the 2013 South Tyneside Summer Festival.

They were joined by all-girl RnB group The Honeys.

The bands both featured in the reality TV show The Big Reunion earlier this year which saw former bands get back together for a second chance at success.

Stepping in as headliners replacing former boyband Blue, Liberty X showcased their hits Just a Little and Thinking It over.

Among the throng at the front of the stage waiting for the summer of music to start was Stuart Henny from Gateshead. He said: “The day has been absolutely wonderful.

“I think it’s great that South Tyneside can stage an event on this scale for free, I’ve never seen anything like it.

“I used to live in south London and never got the chance to go to something like this. I’ll definitely be coming to the other events and can’t wait to see Rick Astley.” Yesterday’s festival opening was also a chance for singer Abi Garrido to perform to her home crowd along with pop band The Waiters.

Both were named Young Performers of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards in 2012 and 2013.

For more information about upcoming free concerts and events as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival see


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