Power goes on for light festival

A light festival which is set to bring a Christmas glow to Tyneside got off to a bang last night.

A light festival which is set to bring a Christmas glow to Tyneside got off to a bang last night.

Landmark buildings and bridges across Newcastle and Gateshead will be bathed in pink light when it goes dark this evening as part of Glow - the centrepiece of this year's Winter Festival.

But as a precursor to the main event, which kicks off tonight with an array of illuminations and an animated film at Gateshead's Saltwell Park, organisers have rolled out a unique illuminated mobile DJ booth to make some noise about the festival.

The eye-catching, vividly-lit creation, inspired by the booths of the 1970s, will be touring various venues around Newcastle and Gateshead, before taking centre stage at this year's New Year's Eve celebrations. And the Glow Mobile made its first appearance at Blaydon Rugby Club last night featuring Magic 1152 DJ Keith Martin and an evening of Motown and classic Northern Soul.

Organisers will also be on the look-out for the youngest and oldest DJs around, who will be given the chance to perform on Newcastle's Northumberland Street on December 9.

Creative director of event producers NVA, Angus Farquhar, said: "The inspiration for the creation of Glow Mobile lies behind the urban myth that the first mobile disco was actually established in North-East England."

DJs should contact Nik Barrera at mobile@name-site.com

The landmarks due to be lit up as part of the Glow Festival include the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Sage Gateshead, the Baltic, Saltwell Towers in Gateshead, the Theatre Royal and Guildhall and The Journal offices in the Groat Market, Newcastle.

They will be illuminated between 5pm and 9pm from today to Sunday, and from Thursday to Saturday next week. Glow Mobile disco events take place tonight at the Westgate Centre for Sport in Newcastle, at The Sage Gateshead tomorrow, and in Times Square, Newcastle, on Saturday.

Next week there will be discos at Kenton High School on Wednesday, Gateshead International Stadium on Thursday, the Lightfoot Centre in Walker on Friday and in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, on Saturday.

The Shadow House animated film will be shown at Saltwell Towers from today to Sunday, and at Atkinson Road School, Benwell, next weekend.

The Secco Caffé, Coco'mos and the World Headquarters Club, all in Newcastle, are among the venues offering Glow cocktails during the festival.

On the Quayside, Risis Ices will also be offering Glow hot chocolate and there will be Glow bowls of soup on sale at the Tyne Bridge Bike Hire Café.

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