Elbow, Laura Marling and Tom Odell headline this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Mouth of the Tyne Festival

6TH – 9TH JULY 2017


North Tyneside Coast

Set in the beautiful, conservation status village of Tynemouth, The Mouth of Tyne Festival is set for its thirteenth annual edition. Headliners such as Elbow, Laura Marling and Tom Odell will perform at the Priory and Castle Arena, as well as other musical acts on the Sunday, and also other kinds of events at Playhouse Whitley Bay and the Surf Café as well as amazing, local craft beers. 

Tynemouth, eight miles east of Newcastle is one of England’s coastal jewels and the festival itself attracts around 100,000 people for a four-day celebration of live music, dance and arts by the sea. A blue plaque in the window of the village chippy is testament to the village’s charm, visited by none other than Jimi Hendrix, and well worth checking out. The village itself is welcoming, laid back, jovial and light-hearted.

There’s a heavy focus on art and music, particularly local and community art with hundreds of children from the area taught new skills in the weeks leading up to the event and they’ll be kicking things off with a parade. Later, ticketed live music concerts will be happening in the majestic grounds of the Tynemouth Priory and Castle – an English Heritage property. “Local street food pop-ups trade under festoon lighting whilst customers gather around shipping bobbins and on reclaimed driftwood seats” – this as well. At a nearby pub, looking over the sea, a jazz stage will fill the seaside air and a free programme of international street theatre will provide the entertainment. You can also take surf lessons on the sandy beach, or get stuck in with a spot of beach volleyball.

Here’s more from the organisers:

“There’s an innovative programme of dance and one-off attractions on the platforms of Grade II listed Tynemouth Station, as well as evening concerts at Playhouse Whitley Bay and Tynemouth’s Surf Café. As part of the festival, the 45 seater café played host to a BBC Introducing night, an intimate album performance from The Futureheads Barry Hyde and their fastest selling event ever – an acoustic night with Gomez’ Ben Ottewell – in 2016.”

On the beach next door is Riley's Fish Shack who will be providing food on site. Jay Raynor gave a 5/5 review and was featured last week on Michel Roux’s Hidden Restaurants. 


Rufus Wainwright announced for Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Rufus Wainwright has been added to the bill of this summer’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival, which takes place in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay on the North East Coast this July. 

The internationally-renowned singer, who Sir Elton John calls “the greatest songwriter on the planet”, will play the Playhouse Whitley Bay on July 8. Tickets, priced at £29.50 and £35 go on sale on Friday  (tomorrow), May 8 at 9am and are available from the box office on 0844 248 1588 or online at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

The show will be the first on his UK tour which takes place throughout July.

Son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and brother of singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright, Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theatre, dance, and film.

His concert, which begins five days of celebrations, features an impressive musical line up with Beautiful South founder Paul Heaton and long-time band singerJacqui Abbott; British ska legends The Specials; Motown legends Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (all three headlining at Tynemouth Priory and Castle on July 10, 11 and 12 respectively) as well as local upcoming artists, Lisbon and singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti (both at The Playhouse on July 9 and 10).

The addition of Rufus to the bill of the 11th annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival is sure to excite his many fans from all over the North East and beyond with tickets expected to sell out fast for this intimate venue. Mouth Of TheTyne is fast  becoming the North East’s must-see music line up of the summer.

Line up so far: