Mouth of the Tyne

This years Mouth Of The Tyne is set to be the best and most eclectic yet, from Elbow to Avalanche Party and everything in between.

Every year the Mouth Of The Tyne festival takes over Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, attracting some of the finest bands and artists from across the country and beyond. Having played host to the likes of James Bay, Frank Turner, The Specials, Paul Weller and last year Bryan Ferry, it has an undoubtedly excellent reputation and this year is arguably one of its best. As the rather grandiose setting of Tynemouth Priory and Castle is set to host four rather exciting concerts.

With Elbow opening proceedings on the Thursday accompanied by local quintet The Cornshed Sisters, followed by the wonderful Laura Marling who is supported by the ever brilliant King Creosote and the rather exceptional Karen Elson. Saturday sees Tom Odell with Middlesbrough’s Cattle and Cane and closing the festival at Tynemouth Priory and Castle is Billy Ocean along with Roachford. The crowd are encouraged to bring their own picnics and soak up the breath-taking sea views, in all honesty you can’t get a much better spot for festival stage.

Alongside this there are two other venues with some equally special shows. Whitley Bay Playhouse kicks off the festival as early as next Monday (the 3rd of July) with a show from Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter and The Rant Band. Followed on Saturday evening by the ever wonderful Martha Wainwright who is supported by the up and coming Tom Hickox, which is sure to make for a splendid evening.

As if this wasn’t enough, one of the fastest up and coming local venues The Surf Café plays host to two very different shows over the weekend, the first coming from Idlewild front man and all round good guy Roddy Woomble on Saturday evening. His impressive solo sets are always something to behold and to have the opportunity to see him in such a small and intimate venue is particularly rare, certainly one to savour.

Sunday evening sees BBC Introducing North East take over the Surf Café with four of the finest local acts that the north east has to offer, Imogen, Ani Sandwith, Sam Fender and our personal favourites Avalanche Party will all take to the stage. There is no doubting that this will be an eclectic and interesting evening, with each artist having very different styles. However, one thing is for sure Avalanche Party will blow you away with their incredible sound.


For more information and tickets for this years Mouth Of The Tyne festival, check out their website here.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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