Record crowds enjoy fab free festival in Blyth

Crowds flocked to Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency
Crowds flocked to Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Record crowds flocked to Blyth for an annual free festival.

Thousands of people made the most of the weather to enjoy music galore at Northumberland Live.

Crowds enjoy the free festival. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Crowds enjoy the free festival. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Internationally-acclaimed indie band The Lightning Seeds headlined the event.

Other performers included Newcastle blues rock band STAN the Band, Durham rock band Edenthorn, rock and rollers The Baldy Holly Band, Zeitgeist 77, Newcastle Rock Choir, Nick Pride and the Pimptones, Chloe Chadwick, Simma and the Three Ring Circus and The Stax Brothers.

A band from Blyth’s twin town of Solingen in Germany added an international flavour when they made their UK debut.

The festival, funded once again by Blyth Town Council, also featured fairground rides, stalls and refreshments.

Young performers ready for the stage. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Young performers ready for the stage. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

One lucky couple got to watch the festival in style.

Dianne Hunter and her partner Peter Atkinson, from Jarrow, won a BBC Newcastle competition to win a beach hut for the event.

The Lightning Seeds perform at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

The Lightning Seeds perform at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

All dressed up for the Northumberland Live Festival. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

All dressed up for the Northumberland Live Festival. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Dianne Hunter and her partner Peter Atkinson won a BBC Newcastle competition to win a beach hut at Blyth to watch The Lightning Seeds at Northumberland Live. They are pictured with BBC presenter Stephanie Finnan. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Dianne Hunter and her partner Peter Atkinson won a BBC Newcastle competition to win a beach hut at Blyth to watch The Lightning Seeds at Northumberland Live. They are pictured with BBC presenter Stephanie Finnan. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

All smiles at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

All smiles at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Roch Choir in fine voice. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Roch Choir in fine voice. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Music stars entertained the crowds at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Music stars entertained the crowds at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency

Representatives from Blyth RNLI were among the organisations at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency.

Representatives from Blyth RNLI were among the organisations at Northumberland Live. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency.

The sun goes down on Northumberland Live. Picture by Vikkie Everard

The sun goes down on Northumberland Live. Picture by Vikkie Everard