Will Young rocks the crowds at North East festival

Crowds enjoyed some great music in the evening sunshine at an annual festival last night.

Saturday, 9th July 2016, 10:30 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:37 pm
Will Young salutes the crowd at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by Jane Coltman

Thousands flocked to Tynemouth Priory for the second day of the four-day Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Brit Award-winner Will Young headlined last night's show, with special guest Tunde Baiyewu, the voice of the Lighthouse Family.

Crowds enjoy the sunshine at Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

In a sparkling set, Will encouraged the cheering crowds to give generously to charity collectors who were there on behalf of Soi Dogs, which rescues and cares for dogs in Thailand.

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Bryan Ferry opened the festival on Thursday night, supported by Nadine Shah.

Grammy-nominated James Bay will perform to a sell-out crowd tonight, supported by Hyde and Beast, and Lulu and Lemar will close the festival on Sunday.

A host of other events are taking place as part of the festival.

Will Young rocks the crowd. Picture by Jane Coltman

Playhouse Whitley Bay will host Frank Turner and The Temperance Movement.

Tynemouth’s popular Surf Cafe will see some special gigs from Futureheads lead singer and guitarist Barry Hyde and Gomez front man Ben Ottewell, with BBC Newcastle rounding off the weekend at the venue with an ‘Introducing’ night on the Sunday.

It will also see an array of free street entrainment in Tynemouth, as well as free family-friendly fun in the Metro station today and tomorrow.

The festival is organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Kier, Tyne Met College and Port of Tyne.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival at Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

Andrew Moffat CBE, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Tyne, said: “The Port of Tyne is proud to continue its support for the Mouth of The Tyne Festival, which gets bigger and better every year.

“The line-up is looking fantastic and is set to bring thousands of visitors to North Tyneside to enjoy world-class music and entertainment against the backdrop of our beautiful coastline and heritage.”

Parking will be extremely limited in Tynemouth Village so a ‘park and ride’ service will operate from Beaconsfield, in Tynemouth, at a cost of £3 per car, today and tomorrow. Parking is also available for £1 at Northumberland Park Metro station.

Tunde Baiyewu, the voice of the Lighthouse Family. Picture by Jane Coltman
The Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by Jane Coltman
Crowds enjoy the sunshine at Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman
Will Young rocks the crowd. Picture by Jane Coltman
The Mouth of the Tyne Festival at Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman
Tunde Baiyewu, the voice of the Lighthouse Family. Picture by Jane Coltman
The Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by Jane Coltman