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Best of the Fests

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It’s summertime and that means only one thing: it’s time to head outdoors for some fantastic arts, music and culture right here in our region. Wristbands at the ready!

JUNE–AUGUST
SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL

South Shields Seafront
www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk

Free weekly Sunday afternoon concerts at Bents Park are among the jewels in the crown of the South Tyneside Festival, which promises to bring even more brightness to what will already be a stunning summer. KT Tunstall, Busted, Louisa Johnson and Sister Sledge will play on successive weekends throughout July, while the Once Upon a Time-themed Summer Parade will enchant people of all ages on 1 July. There’s plenty more happening throughout the area.

6–9 JULY
MOUTH OF THE TYNE FESTIVAL

Tynemouth and Whitley Bay
www.mouthofthetynefestival.com

Elbow, Laura Marling, Tom Odell and Billy Ocean are just some of the names who will be playing live among the breathtaking surroundings of Tynemouth Priory and Castle this summer, while if the sun’s too strong and the sound too loud, there are other concerts being held at Tynemouth’s Surf Café and Playhouse Whitley Bay. 

7–8 JULY
CORBRIDGE FESTIVAL

Tynedale Park, Corbridge
www.corbridge-festival.co.uk

Music festivals can often be a place for teenagers and adults only, but the Corbridge Festival is designed for all the family. With three stages, a circus, fairground, comedy and gourmet catering stalls, it’s a veritable theme park for children – while headline acts including Craig Charles will keep the grown-ups entertained too.

7–16 JULY
DURHAM BRASS FESTIVAL

Venues across Durham
www.brassfestival.co.uk

Brass bands were once (and still are) a major part of our region’s heritage, but the BRASS Festival brings the music bang up to date with a collection of live performances and events across Durham City. The Big BRASS Bus will be touring the county, helping educate as well as entertain audiences, while street bands from as far away as Portugal, Spain and France will be serenading those out in the sunshine.

14 JULY–6 AUGUST
Q FESTIVAL

Gateshead Quays
www.qfestival.co.uk

This quayside festival has an eclectic programme of activities that will run throughout the long summer days and nights, including the Jesterval comedy festival, family-friendly carnivals, DJs, storytelling and a gin festival with burlesque performances. If the sun gets too warm, head into the Spiegeltent where you can play board games or a number of retro games including Sonic, Streetfighter and Mario.

21–23 JULY
NORTHBRIDGE FESTIVAL

Humble Knowle Farm, Fishburn
www.northbridgefestival.co.uk

One of the 10 best small festivals in the UK, according to the 2016 UK Festival Awards, this County Durham event focuses on electronic music, bringing some of the biggest proponents and performers of the genre to Humble Knowle Farm to perform. Camp out for the weekend, listening to world-class electronic musicians, and prepare for a party.

21–23 JULY
SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL

Sage Gateshead
www.sagegateshead.com

A small slice of Americana comes to the south bank of the River Tyne for this thigh-slappingly, toe-tappingly feel-good festival. Don your cowboy boots and your 10-gallon hat to see performances from The Shires, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Angaleena Presley and Amythyst Kiah as they take over all parts of Sage Gateshead – including its outdoor stage, overlooking the river itself.

5 AUGUST
KIDDSTOCK BEACH FESTIVAL

Majuba Beach, Redcar
www.kiddstockfestival.com

This banging beachside music festival is marking its 10th anniversary this year, and is the perfect place to go dancing barefoot until the early hours as the tide laps in on the shore. Majuba Beach is transformed into a small corner of continental Europe, with some of the most interesting emerging music talent playing to appreciative crowds.

26 AUGUST
CHASE PARK FESTIVAL

Saltwell Park, Gateshead
www.chaseparkfestival.co.uk

From 12–9pm on 26 August the usually tranquil surroundings of Saltwell Park will be transformed into a buzzing festival venue. The event is one of the few live music events to have a gold standard for disabled access, making it a truly inclusive festival. Last year headliners included big bands such as Reverend and the Makers – this year’s lineup looks equally impressive.

31 AUGUST–3 SEPTEMBER
LINDISFARNE FESTIVAL

Beal Farm, Northumberland
www.lindisfarnefestival.com

Enjoy the best music and arts while overlooking Holy Island at the Lindisfarne Festival, which has perhaps the best surroundings of any outdoor event in England. The View and The Fratellis are headlining the show, which runs across a long, lazy weekend that promises to be full of fine weather.

Published in: June 2017

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