With an out-of-this-world Space Fantasy theme this year, the biggest, brightest and most vibrant carnival in the North East promises yet another summer spectacle on Saturday 6th July. Bustling with energy, music, colour and performances from a host of professional carnival artists, the South Tyneside Festival’s Summer Parade is proving, once again, that it is a cultural force to be reckoned with.
One of the highlights of the South Tyneside Festival, the Summer Parade gets bigger and better every year, with the 2019 line-up – based around a Space Fantasy theme – set to be the most thrilling yet. Giant avatar heads, glittering galaxies, fantastical winged creatures and awe-inspiring astronauts all promise to send imaginations into orbit as the extravagantly-decorated floats make their way along the parade route. Marching bands, stilt walkers and dance troupes will also be mixed in among the procession to really help bring far-off worlds to life right here in South Tyneside.
Embarking from South Shields Town Hall at 1pm on 6th July and making its way along Ocean Road before arriving at the seafront, the parade will wend its way to Bents Park – where there will be a range of live music, entertainment and sci-fi activities for the whole family to enjoy all afternoon.
Meanwhile, next Sunday 14th July iconic British music star Marti Pellow will be hoping to coax the sun out and avoid getting Wet Wet Wet as he kicks off this year’s Sunday Concert series. The second of this year’s headliners is returning to the stage with an exciting new setlist after a 20 year hiatus. The Lightening Seeds last album, Tilt, was released in 1999 and since then frontman Ian Broudie has returned to Liverpool to develop and produce albums for The Coral, The Zutons and Miles Kane from his rooftop studio overlooking the Mersey. But now Ian’s back on 21st July to win over South Tyneside’s crowds with some of his favourite tracks, and perhaps offering a sneak peek at the new Lightening Seeds album, which is currently being written and recorded.
Taking to the stage on Sunday 28th July are two of the biggest names in ‘80s music. As a legendary frontman and seminal musician, who’s won Ivor Novello and Grammy awards alongside earning gold and platinum records – Midge Ure barely needs an introduction. His 10-year career has seen him create musical magic in Silk, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage and Ultravox, before going solo.
Finally, closing the show for the Sunday concert series this year will be multi-platinum singer-songwriter Gabrielle – as soon as you hear The Voice, you know it can’t be anyone else. Serenading Bents Park on 4th August, Gabrielle’s gloriously unique tones saw her rise to fame in 1993 with her first number one single, Dreams. The star has since sold more than five million albums over 25 years in the industry, and will be headlining the South Tyneside Festival for the first time this summer.
Although you’ll be able to get into any of the gigs for free on the day, make sure you’ve got the best seat in the house to catch all these legendary headliners by purchasing a Priority Plus Ticket for any of the Sunday Concerts. At only £6 per person (with under-fives free), these tickets guarantee access into your chosen concert with the exclusive chance to arrive earlier to secure your spot, as well as access to a dedicated bar area and toilets. Tickets are limited and are available up to seven days before each concert from Ticketmaster online, or by calling 0844 844 0444. You can also purchase Priority Plus Tickets in person at the Shop@TheWord.