Mouth of the Tyne Festival announces Billy Ocean and Ian Hunter

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Mouth of the Tyne Festival announces Billy Ocean and Ian Hunter - tickets on sale this Friday


British music legend Billy Ocean will headline the family concert day at this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

He will take to the stage in the stunning surroundings of Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Sunday 9 July 2017. 

The Grammy award-winning singer is best known for his hits ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, ‘Caribbean Queen’, ‘Suddenly’,  ‘When the Going Gets Tough’, ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car’ and many more.

Festival Director Steve Bishop said, “Sunday afternoon in the Priory features around six hours of live music, along with activities for young children and great food and drink available from some of the region’s best street food traders.”

“We know how popular Billy is in the North East so we’re really excited to welcome him to the festival for the first time.” he added.  

A show from Ian Hunter, leader of 70’s rock legends Mott the Hoople, has also been announced as part of the festival at Playhouse Whitley Bay. Ian Hunter and the Rant Band perform on Monday 3 July with a huge catalogue of work to choose from including ‘All The Way From Memphis’, ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ and ‘All The Young Dudes’.

Mouth of the Tyne Festival’s multi-award winning line-up includes a sold out show by British alternative rockers Elbow, and concerts from singer-songwriters Laura Marling and Tom Odell.

The event, now in its thirteenth year, has welcomed a vast range of artists to North Tyneside including James Bay, Paul Weller, Will Young, The Script and James Morrison. International street entertainers are once again expected to perform in the village for visitors and residents.

Tickets for Billy Ocean cost £20 for adults and £10 for children and go on sale 9am, Friday 7 April, at,, and from 10am at the Playhouse Whitley Bay box office. Tickets for Ian Hunter also go on sale on Friday from the Playhouse.


Published on 04 April 2017 by Wayne Feltham

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