First artists announced for Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Festival Crowd Header
Main Stage

Keane and Lighthouse Family are the first artists to be announced for this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Multi award-winning British rock band Keane have sold over 13 million records worldwide and are best known for hits including ‘Everybody’s Changing’, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Is It Any Wonder?’ and ‘This Is The Last Time’. Their album Hopes and Fears remains one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. They will play Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Friday 10 July 2020.

The Lighthouse Family was formed in Newcastle in the early 90s by Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker who met while studying at university and working at the same bar. Their debut album Ocean Drive sold more than 1.8 million copies in the UK alone and are known for huge hits like ‘Lifted’, ‘Ocean Drive’, ‘Raincloud’ and ‘High’. The pop duo will perform at Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Saturday 11 July 2020.

The beautiful coastal town of Tynemouth is just 20 minutes by car from the bustling North East city of Newcastle upon Tyne. It has been declared ‘Best Coastal Town in Britain’ by Rough Guides and one of the UK’s best places to live by The Times. There’s a strong surf scene and the area boasts nationally acclaimed places to grab something to eat like Riley’s Fish Shack on the beach in the shadow of the Priory.

A stunning series of sandy beaches stretch along to the famous seaside town of Whitley Bay where the seafront and Spanish City, made famous in Dire Straits’ Tunnel of Love song, have been the focus of a £36million regeneration programme. Mark Knopfler grew up in the area and recently returned to visit the iconic building for a Sky Arts programme alongside another North East legend – ACDC’s Brian Johnson. Some of Mark’s song lyrics are etched into the walls nearby.

Around 6 million people visit the area every year including thousands of overseas tourists who arrive on cruise ships into the River Tyne.

“It’s great to secure these big-name artists and to see them play in such a spectacular venue”.

“The Mouth of the Tyne Festival attracts over 100,000 visitors each year and always provides a big boost the local economy and increases tourism to the borough – supporting our commitment to making North Tyneside a great and prosperous place to live, work and visit.”

The festival, now in its 16th year, takes place in Tynemouth and features spectacular outdoor concerts at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, free world-class street entertainment, a jazz stage, children’s pageant, activities in Tynemouth Station and much more. The Playhouse Whitley Bay will also host a show already announced by punk poet John Cooper Clarke on Monday 6 July 2020.

Published on 29 January 2020 by Ben Robinson

Recent News More news

  • Musicport Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary

    A popular Yorkshire coast festival continues to strike a chord with music fans – so much so that Musicport – in Whitby – is celebrating its 21st anniversary next month (October).

  • Secret Garden Party to return next summer

    Following recent rumours and conjecture on social media the multi award-winning Secret Garden Party, an event that set the creative benchmark for festivals everywhere, announced today that after a 5-year hiatus it will return next summer to celebrate its 20th Anniversary year.

  • Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival 2021 move dates

    Birmingham’s Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival is back this August with a top-flight line-up of big names, classic artists and brand new regional talent

  • One Month to Go until Boardmasters | Last Chance to Get Tickets

    Boardmasters is back from Wednesday 11 – Sunday 15 August 2021 and it’s set to be the best yet with an epic line up including headliners Foals, Gorillaz and Jorja Smith, plus over 200 more world-class artists set to take to the stage up at Watergate Bay

Upcoming Festivals Browse all

  • Tomorrow's Ghosts Festival (October)

    29 October - 31 October 2021

    Tomorrow's Ghosts Festival returns to The Pavillion in Whitby, after a break due to Covid-19 restrictions, in 2021 with another dose of all things Gothic and alternative. A collection of the most cele...

  • Sonic Samhain Shocker Show

    29 October - 30 October 2021

    As part of Sonic Rock Solstice's series of events, Sonic Samhain Shocker Show is a special 10 hour event of zombies, monsters and live music. There will also be prizes for the best fancy dress. The a...

  • Shiiine On Weekender

    12 November - 14 November 2021

    The Shiiine On Weekender is a celebration of the 80s and 90s dance and indie Culture. Its a lifestyle for its followers. Formed in 2015, Shiiine On has seen headline performances from Happy Mondays, I...