Mouth of the Tyne festival is finally returning to the North East year, and will run next month.
The festival will take place in July 2022, and brings with it a spectacular line-up of artists from the local area and around the world.
This will be the first time the festival has run in two years after being unable to run the popular event in 2021 and 2020 due to coronavirus concerns.
The festival director and head of culture at North Tyneside’s Council spoke on the exciting return of the festival: “It’s been a long time in the making as we’ve had to wait until the pandemic was under control but we’re really looking forward to a great festival packed full of fantastic entertainment for the whole family.
“The setting couldn’t be more spectacular with our award-winning coastline as the backdrop to our annual celebration and I know visitors will find lots to enjoy.”
So, can fans still get tickets to the festival?
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming event.
When is the Mouth of the Tyne Festival?
The festival will run from 8 July - 10 July in Tynemouth.
Gates open at 6pm. Support acts start at around 7pm. Concerts finish by 10pm.
For Sunday afternoon, gates open at 11.45am and the concert finishes by 7pm.
Can I still get tickets?
Tickets are still available for the Friday 8 July day of the festival, meaning fans still have a chance to see a great line-up of artists as well as headline Keane.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
At the time of publishing, prices retailed at £49.50. This price does not include potential book fees.
Who is the headliner?
Keane, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and John Cale, are tipped to be the headliners for the festival playing the Tynemouth Priory and Castle.
Newcastle formed duo Lighthouse Family were also tipped to headline the festival, however, on Tuesday 7 June the band announced that they had parted ways and would not be playing the festival anymore.
The Lighthouse Family formed in Newcastle when keyboardist Paul Tucker and singer Tunde Baiyewu were students in the city.
North Tyneside Deputy Mayor Carl Johnson said: "We were extremely disappointed to hear that the Lighthouse Family are no longer performing together and will be unable to play their headline slot at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.”
"A sell-out audience have held on to their tickets throughout the pandemic, and like us, they were looking forward to the performance.
"However, the decision to pull out of the show has been made by the band leaving us all bitterly disappointed."
Festival organisers announced that this meant that fans could get refunds for the three-day event.
Band member Paul Tucker took to Instagram to announce the cancellation and break-up of the band in an instagram post: “I’m so sorry to let you know that our headline show at Mouth Of The Tyne Festival on 9th July has been cancelled.”
“I have tried everything with our agents and promoters over the last few weeks to make this work but we just couldn’t get it over the line.
“Tunde no longer wants to perform as Lighthouse Family and now wants to focus on his solo career and I wish him all the best.
“I was really looking forward to this hometown show and playing our songs in this amazing place close to the lighthouses that gave us our name. I am as disappointed as you are. It breaks my heart to let you down.”
Who else is playing the Mouth of the Tyne Festival?
The festival offers a star-studded line-up including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Keane, and John Cale.
As well as the headliners the likes of Newton Faulkner, Cattle & Cane, and Eliza Shaddad as well as many others will perform.
You can find the full line-up at the Mouth of the Tyne website.
As well as scheduled performances at the usual stages, Tynemouth Metro Station will also host multiple live performers from the local area and afar.
What is the Mouth of the Tyne festival?
Mouth of the Tyne first started in 2005, and will usually see around 100,000 people attend the popular festival.
Can I bring Food and drink?
Food and drink is available on site but people can also bring their own. Alcohol is allowed in moderate quantities.
Glass and BBQs are NOT permitted. Bag searches will be conducted.
Where can I park?
Parking will be extremely limited. The festival organisers recommend that you use public transport where possible (www.nexus.org.uk).
There are limited blue badge parking spaces nearby. If travelling by car, please note Front Street will be closed.