The South Tyneside Festival countdown begins

Preparations are well underway for the return of South Tyneside's hugely popular festival packed full of free music, entertainment and activities.

Visitors to the Borough are in for a fun-filled summer as the South Tyneside Festival, one of the biggest and best free festivals in the country, returns with a jam-packed programme of live music, family-friendly entertainment and activities for all ages to enjoy.

One of the main highlights of the festival, the Summer Parade, will make a spectacular return on Saturday 1 July. Once again the whole community will come together to line the streets of South Shields and take part in a colourful carnival as it makes its way from South Shields Town Hall along to Bents Park on the seafront.

Last year's Maritime Mayhem themed parade attracted up to 18,000 spectators and included more than 2,100 participants.

The extremely popular open-air music concerts will also return to Bents Park in South Shields for four consecutive Sundays on 9, 16, 23 and 30 July.

This follows on from last year's hugely successful Sunday Concerts programme, which featured big name performers including Alexander Burke, the Proclaimers and Lindisfarne, Tony Hadley and UB40, and attracted record-breaking crowds.

The open air Amphitheatre on the seafront at Sandhaven will once again showcase North East talent.

The Amphitheatre venue will again play host to brass bands on Sunday afternoons throughout June, July and August and will welcome scores of families to the Kids Fun Fest featuring a whole host of children's entertainment on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 24 August.

Classical and contemporary music will be given the big band treatment when Proms in the Park takes over South Marine Park on Sunday 2 July.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, said: "Every year, the three-month long South Tyneside festival is hugely popular event the Borough's calendar and attracts thousands of visitors from across the region and beyond.

"On the back of our most successful Summer Festival in the event's 28 year history, drawing over 140,000 visitors to South Tyneside, we are looking forward to people of all ages enjoying our free programme of live music from well-known acts and local performers, children's entertainment, street performers and much more.

"Once again we are very excited to be bringing back the festival's key highlights including our crowd pleasing Sunday Concerts and spectacular Summer Parade.

"We are urging people to save the dates for this year's Summer Parade in their diary to ensure they don't miss out on the superb programme of events we have lined up and to join us in making this year's festival the best one yet. South Tyneside will be the place to be this summer."

Further details about South Tyneside Festival events, activities and entertainment will be announced in due course.

 

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