July events: Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

South Shields, Tyne and Wear

This fabulous summer festival brings three months of free entertainment to the vibrant seafront resort of South Shields.

The South Tyneside Festival is an annual three-month celebration of music and culture in a unique setting.

The highlight each year is four open-air concerts on summer Sunday afternoons, which take place in Bents Park right next to the beautiful beach and seafront of South Shields. This year's line-up kicks off with Marti Pellow who will be first on the bill on Sunday 14 July, before 90s band the Lightning Seeds take to the stage the following week. Sunday 28 July will have a 80s flavour with Midge Ure and Nick Heyward performing, while the talented Gabrielle will bring the concert programme to a close in style on Sunday 4 August. Entry is free of charge, or you can purchase a Priority Plus ticket which allows you in earlier to pick the best spot.

Another highlight is a spectacular Summer Parade. One of the biggest of its kind in the North it features more than 2000 participants and is hugely popular. The 2019 parade takes place on Saturday 6 July and the theme this year is Space Fantasy. It will be an unmissable day so come along and cheer on the parade through the streets of South Shields, then enjoy the free entertainment all afternoon long at South Shields Seafront.

Throughout the summer there's lots more free live music, entertainment and family activities to enjoy. A full programme can be found on the website, and there’s something for everyone!

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View of festival crowd from the stageSouth Tyneside Festival Concerts © Visit South Tyneside
Sunday Concerts, South Tyneside FestivalSouth Tyneside Festival Concerts © Visit South Tyneside
Performer on stage at the festival.Summer Parade, South Tyneside Festival © Visit South Tyneside
Girl in crowd at the South Tyneside FestivalSummer Parade outside of South Shields Town Hall © Visit South Tyneside
Summer Parade, South Tyneside FestivalSummer Parade 2018 © Visit South Tyneside
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