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Step into an Explosive Summer in NewcastleGateshead

8th June 2010

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Step into an Explosive Summer in NewcastleGateshead


Exploding with excitement this July NewcastleGateshead and Tyne and Wear are set to wow visitors with a jam-packed and sizzling summer programme kicking-off the school holidays in style.

SummerTyne returns to The Sage Gateshead with five days of American inspired music and events, 22-26 July. The Americana theme has proved popular in the past and is back with a mixture of performances. SummerTyne has fast become recognised as a leader in the summer event calendar, presenting some of the most credible and popular names in alt country, through deep Southern gospel to soul and electrifying blues to rock.

Performed live from both inside and outside The Sage Gateshead on the spectacular south bank of the River Tyne, outdoor performances are free to attend while ticketed highlights include the only UK show by Rosanne Cash. Jakob Dylan & Three Legs perform hot on the heels of his recently released and highly acclaimed album 'Women & Country', and not to forget Solomon Burke, one of the most iconic and influential figures in rock music, with his full band the Souls Alive Orchestra.

Taking to the skies above nearby Sunderland – the city by the sea – will be a host of award winning aerial display teams at the 21st Sunderland International Airshow, 23-25 July.

This year sees a brand new element introduced to Europe’s biggest free airshow. As well as mainstay appearances from the Red Arrows and highlight displays from a Vulcan Bomber, which will take to the skies above Sunderland for the first time on Saturday 24 July, there will also be a host of music and entertainment on Friday 23 July to kick–off the weekend’s events. 

Taking place at Cliffe Park from 19.30 – 22.00, Sunderland International Airshow will be launched with street theatre performances alongside an exciting programme of live music for all the family. The evening will come to a close with spectacular night flying and a fireworks finale from Roker Pier.
Meanwhile the Mouth of the Tyne Festival takes to the streets in South Shields and Tynemouth, 10-11 July. Street theatre and live music takes place on both sides of the River Tyne, with headline performances from James Morrison taking place in the iconic ruins of Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

Now in its sixth year, the event has attracted world-class acts including The Script and Beverly Knight. This year Seth Lakeman and the Lightening Seeds will also be performing at events throughout the weekend.

¡VAMOS! Festival returns from 02-11 July bringing Latin spirit to North East England with events celebrating the culture and vibrancy of Latin and Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) cultures. Festival events include Live Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling; a documentary about the music from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro produced by Diplo; secret restaurants in Latin homes across Newcastle and Gateshead and an exclusive performance and discussion with members of the Danza Contemporánea de Cuba.

See below listings information for a host of events taking place throughout July and into August, for further information and to find out what’s on go to

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For more information on things to do in NewcastleGateshead go to


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Shelley Staines, Media and PR Manager, Tourism Tyne and Wear 0191 440 5739

July Listings

2 – 11 July 2010

Various Locations
¡VAMOS! Festival returns bringing Latin spirit to the North East with events celebrating the culture and vibrancy of Latin and Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) cultures. ¡VAMOS! Festival 2010 will host exciting events across Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and North Tyneside including; Live Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling; a documentary about the music from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro produced by Diplo; secret restaurants in Latin homes across Newcastle and Gateshead and an exclusive performance and discussion with members of the Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. The ten action packed days also include live contemporary and traditional Latin music, vibrant visual art exhibitions, authentic Latin cuisine and outdoor picnics, enlightening talks and thought provoking discussions. For more information please visit

09 – 10 July
2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Jazz festival which will be playing its final encore to audiences this summer as the long-running event comes to a close. Featuring, as always, the very best in classic jazz, from Ragtime to Swing, the 150 musicians will represent the USA, Japan, Australia, Chile, Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. For further information visit

10 – 11 July
Pop star James Morrison’s headline performance at this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival is sold out. All 4,000 tickets have been sold for the event at Tynemouth Priory on Saturday 10 July 2010, but there’s still lots going on for those without a ticket.

An exciting weekend of live music, markets and entertainment on both sides of the River Tyne. One of the highlights of the festival is an evening concert at Tynemouth Priory and Castle featuring a well-known artist. 2009 saw The Script perform out of the spectacular ruined Priory on a headland above the mouth of the River Tyne. Events also include a street carnival and theatre as part of South Tyneside Summer Festival in South Shields, for more information visit

10 July
Gateshead International Stadium, NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD
Gateshead International Stadium will host one of two UK Diamond League events which will see a number of top international and British athletic stars entertaining the British public this summer.

The IAAF has announced that World and Olympic Champion and record holder Usain Bolt has been contracted alongside Tyson Gay (100m, USA), Asafa Powell (100m JAM), Kenenisa Bekele(10,000m ETH), Yelena Isinbayeva (Pole Vault RUS), Sanya Richards (400m USA), Blanca Vlasic (High Jump Cro), Andreas Thorkildsen (Javelin Nor) and Stephen Hooker (Pole Vault AUS). The athletes competing at Gateshead International Stadium are yet to be confirmed.

AVIVA British Grand Prix Athletics is part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s programme of high quality, distinctive and family-friendly festivals and events

23 – 25 July

Seaburn and Roker Seafront, SUNDERLAND
Sunderland International Airshow will be 21 in 2010 and is set to thrill audiences with daring aerial displays and a series of family friendly events taking place on the ground. Kicking off on Friday evening with a host of street theatre, live music and fireworks in Cliffe Park, the two-day event is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of spectators to Sunderland’s stunning coastline at Roker and Seaburn and is the biggest free airshow in Europe.
Saturday’s highlights include the Vulcan Bomber, flying for the first time over Sunderland on Saturday only. The action packed flying programme features front line jets, vintage aircraft, a parachute display team and aerobatic teams. The spectacular and hugely popular Red Arrows will be back again this year at 12noon on both days to deliver an amazing display of aerobatics and precision flying.
If that’s not enough, there will be even more entertainment on the ground including The Band of HM Royal Marines (Scotland), Royal Marines Combat Display Team and the 4th Royal Artillery Light Gun Display team in the arena, children’s entertainment, a wide range of exhibitions and promotional displays, plus a number of trade stands. For further information go to

22 – 26 July
The Sage Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead’s 2010 SummerTyne Festival will focus particularly on the Americana theme which has been so successful in previous years. The programme will include concerts in The Sage Gateshead ranging from classical to country to rock, the very popular free outdoor stage on Performance Square programmed in collaboration with Jumpin’ Hot. Other activity will include musical boat trips on the Tyne, along with visual arts, films and family events in The Sage Gateshead and other venues on and around Gateshead Quays. A linked Learning and Participation Programme will include the formation of a major new gospel choir.

SummerTyne is part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s programme of high quality and distinctive festivals and events

30 July – 1 August
Gateshead Central Nursery
The fourth largest horticultural event in the country, the show will feature displays of hundreds of plants, flowers and shrubs housed in 300,000 square feet of marquee space. There will be plenty to see and do over the three days, including fantastic displays, floral art, a huge craft fair, demonstrations, a continental market, speciality foods, live entertainment, lots of children's activities and much more!

June, July and August
South Tyneside Summer Festival, South Shields
The three month South Tyneside Summer Festival, which takes place in venues across South Shields, begins in earnest in June with twice weekly live music at the Amphitheatre on the sea front.
These performances, which are held Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the month, will once again feature a wide mix of international, national and local artistes, including Monsters of British Rock featuring former members of Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Wishbone Ash and Thunder

For those who prefer something a little more traditional there will also be regular brass band concerts at the Amphitheatre throughout the duration of the festival, with most being held on a Sunday afternoon. While Sunday Concerts at Bents Park will this year feature Tony Christie.

More information about the festival, including details of the annual Cookson Parade, which takes place on 03 July, can be found on the website

Date for your diary

19 August
Enter Seven Stories’ exclusive ballot to be in with the chance of meeting bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson. Seven Stories has 60 pairs of tickets to give away to lucky fans aged 7+. Jacqueline officially opened Seven Stories on 19 August 2005, and is returning five years on for an exclusive book signing.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite children’s authors, selling over 25 million books and winning numerous awards including the Guardian Fiction Award and Blue Peter People’s Choice Award. One of her most successful creations started in 1991 with The Story of Tracy Beaker, illustrated by Nick Sharratt. In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson. For more information and full terms and conditions, please visit:

Notes to Editors
Why 'NewcastleGateshead'?
You may wonder why the destination is described as NewcastleGateshead...

Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank of the River Tyne) have been transformed into a single cultural and cosmopolitan visitor destination: NewcastleGateshead (think Buda Pest).

The two places are closely linked - by seven bridges across the river – and visitor attractions and events can be found on both sides. Visitors to the area are drawn to sample attractions, galleries, live performances, sporting events, museums, restaurants, hotels and much more in both Newcastle and Gateshead - with easy pedestrian access from one to the other in a matter of minutes via the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Three of the area's most high-profile contemporary attractions (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, international music centre The Sage Gateshead and world famous public art the Angel of the North) are all in Gateshead, while Newcastle brings a wealth of history and heritage (along with its world-class contemporary developments), plus an incredible choice of cosmopolitan nightlife, to the successful partnership: NewcastleGateshead.

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