South Tyneside Council largeA programme of free Saturday concerts gets underway this weekend, with a host of North East bands set to perform throughout the summer.

The Music in South Marine Park, South Tyneside’s beautiful seafront park, in South Shields, begins this Saturday (July 9) with live music from members of South Tyneside’s Wind Bands, from 10am until 12noon.

This will be followed by free concerts at the park every Saturday throughout July, August and one date in September, from 2pm until 4pm, as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival.

The programme of music, featuring live performances from bands across the region, has been organised by The Friends of North and South Marine Park in partnership with South Tyneside Council.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, said: “The Music in South Marine Park series is just one of the many highlights of the South Tyneside Festival and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a selection of local bands for free every Saturday throughout the summer and into September.

“I would like to thank all of the acts taking part and the Friends of North and South Marine Park for bringing us this wonderful programme of live music.”

Other acts set to perform in July as part of the Music in South Marine Park series include Knapp Daneben (July 16) from the Borough’s twin town of Wuppertal in Germany, pop rock five piece Barely Human (July 23) and rock and soul band The Gaslighters (July 30).

The Little Big Band will take to the Victorian bandstand in South Marine Park (August 6), as well as Gladstone (13 August) and rockabilly group Cats Night Out (August 20) followed by melodic pop rock band Rose Parade (August 27) and Tyne and Wear party band Rivelino (3 September).

For more information and full listings for the South Tyneside Festival 2016, which also includes weekly performances from the region’s finest brass bands at the open-air Amphitheatre in South Shields, Kids Fun-Fest Parties and monthly craft markets, go to www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk search for South Tyneside Events on Facebook, follow STynesideEvents on Twitter or call the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on 0191 424 7788.