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Park is Alive with the Sound of Music

Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 12.29.18A historical park in South Tyneside is being brought to life with modern music.

The Victorian bandstand at South Marine Park, South Shields, will be hosting live performances every Saturday for the next seven weeks as part of the South Tyneside Festival 2015.

Among the array of North East acts set to perform are Cats Night Out (July 25), The Happy Cats (August 1), Rose Parade (August 8), Big Red and The Grinners (August 15), The Gaslighters (August 22), Little Big Band (August 29) and Rivelino (September 5).

Each of the concerts, supported by the Friends of North and South Marine Parks, will run from 2pm until 4pm on their respective dates and are free to all ages.

Margaret Thompson, Chair of the Friends of North and South Marine Parks, said: “This is a great way of getting more visitors to South Marine Park and, more importantly of bringing the community together through the power of music.”

The Music in the Bandstand programme forms part of the wider South Tyneside Festival 2015, organised by South Tyneside Council, which offers three months of live music and entertainment at venues across South Shields.

Other highlights still to come in this year’s festival include open air concerts in Bents Park headlined by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling (July 26) and North East stars Joe McElderry, Collabro and Lola Saunders (August 2).

There will also be twice weekly Kids Fun Fest parties running at the amphitheatre from July 28 to August 20, as well as a series of brass band performances every Sunday until the end of August.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “It is amazing to see the historic South Marine Park brought to life every year as part of the South Tyneside Festival.  There really is no better way to experience the North East’s musical talent, than in this beautiful seafront setting.”

For more information about the Music in the Bandstand series, and full listings for the South Tyneside Festival 2015, go to for South Tyneside Events on Facebook, follow STynesideEvents on Twitter or call the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on 0191 424 7788.

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