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This year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival, taking place between Wednesday 8th and Sunday 12th July, has already added two stunning headliners to their bill in the form of Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott and The Specials. Now they’ve revealed details of their final, Sunday headline act and for anyone who loves Motown and some of the most recognisable tunes in pop history, it’s a peach. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas have been confirmed to headline the outside stage at the Tynemouth Priory and Castle, bringing to a close a weekend of spectacular music at the stunning coastal location.

Joining them on the Sunday will be regular 80s chart-botherers The Christians, as well as acid-jazz quartet The James Taylor Quartet (for those who like things a little bit more left-field). Ben Ottewell, of legendary indie-rock band Gomez, Newcastle six-piece Kosoti and seventeen-year-old Whitley Bay singer Olivia Devine are also playing on the Sunday.

Over in Whitley Bay’s Playhouse, two special shows have also been announced. Italian-English singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti, who recently released his latest LP Written in Scars, plays a headline slot at the venue on Friday 10th July. Meanwhile, rapidly rising indie-pop stars Lisbon are headlining a gig at the Playhouse on Thursday 9th July, with support from a host of other local talent including Gallery Circus and Immy Williams.

Of course, there’s much more on offer across the four days of the festival, as manager for North Tyneside Tourism and Events Pete Warne explains: “It’ll be a bustling weekend with interactive family activities on the platform of the recently restored Victorian Tynemouth Station and the chance to take a surf lesson just a stone’s throw from the festival site with Tynemouth Surf Co. This year’s parade will see hundreds of local school children and parents in colourful costumes belting out world music rhythms. Of course, the opportunity to just relax on Blue Flag-winning King Edward’s Bay in the shadow of Tynemouth Priory and Castle and breathe it all in is a bonus too.”

With a lineup packed with acts new and old, from both near and afar, this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival is shaping up to be an unmissable event this July.

Tickets for this year’s event will go on sale on Friday 13th March at 9am.

More information about this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival can be found at the official website.

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