Music lovers are urged to take up one last free opportunity to enjoy live music at a seafront venue before the programme ends for the summer season. Throughout June music lovers turned out in their hundreds to enjoy a month of free live music at the town’s open-air amphitheatre at Sandhaven, Sea Road, South Shields seafront, on Thursday and Saturday evenings.
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There is to be one last free performance with ‘Different Voices in Harmony’. The exciting showband will close the live music series at 7pm on Wednesday 13 July. ‘Different Voices’, funded by Arts Council England, is known for its work promoting harmony singing among year 6 children across South Tyneside.
The Band, a united blend of freelance local musicians enchants audiences with harmony vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet and trombone, and on 13 July will serenade with songs from the 1960s to present day. Of course, audiences will be encouraged to sing-a-long to all their favourites.
Councillor Joan Atkinson, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture, Leisure and the Visitor Economy, said:
“The Amphitheatre live music programme always proves to be a popular part of the summer festival and this year has been no exception.
“We have had some brilliant musicians taking to the stage over recent weeks and we are delighted to have ‘Different Voices in Harmony’ closing the series on Wednesday [13 July] and bringing back some real feel-good harmony singing.
“I am sure the performance will be a huge hit with the crowds at our stunning seafront.”
Music in summer open air
The Amphitheatre live music series is just one aspect of the This is South Tyneside Festival. Still to come are the renowned free Sunday Concerts at Bents Park in July with performances from Ella Henderson and The South (17 July); Dance Revival: featuring Whigfield, Sonique, D:ream and Phats & Small (24 July); and Shalamar and The Fizz (31 July).
Admission remains free. However, a limited number of Priority Access Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or Shop @ The Word for £6 per person per concert to guarantee access on the day. Please note that tickets are only available for sale until seven days before each concert from Ticketmaster, or up until 12noon on the day before each concert from Shop @ The Word.
Additional festival highlights include brass bands from across the North East performing at the amphitheatre on Sunday afternoons throughout July and August, and live music in South Marine Park bandstand on Saturday afternoons from July to September.
The Kids Fun-Fest programme of children’s entertainment and activities and summer park events also return on various dates in August.
The full programme of South Tyneside Festival events and activities includes details of priority tickets for the Sunday Concerts. Regular updates on these events can be found on Facebook and Twitter. The weather is fine, the venue is outdoors so exposure to coughs and viruses much reduced, nothing could be nicer than a concert at the wonderful amphitheatre in South Shields.
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