It wasn’t just the Sunderland International Air Show that drew visitors to the North East coast at the weekend.

The penultimate instalment of this year’s South Tyneside Festival attracted thousands of attendees as part of a nostalgic afternoon of music inside of Bent’s Park.

And whilst Tears For Fears and ABC had wowed the crowds a mere stone’s throw away in nearby Chester Le Street on Saturday evening the 80s theme continued on Sunday afternoon in sunny South Shields.

With a name like The Breakfast Club, there were no surprises as to the musical styles on offer by Sunday’s opening act. The local lads set the tone for the afternoon ahead with their take on the likes of The Human League, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Gary Numan before handing over the reins to the event’s co-headliners.

Nick Heyward took to the stage first and performed a set that included classics such as the unmistakable Love Plus One and the psychedelic-tinged He Doesn’t Love You Like I Do. Whereas the sentiment behind On A Sunday and smash-hit Fantastic Day perfectly summed up the day’s proceedings.

Having fronted Ultravox, performed alongside Phil Lynott in Thin Lizzy as well as being at the forefront of Live Aid and Live 8, Midge Ure requires no introduction. The Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist performed an incredible greatest hits set that included a whole raft of hits from throughout his forty-plus career. This included crowd-pleasing airings of the likes of If I Was, Love’s Great Adventure and the synth-heavy Fade To Grey, to name but a few.

Even Midge Ure himself declared ‘How cool is it to have a council that gives you free concerts’. The locals in South Shields couldn’t ask for any more than that.

Once again this year South Tyneside Festival has outdone itself with the likes of Marti Pellow, the Lightning Seeds and Phats and Small all featuring over the last few weeks. Chart-topping superstar Gabrielle will close out this year’s summer concert series in Bents Park on Sunday 4th August.

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Event Date: 28-July-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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