A glorious sun-kissed afternoon of music was the order of the day as this year’s summer season of outdoor concerts got underway inside of Bents Park.

With each year that passes the South Tyneside Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. A crowd of in excess of 20,000 patrons were present for the opening concert as the sounds of Marti Pellow, New Rules and The Good Souls entertained the masses in sunny South Shields.

And with the Mouth of the Tyne Festival taking place just up the road, the North East coast was treated to an action-packed weekend of music.

Local lads The Good Souls got things underway with a set of crowd-pleasing covers such as The Killers Mr Brightside, Respect by Erasure and a tremendous rendition of Don Henley’s Boys of Summer. The latter of which being perfectly fitting on a glorious afternoon such as this.

Whilst up and coming boy band New Rules had their followers out in force in South Sheilds, with constant shrieks of excitement from the front row. The group showcases original songs such as Fix Somebody which perfectly sit side by side to covers including their take on Ed Sheeran’s The Shape of You. Expect big things to come from this trio in the future.

With the sun high in the sky, today’s weather was anything but Wet Wet Wet as Marti Pellow closed out a beautiful afternoon with a 90-minute performance.

It goes without saying that Love Is All Around inside of Bents Park for Marti Pellow. And the chart-topping star was so overjoyed with the response that he received that he declared that he would work with an audience like this any day. With a sea of smiling faces, the concert was just like a walk in the park for Marti Pellow – Bents Park that is.

Pellow’s career-spanning set features the perfect blend of solo material as well as Wet Wet Wet classics. Tracks such as Angel Eyes, Sweet Little Mystery, Goodnight Girl and Sweet Surrender were the perfect soundtrack to a summer’s afternoon.

Over the next three weeks, the South Tyneside Festival will bring together the perfect blend of established acts whilst simultaneously supporting and developing some of the region’s finest emerging talent. The likes of The Lightning Seeds, Midge Ure and Gabrielle will all feature on the bill over the coming weeks.

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Event Date: 14-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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