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Venue Accessibility?

Venue Accessibility Info

There is a new “Accessibility” Page on the Festival website – but not much information on it as yet.

These venues have access information on their websites:

Crowdsourcing accessibility info

The venues below have not published accessibility information.

Can you help us to give performers and visitors more info?

  • Please tick Venues that you would rate as “Accessible”
  • Let us know if you have any more accessibility information about these venues:
    • you can leave a Public Comment right after this post
    • or use the Contact Form below to send us a Private Message.

We are trusting you not to vote on a venue more than once!

Attitude is Everything

The website “Attitude is Everything(improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music) has some good tips on Accessibility Information that people find useful.


If you are a venue with Accessibility Info that you would like us to add to the website – please get in touch!

Many thanks in advance for your help!

Accessibility Poll

  • This is a totally unscientific survey with no “Accessibility Criteria” so the results should be viewed with caution.
  • They might help you to shortlist venues to contact for more information.

Contact Form to send a Private Message

How to get to 2018 Festival Venues

Maps, Travel and Transport

There is a new section on the Festival Programme Page with info about how to get to, and get around, the Festival.

This is what it looks like . . .

Festival Venues – Google Map & Directions

Select the image to go to the map then click on the place-markers for info about Events and get directions:

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Short url for map:

Nexus: Bus, Ferry, Metro & Rail

Transport North East



  • Transport: There is accessibility info on the sites linked above
  • Venues: See Festival Accessibility Page. Please contact Venues directly for further information and advice.

Looking forward to meeting some if not all of you at the Festival!

Please do let us know if you spot any errors or have any questions or comments.

  • You can leave a Public Reply by commenting at the end of this post
  • or send us a Private Message using this Contact Form

Steve Willis
Festival Organiser

Don’t miss the boat . . . Ferry!

Crossing The Tyne Festival Programme

UPDATE: Thurs 23 August

The Festival Programme is might have one or two more tweaks but is pretty well finalised!

Playing on The Ferry?

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Performance “turnaround times” on the Ferry are very tight!

Some good advice from Ray Rowley, Host for “Music on The Ferry”, to make sure that you get maximum “play time” on The Ferry:

  1. Board the ferry BEFORE the crossing you are actually playing on.
  2. The best plan is to board from the same side that you will be playing your slot – which means 30 mins before your “gig-crossing”, eg.
    • catch 11:30 Ferry from North Shields to perform on 12:00 crossing from North Shields to South Shields;
    • catch 11:45 Ferry from South Shields to perform on 12:15 crossing from South Shields to North Shields;
    • catch 12:00 Ferry from North Shields to perform on 12:30 crossing from North Shields to South Shields;
    • catch 12:15 Ferry from South Shields to perform on 12:45 crossing from South Shields to North Shields;
  3. There is a page on the Nexus website with Ferry Times and a Ferry Timetable with maps and directions to the Ferry Landings that you can download.
  4. Timed playlists for “North to South Crossings” and “South to North Crossings” to help you to plan to get to the Ferry on time: DOWNLOAD FERRY CROSSING PLAYLISTS
  5. Late arrivals: if you do NOT manage to follow Ray’s Cunning Plan as above then you need to board as quickly as possible:
    • do not just wait in line
    • alert the Ferry Crew that you are due to play on the Ferry
    • they will give you quick passage to the left of the Ferry Queue
    • be aware that even with this help, that if you are late and then take too long to set up on stage that you might still miss your chance to play
  6. Free Ferry travel “Pop Cards have been provided by Nexus for Performers on the Ferry. These are normally £5 to buy and have been pre-loaded with £2.80 worth of travel credit, ie. a “Ferry Day Saver Ticket”. (Keep them or give them to someone else afterwards! The car itself is still worth £5 and you can add more credits to it!)
  7. Festival “Pop Card” Bunny! Katie will be travelling to and fro on the Ferry all afternoon with the Pop Cards. She will have a list of who is playing on the Ferry and will get off at each landing to greet performers and hand over Pop Cards.
  8. Check in with Ray when you arrive so he can confirm what you need on stage and he can get it set up in time.


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Remember what fun we had last year!

We have been ferreting out your photos and videos as a reminder of just how GREAT the Crossing The Tyne Festival was in 2017!

Check out this page!  2017 Festival

We have started adding pages for some of last year’s events too  . . .

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. . . Looking forward to seeing all the photos and videos from the Crossing The Tyne Festival 2018 on Saturday 25th August! 


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Crossing The Tyne Festival – a Great Exhibition of The North Event!

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Be part of the Festival this year – Saturday 25th August


Contact Steve Willis, Festival Organiser

Or see our CONTACT PAGE for other ways to get in touch

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Steve Willis
Crossing The Tyne Festival Organiser
Timmerman Music


Crossing The Tyne Festival 2018

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Only six weeks to go now before the next Crossing The Tyne Festival!


Thank you to everyone who has already been in touch to say you would like to perform on Saturday 25th August.

We are still taking names and you can contact us in LOTS of ways – please see the Festival Contact Page

If you are on Facebook then an easy way to give us your name, or the name of your band, is to add it to this Poll that Lesley Tan has set up in the “Crossing The Tyne Festival Group”:  click through to add your name

  • Please note: Lesley’s poll is NOT a “popularity poll”
  • there is no need to tick the names of people who you would like to see perform
  • there is no need to ask people to tick your name
  • if you want to perform at “Strum on The Tyne”, please see below instead of using the Poll

Strum on The Tyne – Ukulele Festival

If you have not already done so, please contact Liz Panton directly using the “Strum on The Tyne” Contact Form

Venues and Hosts

We have started updating the Festival Programme Page with information about venues and hosts/organisers for 2018. This will include links to Facebook Events created for specific venues.

Updating the Festival Programme is ongoing as there are often changes in the run-up to the Festival.  To date, there are many venues listed as “TBC” (To Be Confirmed) but only because we do not have full details yet. We will post short “News Updates” to let you know when more details are added to the Festival Programme Page.

Great Exhibition of The North

Everyone who has contributed to past Festivals, or will participate this year, can rightly feel very proud that the Crossing The Tyne Festival has been recognised as source of inspiration by The Great Exhibition of The North!



Last year we raised over £700 for Oxfam in partnership with Oxjam Newcastle.  This year we are fundraising for Metro Radio – Cash for Kids.

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Steve Willis aka “Timmerman” – Festival Organiser

Congratulations to Steve, who with support from Generator, now has his own rather fetching website: “Timmerman Music“!

Steve has created and led the Festival with a massive amount of inspiration, enthusiasm and energy plus considerable coordination and organisational skills over the last four years. All that and buckets of diplomacy in managing to pull together a scattered team of volunteers, rally countless venues, hosts/organisers and performers on both sides of the river and on the Ferry – raising thousands of pounds for Festival charities along the way.

Festival Team

This will grow in size as we get closer to the Festival and we all seem to have multiple roles – but a big thank you is due to Dannielle Keys, for making the fliers that have got us rolling advertising the Festival this year!

Derrin Atkins
Jan Buglass
Dannielle Keys
Liz Panton
Ray Rowley
Lesley Tan

£712.43 raised for Oxfam by Crossing the Tyne Festival 2017!

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Thank you!

Crossing The Tyne Festival 2017 was a great success! Many thanks to EVERYONE who contributed – on both sides of The Tyne and on The Tyne. In North and South Shields, in Gateshead and Newcastle and on the Nexus Ferry!

Many thanks to the Performers, Festival Admin, the Venues, the Event Organisers and Hosts – to everyone who came along and made this such wonderful day and helped to raise funds for a good cause! The sun shone down and smiled on us too!

  • Great events!
  • Great performances!
  • Great community participation!
  • Best of all – over £700 raised for Oxfam with Oxjam Newcastle!

Many thanks also to everyone who has shared their photos and videos so that we can share them with you!

We will be posting highlights from 2017 but in the meantime you can see photos and videos on our Facebook Festival Page, Group and Facebook Events – and on the “Top Tourist” blog here! Crossing The Tyne Festival 2017

Next Crossing The Tyne Festival – 25 August 2018!

We have already started planning for next year!

Our new charity for 2018 will be “Cash for Kids ” as supported by Metro Radio

Come along, join in, have a great time and help raise funds for another very good cause!

Steve Willis
Festival Organiser

Festival Links:

Facebook: Festival Page

Facebook: Festival Group

Facebook: Festival Events Links

Twitter: @crossingthetyne



Lovely day on Tyneside for The Crossing The Tyne Festival!

The Met Office is supporting The Crossing The Tyne Festival! The weather is on our side!

Crossing The Tyne Festival: Programme

For updates see:

Crossing The Tyne Festival: Facebook Page

Crossing The Tyne Festival: Facebook Group

Crossing The Tyne Festival on Twitter: @music_northern

Strum on The Tyne – Plan for Performers and Helpers

Strum on The Tyne Plan

The response to this event has been fantastic! A quick survey of clubs and bands yesterday suggests that we can expect to have between 80 and 100 people performing during the afternoon!


The Old Low Light Heritage Centre has kindly offered to stay open until at least 6:00 so that we can accommodate everyone who has booked to play.

Even so, it has been a challenge to fit everyone into the Programme and still leave some time for “Open Stage” slots. We will have to be very strict about keeping to time.


The Old Low Light staff and volunteers are also very kindly erecting two two marquees for us outside the cafe. However, this is the first time that they have been used.  Until they are up we will not know how many people they will accommodate on stage.

Many of you are helping by bringing essential stage equipment with you:

  • music stands
  • portable amps to supplement the PA and amplifiers provided by Festival organisers
  • even folding chairs and stools!

I know that there is good networking within and between the groups, bands and clubs along the Tyne. Although it is always better to have spare equipment on hand than to have too little, this might be a good time to “buddy up” and arrange to share equipment. It will also save time in the “turnaround” between acts if some gear can remain on stage for the next act. (Isn’t it lucky that I happened to schedule Dam Jammers and Bay Uke so close together on the same stage!)

Sound and Power

Lalya Gaye is “Sound Tech Prof” for the Event, assisted by Donna Cairns. Jon Lee, a very experienced “Sound Guy” is also coming to help us to set up.

Mains power for the PA, amplifiers, etc. will be provided by extension cable from inside the Cafe – through the window.

  • Please take care around stage area or anywhere near electrical cables
  • If you are using the sound equipment provided, or need any help or advice with your own sound gear, please ask to speak to Lalya, Donna or Jon.
  • Please do NOT plug in or unplug instruments or cables until you have been told that it is safe to do so.
  • Please do NOT turn stage amplifiers on OR off .  If it is your own amplifier, just make sure that you have the Volume turned down to Zero before you do either.

Running Order

Performers: the “Acts in Running Order – Timings” document below should help you with:

  • knowing when to set up and on which stage
  • being ready to start on time
  • finishing on – or ahead of – time
  • knowing how long you then have to make way for the next act to set up

Two Stages and Turnaround Time

The Event starts at 12:00 and must finish by or before 6:00.

There will be two stages. For most of the day, acts will alternate between the stages.

This means that most acts will be able to set up and “take down”while someone else is performing on the other stage.

The 5 minutes allowed for “Turnaround Time”  is to give us a bit more leeway!

Acts in Running Order – Timings

Find your Band / Solo Slot in the embedded document below – you can also download it here to print a copy:

Strum on The Tyne – Plan – Acts in Running Order

If anyone spots any errors please let me know. If the documents are updated they do not need to be re-issued – they automatically update on this page, so they are always the most up-to-date versions.

Full Programme

I hope that there will not need to be any changes but, if anyone spots any errors, please let me know and I will correct them. If the spreadsheet is updated it does not need to be re-issuei – it automatically updates on this page.

You might need to scroll or “grab and drag” in the frame below to see the whole timetable.

There is a web page version here: Strum on The Tyne 2017 – Full Programme

(These spreadsheets do NOT print out nicely at all. If you want to print it, but this will not automatically update if there are changes, here is a screenshot).


Old Low Light Heritage Centre,
North Shields Fish Quay
Clifford’s Fort,
Fish Quay,
North Shields
NE30 1JA

(Roughly across the road from the Low Lights Pub and behind The Staith House Pub)

There is a small cafe in the Heritage Centre right next to the Stage Marquees.

The weather forecast is looking OK at the moment, but I would take a brolly, just in case!


There is free parking right next to the Old Low Light plus ticketed off street and on street parking not far away.

If the parking spaces are full next to the Old Low Light then there is still plenty of space to pull up to unload.

If you add “car park” to this search it should show you all car parking in the immediate area:

If I have missed something essential – please contact me!

I am looking forward to a wonderful day! Seeing and hearing everyone singing, playing and having a great time!

Liz Panton

Contact details:
via Festival Contact Form
Email: ukulele.allsorts AT
Twitter: @ukuleleallsorts

Change of Venue! Telegraph to Railway Club Gateshead

Due to unforeseen circumstances this line up will be playing at the Railway Club Gateshead instead of the Telegraph:

Railway Club
15 Wellington Street

Railway Club - was Telegraph

Facebook Event:

Jam Alongs – Crossing The Tyne Festival


Jam Along

If you want to play at Crossing The Tyne Festival on Saturday but have not booked a slot, you can still join in with the “Jam Alongs”!

North Shields:

  • The Magnesia Bank 4:00 – 6:30 hosted by Paul Allan

South Shields:

  • South Shields Ferry Landing: 12:00 – 5:00 hosted by David Danger Brown
  • Steamboat South Shields 12:00 – 5:00 hosted by  Denny Owens


Facebook: This post with links to Venues and Hosts on Facebook