Buskers Venues at Crossing The Tyne Festival

The Crossing The Tyne Festival started out in 2015 as a “Buskers Festival” of Open Stages and “Sessions”. It has got more organised over the years, with acts and bands pre-booking slots – but these venues have set up for Wandering Troubadours to turn up on spec!

There is a Google Map of all the venues to help find your way around:

  • Short url for Festival Venues on Google Maps:  http://bit.ly/CrossingTyneFestMap
  • Many thanks to Steve Pledger for letting us know that the Alum Ale House had levitated onto the Shields Ferry, according to our map! The Festival Web Monkey has now wrestled it back onto dry land!


Venue 2 (S) FERRY LANDING TERMINAL South Shields

  • 12:00 – 6:00 Mix of Open Stage and Pre-booked Acts

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Jam Along / Open Stage

Map and Directions. How to get to South Shields Ferry landing.The ferry landing is about a 5 minute walk from South Shields Metro station. Most local buses serve Market Place and Keppel Street.

Venue 7 (S) HOLBORN ROSE & CROWN, South Shields

  • Two acts then Open Stage from 4:30 – 6:30

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Bands & Buskers

  • 3:30 – 6:30
    • 3:30 The Claptouts
    • 4:00 Kitchy Retro
    • More to follow – then Jam Along / Open Stage until 6:30
  • Host: Jenn Cherene
  • Facebook Event
  • Location:
    The Holborn Rose & Crown
    101-103 Hill Street
    South Shields
    NE33 1RN
  • Access: contact venue

Venue 17 (S) STEAM BOAT PUB, South Shields

  • 12:00 – 6:00 free playing acoustic venue

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Unplugged Acoustic Session

  • 12:00 – 6:00-ish!
  • Host: Ethan Bruce
  • Facebook Event
  • Location:
    Steamboat Pub
    27 Mill Dam
    South Shields
    NE33 1EQ
  • Access: contact venue

Venue 19 (N) JUKE SHED BAR, North Shields

  • 12:00 – 6:00 Acoustic Session: Mix of Open Stage and Pre-booked Acts

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Acoustic Session

  • 12:00 – 6:00 TBC
  • Host: TBC
  • Facebook Event
  • Location:
    16 Union Quay
    North Shields
    NE30 1HJ
  • Access: contact venue


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