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