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


Venue 5. Strum on The Tyne “Uke Fest” @MagnesiaBank !

Many Thanks to The Magnesia Bank !

– for welcoming us at very short notice and hosting “Strum on The Tyne” 2018 !

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Venue 5. Crossing the Tyne Festival

The Magnesia Bank
1 Camden St
North Shields
NE30 1NH

Directions: Google Map


  • There are only “Bar snacks” (crisps, etc.).
  • The pub is just off North Shields High Street, close to cafe’s and shops.
  • 3:05 – 3:30 BREAK for food!

Public Transport

  • 5 minutes walk from North Shields metro and many bus stops
  • 9 minutes walk from North Shields Ferry Terminal.


  • On-street: Camden St and surrounding streets, 50p per hour (no time restrictions) (Camden St is one-way, running down from the High St.)
  • Beacon Centre Multi-Storey: 2 mins walk
    Adjacent to the shopping centre is a multi-storey car park with more than 400 parking bays, 13 disabled bays and 7 parent & toddler bays.
    Parking charges:
    Up to 2 hours £1.20
    2-4 hours £1.50
    4+ hours £2.50
    For Sat Nav purposes the postcode of the Car park is NE29 6QN
    The car park is open from 7am – 7pm
  • North Shields Fish Quay: Free parking
  • North Tyneside – All Parking Info


  • Level access from Camden Street into The Conservatory.
  • Level access from Camden Street to back entrance of main bar. (One step maybe, there were three doors and I was not sure which one was the back entrance!)
  • Several steep steps between The Conservatory and Main Bar
  • Toilets are level access from the Main Bar.
  • NOT fully wheelchair accessible.
    • There is no designated wheelchair-accessible toilet
    • Staff say that customers in wheelchairs do use the toilets.


Stage 1: Main Bar
Stage 2: Conservatory



Please bear with us while we update Venue 5. Strum on The Tyne details across social media!




Venue 19 added today! Juke Shed Bar, North Shields

Delighted to add another “Acoustic Session” venue to the Crossing The Tyne Festival Programme today – at Juke Shed Bar, North Shields: Venue 19!

Venue 19 (N) Juke Shed Bar

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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
  • Map: Festival Venues on Google Maps bit.ly/CrossingTyneFestMap

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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:
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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.

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