Thousands turn out for first Live event

Visitors to Northumberland Live
Visitors to Northumberland Live

Around 5,000 people rocked out to The Christians and enjoyed a free festival of music at the first Northumberland Live event on Saturday.

Taking place on Blyth Beach with the main stage in the Mermaid car park, the event was headlined by chart toppers the Christians and saw acts from across the North East take to the stage.

And two up-and-coming local musicians were part of the main attraction.

Joe Allan, from Cramlington and Lewis Hill, from Holywell, were living the dream as they performed at the free event after winning a talent competition at the town’s Phoenix Theatre last week.

Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture said: “Northumberland Live proved very popular with people travelling from across the region to watch the performances despite the wet conditions throughout the day.

“It was a brilliant venue and an amazing atmosphere. There was a variety of entertainment across the site and it was fantastic to see so many families in the audience.

It was also wonderful to see the two performers who won the Northumberland Live talent competition perform on the stage. The event provided a platform for their music to be heard and I am sure that their music careers will continue to go from strength to strength.”