Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Something for Everyone as Festival Fever Arrives; BARBARA HODGSON Previews an Action-Packed Festival Weekend in Newcastle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Something for Everyone as Festival Fever Arrives; BARBARA HODGSON Previews an Action-Packed Festival Weekend in Newcastle

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IF you were planning to put your feet up this weekend then think again. There's so much happening around the region over the next couple of days that you're really not going to want to miss out.

With events ranging from the glowing attractions of Peace Camp - the art installation of illuminated tents up at Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland - to the high-flying antics of Sunderland International Air Show, and the hint - at last - of some reasonable weather, this is no time to be a couch potato.

Newcastle will be doing its bit to keep you on your toes with two music-filled festivals, while another plays out on the other side of the Tyne, where the free outdoor Jumpin' Hot Club stage returns today as part of the SummerTyne Americana festival at The Sage Gateshead.

Music lovers can take along a picnic and stake out a spot on the grass to enjoy a dance-along afternoon of rockin' roots and sizzling sounds from a line-up of seven regional bands who'll be playing from noon until 6.40pm.

There'll also be boat cruises and street food, with all the flavour of the American South, while the indoor line-up in the Sage - which will also be displaying music-themed artwork by local artist Geoff Marston - will include US stars Lera Lynn and Darrell Scott and, courtesy of local comedian and music-man Mr Drayton and his record player, the playing of Johnny Cash's Live at San Quentin album.

Tomorrow's headline act will be the five-times Grammy winner Dr John, the graduate of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame whose mighty New Orleans-soaked CV now includes new album Locked Down.

More stomping free tunes will be underway over the river as the Ouseburn Festival - now in its 15th year - returns with two days of music and activities.

Today includes a BBQ party and DJs at Hotel du Vin from noon, and the NARC-fest of live music across the Ouseburn Valley from 6pm until late. …

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