Ed Sheeran’s let himself go
This fella, pictured, is actually Stormy Stan, stalwart mascot of the RNLI. And we’re not just printing his pic because everyone loves a sailor; we’re using his image because the magnificent Crossing the Tyne festival always does a sterling job in raising money for charity and this year the RNLI will be the beneficiaries of their largesse. This is the fifth year that the festival has been held and it promises to be the biggest yet with about 250 slots scheduled (to give you some idea of how it’s grown, last year they had 140). The festival is focused on Shields (both North and South) and there will even be acts playing on the ferry when you want to hop between the two. Just about every venue in both areas will be taking part (around about 25 in all) with artists playing everything from rock to pop, folk to rap, poetry to swing. Grab the full line-up and more from the website, below.
Crossing the Tyne, Friday 23-Sunday 25 August. crossingthetynefestival.uk