Did you manage to get yourself a ticket to see Lulu take to the stage at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival? If not, you missed a treat!
The grounds of Tynemouth Priory saw a four day festival filled with musical talent including headline stars Bryan Ferry, Will Young, James Bay and of course, the one and only Lulu. Whether you had a ticket or if you were looking over from the roadside, you could see the stage on the cliff’s edge and could hear the music coming from the bands, along with the cheers and laughter from the spectators. Families upon families attending, some sitting on the ground’s green, kids passing footballs and rugby balls between them – proving that it was a great day made better with music thrown into the mix.
To get the crowd warmed up and ready to ‘Shout’, support came in the form of Kieran Taylor, Nick Pride and the Pimptones, and Shields. Not to forget the appearance of Brit and MOBO award winner, Lemar.
Lemar opened his set with ‘Tainted Love’ a cover of an old Northern Soul hit made even more famous by Soft Cell. He went on to perform ‘The Letter’ and ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’, both of which are featured on his current album The Letter. Not forgetting that he found his fame on Fame Academy, Lemar sang two of his original songs ‘Dance With U’ and ‘If There’s Any Justice’.
Welcomed by her all male band, Lulu danced onto the stage accompanied by cheers from all around. Opening her set with ‘Relight My Fire’, Lulu was ready to celebrate her 50 years in music with the North East crowd. With a set list filled with songs from past, including ‘Where The Poor Boys Dance’, ‘Boom Bang-a-Bang’ and ‘To Sir With Love’, and the present, ‘Every Single Day’ and ‘Faith In You’. Making special tribute to the late David Bowie, Lulu sang the song that was originally written by the legend himself, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.
Lulu kept a great rapport with the crowd talking between songs – “I have no regrets in life, it’s too short. I live life to the full and live for the music and my grandchildren”, showing that she still has such a great passion for the music industry. Fair to say we still have a lot of love for this woman too! Lulu gave great and deserved praise to the crowd for their support over the years before going on to praise the weather, and the view of the ruins and the sea to her right. However, her praise for the weather was short lived and Lulu was forced to grab her scarf from the microphone stand, remarking to her bassist that she was freezing cold.
Ending her set on the massively famous ‘Shout’, if she hadn’t already pleased the crowd, this one was definitely a winner and she got them moving from the very front all the way to the back.
If you were lucky enough to bag yourself a ticket, you’ll agree that it was definitely a great day, a great festival and Lulu still has it! Who knows who will be popping up on the stage at next year’s festival…
Photographer – Rhiannon Brown
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