The festival kicked off with a huge launch party event on both sides of the river Tyne on Friday night that featured street entertainers, bands, fireworks, a huge water sculpture and the UK’s first ever drone show. I’ve got to admit, the drone show was my favourite part, forget fireworks when you can write in the sky with changing coloured lights attached to drones!
Maximo Park playing on a huge floating stage on board “The Bobby Robson” were the headline act of the night, followed by Lemn Sissay performing the socks off his “An anthem for the north” from the Millennium Bridge. I was lucky enough to have tickets for The Sage Gateshead concert hall, where I danced along to Nightmares on Wax chilled out beats before the big finale on the river. Thousands of people lined both sides of the Quayside though, dancing and singing into the night. Such a brilliant atmosphere and if the Great Exhibition of the North epic launch party is anything to go by the rest of the festival and a summer in the mighty Toon will be a reet belta!
If you’re interested in coming to The Great Exhibition of The North here is the link to their event website. Events include: Lauren Lavern’s Great Northern Sound track at The Sage: a series of concerts featuring the DJs favourite artists from the region. 1UpNorth Gaming Exhibition at Northumbria University, and Aeons: a sound walk with wireless headphones along the Quayside. But there are literally hundreds of events, with lots of free events as well as ticketed, so there is something for everyone.
I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed with Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’ve been every year for as long as I can remember as a punter and I’ve even worked at a few: wrangling street performers and managing out door stages. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is almost 4 weeks of madness! 4000 shows take place in over 300 venues all over the city, everywhere becomes a venue…
The bar scene in Newcastle is fast moving and there are some fabulous new additions. So, if you’re heading to the Toon for the up-coming bank holidays, I’ve put together a handy list of some of the best bars in Newcastle, with something to appeal to everyone.
As well as staying in one of the most fabulous Hotels in Edinburgh my itinerary included eating at some of the hottest additions to the local foodie scene, drinking plenty of whisky (maybe a bit too much, ha!) all while seeing the best bits of this ancient city. So, if you’re visiting soon and looking for an Edinburgh itinerary that maximises your time there, look no further!