Top Festivals in Newcastle Gateshead 2018

02 February 2018

In 2018 Newcastle will have festivals for the foodies, as well as open-air, coastal gigs and art-based cultural crawls. Whether you’re visiting the city with your family or friends, there’s a festival for everyone this year.


The Great Exhibition of the North is set to be the biggest event in England this year. The event is a free, 80-day celebration of the North’s art, culture, design and innovation. Cutting edge, immersive experiences will take place in the likes of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the Discovery Museum and the spectacular Sage Gateshead.

To celebrate the opening of the event, June 22nd will include a spectacular 80m-long water sculpture (a.k.a. The Angel fountain) that will spring into life, as well as a projection of a film premier on the banks of the River Tyne and an evening light display. All set against a soundtrack of specially-commissioned music. The event will culminate with its ‘Creating the Future’ weekend on the 8th-9th September and the world-famous Great North Run.

There’ll be no better family-friendly event to get involved with this year.


From 29th March until April 1st, Newcastle will host its first ever International Film Festival. The four-day event will showcase world premieres across a range of venues, as well as some classic favourites such as Night of the Living Dead and Get Carter. Filmmakers and actors will be recognised at a star-studded ceremony in the city centre, with The Victorems Awards. All genres and aspects of film will be heralded and the organisation will also be nurturing local silver screen talent through apprenticeships and scholarship programmes.

Keep your eyes peeled for announcements over the next few months. In the meantime, Multi-Pass tickets allow entry for six screenings across the weekend. Fabulous opening and closing ceremonies will take place and VIP tickets include arrival drinks and canapes, plus entrance to the official after party.


Lindisfarne Festival takes place on the highly Instagrammable Northumberland coast overlooking Holy Island – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Thanks to another year of successful crowdfunding, 30th August til 2nd September 2018 will welcome back this laid-back, small-festival favourite.

The setting is intimate, with only a 3,500 capacity, which just adds to the delight of this hidden gem. The four-day festival will see 100 artists perform across 8 stages. More than the music, there’ll be 7 marquee venues filled with regional food and market stalls, as well as activities such as comedy shows, meditation and laughing yoga. This is the ultimate end-of-summer party, so grab your ticket today and be part of something special.  


Every year, a completely free, late-night culture crawl takes place across a (hopefully) warm weekend around Newcastle and Gateshead. This year, the event is happening on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May. The Friday night action will be based in the Ouseburn area, with venues staying open between 7pm and 11pm. The Ouseburn Valley is a creative hub containing independent bookshops, a collection of studio spaces home to artists, agencies and designers, as well as the UK’s largest independent gallery.  

The main objective of The Late Shows is to encourage people to visit a cultural venue that they may not have visited before, so let us introduce you to a few…

  • The Mushroom Works is home to professional artists and crafters, as well as being a multi-use space that regularly holds workshops and classes.
  • The Biscuit Factory is a stunning space that prides itself on being the largest commercial art, craft & design gallery in the U.K. Their Good Food Guide endorsed restaurant, aptly named Artisan, serves up creatively presented plates of locally-sourced ingredients in a contemporary setting.
  • The Kiln is a unique workshop and kitchen that recently opened its doors in the Ouseburn. On the one side, a pottery and ceramics workshop and on the other, a Mediterranean bar and kitchen. Combine the two and you’ll be both creatively and nutritionally satiated.

The Late Shows, NewcastleThe Late Shows, Newcastle


Wylam Brewery is located in Exhibition Park. Overlooking the lake, this beautiful building is a 30-barrel micro-brewery, as well as a popular live music, wedding, Sunday lunch and pop-up event venue. One of which, being the Bathtub Sessions Gin Festival. In partnership with Fentimans, this two-day gin fest curates over 150 gins from the finest distillers as well as small batch independents.

You’ll be served by mixologists who can explain the history behind your sips, before you tuck into the scrummy delights on offer in the street food village. If gin’s not your thing, there’ll be a cracking selection of craft beers on offer – this is Wylam Brewery, after all! Tickets are available now and include a special gin glass to remind you of the event, even if you’re struggling to the morning after…


The 9th Gateshead Beer Festival will take place from 4th-6th May, promising a weekend filled with local beers, national ales, awesome live music and sumptuous festival snacks served up under a heated, covered food court. Their famous paella and Northumbrian pies will taste all the better alongside premium lagers and craft kegged beers. There are gin and whisky bars, as well as bottles of fizz for those who prefer their spirits. The event is hosted by Gateshead Rugby Club at their ground in Low Fell, roughly 10 minutes in a taxi from Euro Hostel Newcastle.


Brit award-winners Catfish and the Bottlemen will headline an open-air festival at Spiller’s Wharf on the Quayside, 25th May 2018. Joining them will be the Tyne and Wear born band Little Comets, distinctive 21-year-old songwriter and BBC Sound of 2018 artist Sam Fender and Manchester alt-pop band Everything Everything. Grab some craft beers before the gig at The Tyne Bar or simply take advantage of our cheap drink offers at The Ware Rooms with your festival group.


Each year, the picturesque Tynemouth Priory and Castle hosts the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, a family-friendly event that attracts around 100,000 visitors. This is the festival’s 14th year, having been headlined by the likes of Paul Weller, Elbow, The Script and Tom Odell. Along with a full programme of music, there’ll be free street entertainment, activities at Tynemouth Station, one-off shows at The Playhouse in Whitley Bay and BBC Introducing acts at The Surf Café – a real hidden gem for intimate, one-off gigs. The event will run from 5th-8th July 2018 and tickets for Paloma Faith on Thursday 5th are already sold out, so don’t leave it any longer to book your accommodation.

Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth and South ShieldsMouth of the Tyne Festival


After its first-year success following in the footsteps of Live at Leeds, Hit the North Festival returns to Newcastle this May. This is the city’s first Metropolitan music festival, which promotes local emerging talent as well as established artists. Last year’s line-up included Lethal Bizzle, The Hunna and DMA’s. Worcester-formed indie rock quarter, Peace have been announced as headlining ‘Meet the North’ on Saturday 5th May, a day to celebrate the best talent from the North of England. Keep an eye on their website, as Early Bird Tickets have sold out and more announcements are on the way!

Whichever festival tickles your fancy this year, book a room with Euro Hostel Newcastle for choice and comfort on a budget. The perfect base for a festival-filled summer.