Grey skies and a new suburban venue couldn’t dampen the spirits of punters, as Wickham Park played host to the city’s annual blockbuster weekend of live music.
Organiser of Live at the Foreshore, Brent Lean, said the new site at Wickham Park “worked perfectly” in spite of the wet weather.
“The rain hasn't kept the crowds away, with 5000 dedicated live music fans all up on their feet for every band.”
This That festival and Live at the Foreshore made their west end debut, after relocating from the foreshore due to construction of the Supercars race track.
Up to 12,000 revellers piled into the park on Saturday for This That, with the lineup featuring Tash Sultana, The Preatures and Alison Wonderland.
But it was electronic heavyweights The Presets that stole the show after sundown, attracting the largest crowd of the evening.
There was also a marked turnaround in spectator behaviour, after police put festival organisers on notice following last year’s event.
Newcastle City police Chief Inspector Gerard Lawson praised the actions of the crowds, despite more than two dozen arrests, mainly for drug possession.
He said a handful were likely to face charges.
“It was a well-run event that went smoothly and that’s because of all the preparation we do in the lead-up with the various stakeholders,” he said.