The Top 10 Events In Newcastle upon Tyne This Summer

Summer is on the horizon guys and gals, and if you’re living in Newcastle upon Tyne you’ll be blown away by the wealth of events that are taking place for 2023. 

From music festivals to outdoor cinemas to Pride Festival to theatre productions, this vibrant North East city has a whole host of events for you to get involved with. 

You can get together with your friends and make this year one to remember. Thankfully with our guide of the top 10 summer events it won’t be too hard to plan your calendar! 

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1. The Late Shows 

Are you wanting to head to one of the biggest annual events in Newcastle upon Tyne? Well, The Late Shows are a must. 

The Late Shows is a free late-night culture crawl which aims to encourage people to visit a cultural hub they may not have been before. 

This year, the event will be taking place on Friday 19th May and Saturday 20th May.

With over 40 venues taking part for a programme of heritage tours, exhibitions, craft activities, demonstrations, performances, parties and more! 

There’s a variety of things to get involved with across the city, and admission is free so make sure to head on down with your friends to see what it’s all about. 

For a full line-up and map of the venues taking part, head to the official website.



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When: 19-20th May

Where: Multiple venues 

2. Northern Pride 2023 

The biggest celebration of LGBTQIA+ culture in the North East, Northern Pride, returns to Newcastle this July and it’s not one to miss out on. 

Northern Pride 2023 is set to be celebrated in Town Moor with multiple events taking place across the 22nd and 23rd July. 

You can get involved with the iconic march on the streets of Newcastle, head to the community village and festival arena, watch the world-class entertainment, get a taste of the food and drink on offer and most of all celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies!

The Community Village is free to enter for both days of this colourful festival, whilst the Festival Arena is ticketed, beginning at £6. 

Having taken place in the city since 2007, Northern Pride promotes diversity, inclusivity, and equality for the LGBTQIA+ community and is a must for your summer calendar. 



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When: 22nd-23rd July 

Where: The Town Moor 

3. LooseFest 

The North East’s leading music festival, LooseFest, is returning for 2023 to Newcastle’s inner-city green space the Town Moor. 

Taking place across two days in August, LooseFest will feature five unique stages with over 80 stellar artists, including Joel Corry, Patrick Topping, Sean Paul, Artful Dodger, Sigala, Horse Meat Disco and many more. 

This huge summer festival will also have a funfair and food village with plenty of bars and street food vendors. 

You’re sure to discover Newcastle like never before when attending this music festival so, be sure to get your ticket sorted! 



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When: 5-6th August

Where: The Town Moor 

4. Tonight Belongs To Us! 

Another big feature on the summer events calendar in Newcastle is Tonight Belongs To Us!

If you love musicals then this theatre production is definitely one to get involved with.

Featuring classic West End and Broadway numbers brought to life on the big stage, with fabulous dancing, singing and costumes. 

This exciting summer show will be held at Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Saturday 22nd of July at 7pm, and what a night it’s set to be. 

Tickets start at just £18 so get planning with your besties and book your seats now! 


When: 22nd July 

Where: Tyne Theatre & Opera House

5. Noughty 90s Festival 

When it comes to unmissable summer events in Newcastle, the Noughty 90s Festival has to be up there. 

This ultimate throwback festival will take place in Leazes Park on Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August with performances from the biggest 00’s and 90’s artists across 4 stages. 

Not only is there set to be iconic music to dance and sing along to, there’s also funfair rides, a 90’s arcade, retro bars, an RnB Roller Disco, street food and much more. 

Are you wanting to attend this 90s fest? Make sure to book tickets with your friends as you can save money with a group saver ticket. 

Roll on August Bank Holiday Weekend, it’s going to be a good one! 


When: 26th-27th August 

Where: Leazes Park

6. Newcastle Mela 

Newcastle Mela is one of the most popular multi-cultural events in the North East, and the best part is, it’s free! 

For over 25 years this vibrant event based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures has been taking place in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, with 2023 set to be another great year. 

During the August Bank Holiday weekend, you can experience the varying music, food and entertainment from different cultures and learn more. 

There will also be world class music, games for you to get involved with as well as stalls to purchase food, drink, clothing, arts and crafts along with tons more. 


When: 25th-26th August 

Where: Exhibition Park 

7. Radio Ga Ga

Calling all Queen fans, Radio Ga Ga is an absolute must-do for your summer calendar. 

On the 7th July, Radio Ga Ga will be taking over the Tyne Theatre & Opera House with a celebration of one of the biggest bands of all time. 

You can expect to sing your heart out to all the classics from Don’t Stop Me Now to I Want to Break Free to Somebody to Love to We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Tickets start at £30, so book yours now for a night celebrating one of the most iconic British bands! 


When: 7th July 

Where: Tyne Theatre & Opera House

8. 90s Silent Disco in Newcastle Cathedral

Did someone say a 90s Silent Disco? They sure did, and it’s at the historic Newcastle Cathedral! 

From 8pm until 11pm on Friday 21st July, you can groove along to some of the UK’s best 90s DJs playing all your favourite tunes in the grounds of Newcastle Cathedral. 

You and your friends can select between 3 different channels of tunes from Whitney, TLC, Spice Girls, Britney and Cher along with more, and show off your best dance moves!

Be part of a night like no other by booking your ticket now, prices start at £23. 


When: 21st July 

Where: Newcastle Cathedral 

9. NE1 Screen On The Green 

The iconic Screen on the Green is returning for summer 2023, and we don’t know about you, but we cannot wait! 

Whilst the schedule for this large outdoor screen in Newcastle’s Old Eldon Square is yet to be released, it is expected to be a fun-filled schedule of cult classics, rom-coms, Hollywood titles and live sport throughout the summer months. 

Fingers crossed the sun is shining down for your movie night, you can get together with your friends, grab your favourite snacks and enjoy everything this open-air cinema has to offer. 

Keep your eyes peeled on the official website to discover the film schedule.



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When: Across summer 

Where: Old Eldon Square 

10. Release The Pressure 

Concluding our post to the top summer events in Newcastle is Release The Pressure. 

On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, NOVA Radio is taking over the infamous independent music venue, The Globe, for a night of House, Tech House and Disco beats. 

From 11pm until 3am you can get your dancing shoes on with a drink in hand and make unforgettable memories with your mates with two rooms of tunes to get the party started. 

Tickets are just £5 so make sure to get yours before they’re all gone! 

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When: 17th-18th June 

Where: The Globe 

As you’ve discovered, there’s plenty to do over summer in Newcastle upon Tyne with events to suit everyone, no matter what your taste! 

What events are you attending for the summer holiday? Let us know @universalstudentliving.

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