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Q Festival


Quench your thirst for Summer with fun Summer days and long, hot Summer nights. Join us for the very first Q Festival from Friday 14 July - Sunday 6 August 2017.

A beautiful 1920s feel Spielgeltent on Baltic Square will play host to a vibrant and eclectic cultural programme of day time activities and evening events for adults, children, businesses and families. We will also have an indoor and outdoor bar, a lush beer garden for those long Summer days and nights, foodie pop-ups serving yummy street food and entertainment in the square.

Q festival is an exciting new collaboration between Gateshead Council and Jesterval Comedy Festival.  Jesterval was established in 2011 and over the past six years the festival has attracted performances from some of the UK’s most high-profile comics including Jason Manford, Patrick Monahan, Jason Cook, Chris Ramsey, Tom Stade, Luisa Omielan, Ed Byrne and Marcus Brigstocke. 2017 will be Jesterval’s fifth year on Baltic Square, continuing to be a huge success with audiences and becoming a highlight of the North East’s event calendar.

In addition to Jesterval’s 45 comedy events, Q Festival will present a cracking cultural programme over 24 days. The festival will include daytime activities such as summer holiday children’s workshops from the likes of Artventurers; a baby rave from Chalk and performance from The StoryTeller.

Summer evening events will be fuelled by a bar for adults; immersive cinema with Screenage Kicks; a Jumpin’ Hot Club gig; a Gin Festival weekender with Steampunk gin; adult crafting evenings and The Culture Vulture will be running an 80s disco so you can get your funk on!

Head to for information on the full programme.

Q Festival Programme at a glance:

Monday 17 July: Blogging: create your own opportunities

Tuesday 18 July: GemArts Masala Festival (Family) and Ceilidh on the Quay (adults)

Wednesday 19 July: Spiegel Storytime (Family) and Drink, Draw, Jammin' and Paint (adults)

Thursday 20 July: Felt Flower Brooch workshop (adults) and Patchwork Lavender Bag workshop (adults)

Friday 21 - Saturday 22 July: Steampunk Gin Festival 2017

Sunday 23 July: Meet Me at the Spiegel

Monday 24 July: Meet Me at the Spiegel and TedTalks Monday

Tuesday 25 July: Culture Camp: Street dancing Grooves and B-boy Moves (Family) and Glitz and Glamour: Getting ready for a party!

Wednesday 26 July: Hustle and Bustle (Family) and Drag Me to Love

Thursday 27 July: Screenage KIDS: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Adults)

Friday 28 July: Screenage KIDS: Dumbo (Family)

Saturday 29 July: Jesterval Street Circus at Trinity Square (Family)

Monday 31 July: Jittabugs' Move and Groove (Family) and Grass Roots Yoga (Family)

Tuesday 1 August: Artventurers Colourful Carnival (Family) and Jumpin' Hot Club Presents: Q Festival

Wednesday 2 August: All at Sea on Gateshead Quay (Family) and The Big 90s Pop Culture Quiz

Thursday 3 August: Toddle to the Spiegel (Family) and The Craftily Unfinished and Disposable Treasures: Paper Crafting

Friday 4 August: Speigel Storytime (Family) and Game on! (Family) and 80s Social Club

Saturday 5 August: Chalk present The Breakfast Club Coffee Rave (Family) and Meet me at the Spiegel and Q Fest Closing Party

Sun 6 August: Carruthers & Kent Summer Wine Fair at the Q Festival

Tickets are on sale for Jesterval NOW at

Guide Prices

Free to access the Spielgeltent. Additional cost for certain events.



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