Music fans invited to rock out at Roman fort in South Shields

South Tyneside band Rivelino are headlining at the Rock the Fort night at Arbeia Roman Fort.
South Tyneside band Rivelino are headlining at the Rock the Fort night at Arbeia Roman Fort.

Music fans are being given the chance to party into the night Roman-style with the help of South Tyneside band Rivelino.

The seven-piece band have been lined up for Arbeia Roman Fort’s Rock the Romans festival.

No one goes home disappointed from a Rivelino gig

David Chambers

The event is one of a number of sessions organised by the historic venue in Baring Street, South Shields, taking place as part of Tunes in June.

The first will kick off on Sunday with a garage studio session featuring three performers from 1pm until 4pm.

It will be followed with a night of music fun with covers band Rivelino on Friday, June 12.

The popular band play hits throughout the ages from the 1950s to today. The gig starts at 7.30pm.

Band member David Chambers said: “We are crossing our fingers for good weather.

“We have a huge range of music genres from sing-along music, modern to old, 1950s to today’s chart hits – no one goes home disappointed from a Rivelino gig.”

Other band members include Graham Todd, Dave Reed, John Woods, Barry Pike, Neil Todd and Ray Snowdon.

Other events will be held on Friday, June 19, with a commemoration of the First World War through music and imagery.

Fool’s Gold – a North East-based acoustic duo who have performed all over the UK – will take to the stage to perform at 2.30pm.

Tunes in June will end with the annual Proms at Fort show on Sunday, June 28, 2pm until 4pm.

All events are free to enter, with the exception of the session on June 19, where there is a £4 entry fee.

Tickets can be bought from the museum shop or online by visiting

The Roman Fort was built around AD160 and once guarded the entrance to the River Tyne.

It is based four miles east of the end of Hadrian’s Wall and was originally built to house a garrison.

The venue hosts a number of family fun days where people can find out more about the Romans who once lived and worked in South Shields.

It also boasts a museum which houses artefacts excavated from the site.

Arbeia is the only Fort associated with Hadrian’s Wall where visitors can see archaeologists at work.

The fort is open Monday - Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm and Sundays 1pm- 4pm until September 30.

The fort can be contacted on 0191 277 1410.