A TRIO of X Factor stars is heading to the North East this summer for the third in this year’s South Tyneside Festival Summer Concerts series.

Louisa Johnson, Jedward and 5 After Midnight will play at Bents Park, South Shields on Sunday 23 July.

The X Factor favourites will be joined by local act South Tyneside Samba Drum Club as they take to the stage for the open air concert this summer, with fans now able to guarantee their spot in the crowd by purchasing a Priority Access Ticket in advance.

A limited number of tickets costing £5 each are available to buy now and will ensure access on the day, but for everyone else the show will remain free as in previous years.

Headlining on the day will be 2015 winner Louisa Johnson. The singer became the youngest ever winner of the show when she was just 17 and her debut single, a cover of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young entered the chart at number nine.

Currently in high demand thanks to the success of her latest single Best Behaviour, Louisa enjoyed her first big hit last year when she appeared on Clean Bandit’s track Tears.

She released her first solo track, So Good, last October and her debut album is due out this summer. The singer says she is looking forward to appearing at Bents Park.

“I’m very excited to be playing at South Tyneside Festival this July,” she said.

“This will be my first visit to South Shields and I’ve heard great things about the North East audiences, so here’s to giving them a day to remember. See you soon South Shields!”

Joining her on the day will be Jedward – aka John and Edward Grimes – who shot to fame in the show back in 2009, finishing sixth before going on to become household names.

The identical twin brothers reached number two in the UK Singles chart with their debut release Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) and can boast three number one singles and three number one albums in their native Ireland.

Most recently, they won over the nation as they returned to Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother in January for the second time, where they finished second to Coleen Nolan.

Boyband 5 After Midnight burst onto the scene last autumn when they appeared on the latest series of the hit TV show. The trio – Kieran Alleyne, Nathan Lewis and Jordan Lee – finished third overall but were quickly snapped up by Simon Cowell who signed them to his Syco record label earlier this year.

“We are super excited to play the South Tyneside Festival,” they said. “It’s our first time performing at the event so make sure to be there, it’s going to be an incredible day.”

The X Factor stars will be supported by local youngsters from the South Tyneside Samba Drum Club, which meets during school term time and is open to children from across the South Tyneside.

The initiative teaches young people percussion skills using instruments like the djembe and samba as well as the traditional drum kit, and gives them the opportunity to perform in public at events like the Summer Concert series.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, is looking forward to welcoming the X-Factor stars: “It is fantastic to have another three very popular acts coming to South Shields this year,” he said.

“We have had X Factor artists appear here before and the shows are always incredibly popular, so I imagine this one will be no different. I think we are set for a brilliant day with these three acts and I envisage we will reach capacity very quickly.”

The Sunday Concert series, sponsored by Port of Tyne, Colmans Seafood Temple, Town Centre Automobiles and Little Haven Hotel, is one of the most popular elements in the annual South Tyneside Festival and regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors from across the region and further afield.

Priority Access Tickets for this show are available to buy now from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/southtynesidefestival or by calling 0844 844 0444.

They can also be purchased over the counter at Shop @ The Word in Market Place, South Shields.

For more information and full listings visit: www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk

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