SOUTH TYNESIDE concert-goers will be Lost in Music this summer as disco icons Sister Sledge take to the stage in Bents Park.

The legendary singing sisters will headline the last event in this year’s Sunday Concerts series, held as part of the South Tyneside Festival on Sunday 30 July, 2017.

Formed at the height of the 1970s disco era, Sister Sledge was originally a four-piece group formed by sisters Debbie, Kim, Joni and Kathy Sledge.

Famed for hits like We Are Family, Frankie, He’s The Greatest Dancer and Lost in Music, the band have enjoyed platinum-selling albums and many of their tracks continue to be remixed today.

With a career spanning four decades, the sisters have racked up a staggering 15,000,000 record sales as well as more than 100 awards and commendations.

They have performed all over the world, from The White House in front of President Clinton, to the famous Pyramid stage at Glastonbury and even for Pope Francis in 2015.

After becoming a three-piece when Kathy left in 1989, the band were recently rocked by the death of Joni, the lead singer on several of their biggest hits, who passed away last month.

Now remaining members Debbie and Kim are set to honour and remember Joni as they hit the road this summer, with a busy tour schedule which includes the South Tyneside event.

“We are extremely excited to announce that we are coming to South Shields to headline the final Sunday Concert of this year’ South Tyneside Festival,” they said. “We have performed in the North East a few times over the years and we can’t wait to come back as the audiences are always wonderful.

“We are looking forward to getting the ‘family’ of South Tyneside Lost in Music at this fantastic open air concert.”

Sister Sledge will be joined by local act The Shakes, who appeared in last year’s final concert alongside UB40 and won rave reviews from fans. The five-piece covers band all hail from Jarrow, and have an exciting and eclectic set list which features everything from The Beatles and Tom Jones to Prince and The Killers.

As with all of this year’s Summer Concerts, there are a limited number of Priority Access Tickets available for fans who want to guarantee the chance to see their favourite acts.

These are priced at £5 each and include earlier admission and will ensure access on the day, but for everyone else the show will remain free as in previous years.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, believes the show will strike a chord with audiences of all ages.

“Sister Sledge are one of the most iconic bands from the last 40 years and I don’t think there is anyone of any age who won’t be familiar with their songs,” he said. “Young or old, people love their music and I think this will be a very popular concert.

“It’s great to have another iconic act on stage here at the South Tyneside Festival Sunday Concert series, and it’s also good news that The Shakes are coming back. They were a huge success last year and I imagine a lot of people will be looking forward to seeing them perform live again.”

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