NORTH EAST music fans will be living the Life of Riley this summer, thanks to the latest addition at a popular festival.

Rock band the Lightning Seeds, known for hit songs such as Pure, Lucky You and Sugar Coated Iceberg, have been announced as headlining a free concert at South Shields’ Bents Park on 21 July.

The show is the second of the popular Sunday concert series, which takes place as part of the South Tyneside Festival, organised by South Tyneside Council.

Initially formed as a solo project by lead singer, Ian Broudie, the Lightning Seeds expanded into a band after the success of the album Jollification and went on to produce a number of hit records including the platinum album, Dizzy Heights.

Ian Broudie is also well known for producing and performing the popular single Three Lions with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, which was released to mark England hosting the 1996 European Championships and sold more than one million copies, hitting the number one spot three times.

This will be the second time the band performs at the South Tyneside Festival, having previously played at the concert series in 2011.

“We had a great time when we last played at the festival and we’re really looking forward to heading back to South Shields in July,” said Ian, who is currently working on new music for the band.

“The North East crowds never disappoint and performing outdoors gives the show a brilliant atmosphere.”

The concerts are free to attend but fans looking to secure a prime viewing spot can purchase a Priority Plus ticket, priced at £6.

Only a limited number are available and tickets must be purchased in advance, which allows fans earlier access to the park and access to a dedicated bar area and toilets.

Councillor Ken Stephenson, Mayor of South Tyneside is delighted the Lightning Seeds are returning to South Shields.

“The Lightning Seeds are incredible performers and I expect they will draw another big crowd when they perform at Bents Park,” said Councillor Stephenson.

“They are joining a fantastic line-up of acts over the course of the series and it is going to be a great summer in South Tyneside.”

This year’s Sunday concerts are supported by BBC Newcastle 95.4FM and sponsored by Port of Tyne, Colmans Seafood Temple, South Tyneside College and The Sea Hotel.

Organisers recently announced that Marti Pellow, Midge Ure and Nick Heyward, and Gabrielle will headline the concerts on 14, 28 July and 4 August.

Tickets for the shows are available to buy now from Ticketmaster at or by calling 0844 844 0444.

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

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