LUCKY music fans will get the chance to cosy up to their favourite acts this summer.
The Gazette is offering three concert-goers the chance to go backstage at the South Tyneside Summer Festival.
The winners, along with a friend, will have the chance to meet concert headliners Liberty X, Toploader and Rick Astley.
Big Reunion stars Liberty X replaced Blue as the headline act on July 14.
The band – which includes Newcastle-born Michelle Heaton – exploded on to the music scene in 2001 after appearing on ITV’s Popstars show.
They went on to have 10 consecutive top 20 hits, including Brit Award-winning Just A Little.
They’ll share the bill with fellow Big Reunion stars The Honeyz.
The show will also feature South Shields singer Abi Garrido and pop band The Waiters, who were named Young Performers of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Dancing in the Moonlight singers Toploader are set to take the stage on July 21.
The band will share the bill with The South – made up of former members of The Beautiful South.
Toploader formed in 1997 and notched up six top 20 hits between 2000 and 2002, the biggest of which was Dancing In The Moonlight, reaching No19 first time round then number No7 eight months later.
Eighties popstar Rick Astley will head the last of the three concerts on July 28.
The singer, who topped the charts with his debut single Never Gonna Give You Up in 1987, will be performing songs from throughout his illustrious career, including top 10 hits Whenever You Need Somebody, Together Forever and When I Fall In Love.
Rick will be supported by soul band The Christians, who also achieved chart success in the 80s with hits such as Forgotten Town, Hooverville, Ideal World and Born Again.
If you’re heading to the gigs this summer, remember to tweet us your pictures, videos and mini-reviews at #gazgigs.
Gazette editor Joy Yates said: “We’re delighted to offer our readers the opportunity to meet some of the stars who are coming to our town.
“As always, we’re expecting these meet and greets to be very popular so we’re urging everyone interested to make sure they enter the competition.”
“We’ll be there covering the gigs, so make sure you keep up with all the latest news on our website and in the paper.”
We’ll pick one winner to meet each of the acts in Bents Park this summer.
To be in with a chance for you and a friend to meet your idols, all you need to do is tell us why we should pick you.
Tell us which act you’d like to meet and why.
Either e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to Vicki Newman, Meet and Greets, Shields Gazette, Northeast Press, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.
n For more information about the Summer Festival events, which are organised by South Tyneside Council, visit www.southtyneside.info/summerfestival www.facebook.com/southtynesideevents or call 454 6612.