FIVE lucky Gazette readers were given the chance to go backstage at Sound Waves 2013 and meet their heroes.
We offered fans of McFly, Little Mix, Joe McElderry, Luminites and The Vamps the chance to meet their idols at Bents Park in Sea Road, South Shields, in a pre-gig competition.
And for our winners, it was the stuff dreams are made of.
Beth Tennet, 17, from Hebburn, met up with The Vamps.
She said: “Meeting them was so much better than I thought it would be.
“I’m definitely going to be bragging to all my mates.”
Beth Moody, 14, from Cleadon, was chosen to meet Luminites.
She said: “It was amazing, but a bit emotional as well. I’m a massive fan and they were my favourite on Britain’s Got Talent.”
Irene McCaffery, 71, from Hebburn, was given the chance to meet Joe.
She said: “I just love him. Meeting him was fabulous. I’ve been on a high ever since I got the phone call to say I’d won.
“I rang all my friends and family to tell them I’d won – I couldn’t believe it.”
Elly Main, 13, from Newcastle, won the chance to meet McFly.
She said: “It was amazing, it just meant everything to me.
“It was just a dream come true. I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough. It was the best day ever, and meeting McFly was so much more than I’d imagined.”
Sophie Pattinson, 10, from Cleadon Park, met up with the Little Mix girls.
She said: “It was really good.
“I love Little Mix, they’re my favourite group ever.
“I’m really happy I got to meet them.”