HOMECOMING hero Joe McElderry told the Gazette how excited he was to be playing Sound Waves 2013 in South Shields.
The gig, in Bents Park, Sea Road, welcomed headliners McFly and Little Mix, the girl-group which stars South Shields singers Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall.
But many of the fans were there to see Joe, whose last appearance at the same venue was watched by a record-breaking crowd in 2011.
The 22-year-old from Westoe, returned last night to play a string of crowd pleasers, including Wide Awake, Ambitions, a cover of Get Lucky, and Don’t Stop Believing.
Before he went on stage, he said: “It’s really exciting and I can’t wait to get on stage. The crowd sound incredible.
“I think it’s really nice to be here with Jade and Perrie as well. It’s kind of all come full circle for us all, and it’s nice – there’s a really lovely atmosphere backstage.
“It’s great that we’ve got a festival like this in South Tyneside.
“We’ve got the free concerts, but to have a big festival like this is brilliant.”