Sister Sledge announced as final act for this year’s South Tyneside Festival

Sister Sledge
Sister Sledge

Get Lost in Music when disco icons Sister Sledge take to the stage in Bents Park this summer.

It’s been announced today that the legendary singing sisters will headline the last event in this year’s Sunday Concerts series, on July 30, as part of the South Tyneside Festival.

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.

There will be 5,000 priority tickets available for each concert, with 19,000 free places.