X Factor champ Matt Cardle next up at festival

COMING TO SHIELDS... Matt Cardle, above, will be joined by Sam Clark, inset, and Ryan O'Shaughnessy, below.
COMING TO SHIELDS... Matt Cardle, above, will be joined by Sam Clark, inset, and Ryan O'Shaughnessy, below.

FORMER X Factor champ Matt Cardle will be joined by two television favourites when he sings in South Tyneside on Sunday.

The 29-year-old, who followed in the footsteps of local lad Joe McElderry by winning the competition in 2010, will be playing Bents Park as the second of the South Tyneside Summer Festival concerts.

Sam Clark

Sam Clark

And he will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent singer-songwriter Ryan O’Shaughnessy and former Neighbours heartthrob Sam Clark for the free open-air gig.

Ryan, 19, shot to fame on ITV’s talent show – which was won by dog trick act Ashleigh & Pudsey – earlier this year and impressed judges, including Simon Cowell, to finish fifth in the contest.

He also had a spell on Ireland’s version of The Voice earlier this year, and is now set to embark on his solo career.

The Irish former music student signed a record deal with Sony in May, and will release his debut album in August.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Ryan will perform tracks from that album – including songs such as No Name and First Kiss, which impressed Cowell and co – at Bents Park.

Former Neighbours actor Sam, 24, has enjoyed a successful music career as a singer-songwriter in his native Australia since leaving the soap’s Ramsay Street.

He has also continued to act since playing teenager Ringo Brown in the Australian soap, and has recently finished filming on movie Mental, alongside Toni Collette and Liev Schreiber.

Sam will perform a variety of tracks from his new EP My Own Way at Bents Park, and offer a sneak preview of what is next for him musically.

Matt, Ryan and Sam will be joined for the free gig by South Tyneside Summer Festival’s house band Four Worried Men and South Shields singer Abi Garrido, who was recently crowned Young Performer of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Matt Cardle is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most talented performers.

“We are delighted that he will be joined on the Bents Park stage by such a stellar line-up of regional and international acts, many of whom haven’t previously performed in the North East on such a large scale.”

Gates for Sunday’s concert will open at 12.30pm and the first act will take to the stage at about 1.30pm.

Headliner Matt Cardle will be live from 2.30pm with Four Worried Men closing the show.

For more festival information, visit www.southtyneside.info/summerfestival, search for South Tyneside Events on Facebook or call 454 6612.

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