Billy Ocean ready to make waves at South Tyneside Festival

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A free concert in South Tyneside will be sure to make waves this weekend

Soul superstar Billy Ocean, who stormed the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with hits including Love Really Hurts Without You, When The Going Gets Tough and Loverboy, is performing at Bents Park, in South Shields, on Sunday.

Jarrow singer Abi Garrido has signed an international management deal with artist management company RU:Listening.

Jarrow singer Abi Garrido has signed an international management deal with artist management company RU:Listening.

He will be joined for the open-air gig by renowned songstress Gwen Dickey, who also enjoyed international success as front woman for Rose Royce, singing top tracks such as Carwash, I Wanna Get Next To You and Wishing On A Star.

Both icons will be performing tracks from their extensive back catalogues, while X Factor star Abi Garrido, from Jarrow, adds a touch of modern talent to the afternoon line-up.

This will be the second in a series of four Sunday Concerts as part of the South Tyneside Festival 2015. Last week Atomic Kitten and 5ive taking to the stage.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The South Tyneside Festival Sunday Concert series was opened in style by 5ive and Atomic Kitten last week, and I am sure that Billy and Gwen will receive an equally warm reception on Sunday.

This will be a great homecoming performance by Abi.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council

“This will also be a great homecoming performance by Abi, who has appeared at the festival on several occasions and returns this year by popular demand.”

Other acts still to appear in the series, sponsored by Colmans, Dicksons and Port of Tyne, include Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling (July 26) and North East stars Joe McElderry, Collabro and Lola Saunders (August 2).

The Gazette wants to see your pictures from Sunday’s event. Email them to gazette.news@northeast-press.co.uk or Tweet them to @shieldsgazette using the hashtag #stynefest.

Gates open at 1pm, acts are due to start at approximately 2pm.