A South Tyneside songstress is gearing up for her first headline gig.
Singer-songwriter Annabel Pattinson will be taking to the stage at the O2 Academy 2, in Newcastle, next month.
The 21-year-old, from Hebburn, will perform originals and cover songs alongside a live band on Saturday, December 19.
The gig will complete a successful year for the singer after performances at North East venues and events including Bonbar, the launch of Chez Mal and Newcastle Pride.
Annabel said: “I’m really excited for this gig. When I was younger, I would go to the O2 Academy to watch my favourite bands and now I’m actually headlining it.
“It’s an amazing opportunity, I still can’t believe it.” The singer has already played at the venue supporting South Shields band, The Waiters, back in October.
She added: “It was great to play with The Waiters. The crowd were so excited and the atmosphere was great.
“It just made me even more excited to headline my own show.”
The acoustic singer and guitarist has gigged across the country since the age of 15 as a solo performer, and has only recently expanded her opportunities by playing with a full band. She said: “Playing with a band is new to me – I am used to standing on a stage with just a microphone and a guitar.
“It is a nice change to have people to perform with.”
I’m really excited for this gig. When I was younger, I would go to the O2 Academy to watch my favourite bands and now I’m actually headlining it.Annabel Pattinson
Annabel will be supported on the night by Gateshead’s Geoff Mull, who appeared on The X Factor in 2014, and another special guest still to be confirmed.
Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets cost £9.05. To book, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle