Music fans flock to South Shields for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling

Sophie Ellis-Bextor on stage.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor on stage.

The threat of rain didn’t put people off from a free seaside concert today.

More than 14,000 music fans flocked to Bents Park in South Shields to see Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Feeling and town singer Cortney Dixon.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor on stage.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor on stage.

The gig was the third South Tyneside Festival concert at the Sea Road park organised by South Tyneside Council.

Before hitting the stage, 18-year-old Cortney, from Chichester, said she was nervous and excited for her Bents Park debut.

The talented singer and guitarist said: “It’s class to share the stage with Sophie because I really like her stuff.

“It’s always nice to share the stage with some really big people.”

It feels lovely to come back. I’ve been reminiscing about it, it’s nice to come back to a venue and all the memories come back and it was a really lovely day last time.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

She performed four original tracks including Queen of Hearts and Losing Heart.

Sophie returned to the park having first performed at the festival in 2011.

Her husband, Richard Jones, is The Feeling’s bassist and also plays in her band.

She said: “It feels lovely to come back. I’ve been reminiscing about it, it’s nice to come back to a venue and all the memories come back and it was a really lovely day last time.

Cortney Dixon on stage.

Cortney Dixon on stage.

“It was a really good experience last time so I’m very happy to be back. I love it when I can see the sea as well, it just makes me feel good.”

Sophie performed tracks from her latest album Wanderlust including Young Blood and Love Is A Camera as well as old favourites Take Me Home, Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) and Murder On The Dance Floor.

Headliners The Feeling treated the crowd to favourites like Never Be Lonely, Fill My Little World and Love It When You Call.

They too returned to the park after first performing in 2012.

Cortney Dixon on stage.

Cortney Dixon on stage.

Frontman Dan Gillespie-Sells said before their set: “I remember it being a stand out gig so I’m looking forward to it today.

“I love outdoor gigs, you’re playing to a field full of people all having fun and singing along – there’s nothing like it.”

14,000 people enjoyed today's Bents Park gig.

14,000 people enjoyed today's Bents Park gig.

The Feeling on stage.

The Feeling on stage.

The Feeling on stage.

The Feeling on stage.