Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling coming back to South Shields for free concert

Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be on stage in South Shields this weekend.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be on stage in South Shields this weekend.

Thousands of music fans are set to head for South Shields this weekend as two British music acts make a return to the town.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling will both be performing in Bents Park for the second time on Sunday.

Both acts went down a storm at their previous appearances and I am sure the crowds will turn out in force for them again.

Coun Alan Kerr

The acts are part of the line-up for the third in a series of free concerts in the South Tyneside Festival.

Sophie, whose hits include Take Me Home, Murder on the Dancefloor and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), first appeared at the festival in 2011, with Brit Award-nominated rock band The Feeling performing the following year.

Both acts are returning by popular demand to perform hits from their extensive back catalogues, which for The Feeling includes top 20 singles Fill My Little World, Never Be Lonely and Love it When You Call.

They will be joined on stage by 18-year-old singer-songwriter Cortney Dixon, from South Shields.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “We are so excited that Sophie and The Feeling are returning to the South Tyneside Festival.

“Both acts went down a storm at their previous appearances and I am sure the crowds will turn out in force for them again, just as they have for 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Gwen Dickey, Billy Ocean and all the other stars who have appeared over the past two weeks.”

Gates for the concert open at 1pm and entry is free. Due to the huge popularity of the previous two Sunday concerts, people are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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The final free concert takes place on Sunday, August 2, with performances from North East stars Joe McElderry, Lola Saunders and Collabro. The gigs are organised by South Tyneside Council with support from event sponsors Port of Tyne, Dicksons and Colmans.

For more events, go to www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk