South Shields band The Waiters are aiming to serve up a feast for the ears at their next big gig.
The four-piece band – made up of Dan Johnson, Martin King, Adam Tait and Jack Errington – are playing a headline gig at the O2 Academy 2, in Newcastle, on Saturday, September 5.
Guitarist and singer Dan, 22, said: “We’re really excited about it. It’s the first time we’ve headlined at the Academy and the first time we’ve played there in ages, so we can’t wait.
“It’s going to be totally different for us and our fans because we’ve been working on loads of new material that we’ll be playing live for the first time.
“We’re hopefully going to be uploading some stuff to our YouTube page before the gig.
“This is probably going to be the best paid-for gig we’ve done, and we’re really excited that so many people are coming down.”
The boys recently performed to thousands of people in Bents Park, South Shields, at the South Tyneside Festival.
They performed alongside ’90s pop acts 5ive and Atomic Kitten during their third live stint at the venue as their legions of fans waved banners and donned masks of their faces.
Dan said: “This year in Bents Park was crazy. Someone made about 200 masks of our faces so we were looking out into the crowd and seeing ourselves – it was crazy but really cool.
“There were loads of people waiting around the back to meet us afterwards too.”
The day after the gig, the pop/rock band went on tour, playing in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London, as well as at Northern Pride, in Newcastle.
They also won a contest to play at the Metro Radio Arena, in Newcastle, alongside acts like Ed Sheeran and Nicole Scherzinger at last year’s Metro Radio Christmas Live.
Dan added: “We’ve got a week in Thorpe Park coming up playing at Island Beats, an eight-week event where people like The Vamps and Little Mix are playing too.
“We’ve been working in the studio on our new songs and we’re getting things together ready to send off to record labels. Our management have a lot planned for us.”
Doors for the gig open at 6.30pm. North-East acts Annabel Pattinson and Channy Thompson are supporting.
Tickets cost £8. To book, go to www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk or call 0844 477 2000.