The Waiters hope to serve up a good time at headline gig

PROVING POPULAR ... The Waiters playing this year's South Tyneside Summer Festival at Bents Park.
PROVING POPULAR ... The Waiters playing this year's South Tyneside Summer Festival at Bents Park.

A SOUTH Tyneside band are hoping to serve up a good time at their headline gig.

The Waiters are getting ready to take to the stage at the Customs House, in South Shields, later this month.

The band, who were crowned Young Performers of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2013, will be performing on Saturday, August 16.

They’ll be joined on stage by solo singers Chelsea Wood and Stevie Tennett and fellow band Eliza Smiles.

The band – made up of Dan Johnson, Adam Tait, Rhys Chambers and Martin King – say they can’t wait to put on the concert.

It’ll be one of their biggest gigs yet. The band played to thousands of people this year as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival, when they supported X Factor champ Shayne Ward and Irish girlband B*Witched, at one of three free Sunday concerts.

The group also performed at the festival, which is held in Bents Park, South Shields, last year, as part of their Young Performers of the Year prize. They supported pop group Liberty X.

Singer and guitarist Dan, 21, from South Shields, said: “It’s going to be great. This is our third headline gig, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“The last two have sold out so we decided to move to a bigger venue, and we’re really pleased to be playing at the Customs House.

“We got a really good reaction when we played Bents Park again this year, so it’ll great to see some of those people come along to the gig. We’ve got our friends and family who come along all the time, but we’re starting to get people who we don’t know just coming along for the music now, and that’s great.

“We’ll be playing all of our usual stuff, but just bigger and better – and we’ve been working on some new songs too.”

The band have recently been spending time in the recording studio with producer Stuart Epps, who has worked with the likes of Elton John and Oasis in the past, as well as sound engineer Shaun Lowe.

They’ve been recording an EP at Prism Studios, in Stoke.

Dan added: “We’ve recorded two original songs and we’re hoping to record two more at a studio a little closer to home.

“We’re going to be releasing The Party Song as a single later this year too and we’ve just been to Birmingham to record a video for it in a big manor house with True Fam studios.

“We’ve got a few songs written, but haven’t decided which ones we want to record for the EP yet.

“It was great spending time in the studio though.

“It was hard work and long days, but it was really fun, and it was great to work with people who really know what they’re doing and have worked with some really big acts before.”

Tickets for the 7.45pm gig at the Customs House cost £5. To book, go to or call the box office on 454 1234.

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