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Music Editorial

nickheywood19.jpg Your summer. Sorted.

The South Tyneside Festival is back again this summer and, yes, one of the highlights will once again be the free Sunday afternoon shows at Bents Park.

Some of the best concerts I’ve seen in recent years have been at these brilliant free events (that Billy Ocean gig – oh man!) and this year the organisers have once again pulled out the stops. Kicking off proceedings will be Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow, who has went on to become a leading musical theatre star (Sunday 14 July). Next up is one of the leading singles bands of the 1990s The Lightning Seeds who will be getting all their biggies out including ‘Lucky You’, ‘Pure’ and ‘Sugar Coated Iceberg’. They will be supported by multi-platinum dance act Phats and Small (Sunday 21 July). There’s another double-bill of note with Midge Ure and Nick Heywood (Sunday 28 July). Ure is best known as frontman with Ultravox while Heywood fronted Haircut One Hundred (pictured - what face scrub does he use? He looks no different now than he did in the 1980s). Finally Gabrielle will be doing her thing (Sunday 4 August). She is best known for hits such as ‘Dreams’ and is bound to provoke a mass sing-a-long. All the acts will be supported by top local bands, details of which are available from the website, below.

Sunday Concerts at Bents Park, South Shields, 12pm-5pm, free. Priority tickets are available at £6 which guarantee early access to the park and dedicated bar and toilets. https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/58682/South-Tyneside-Festival