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20th February 2020 Angela Upex

Ella Henderson and Will Young are headliners for the South Tyneside Festival 2020

MULTI-AWARD winning singer Will Young and chart-topper Ella Henderson will entertain crowds at a free North East show this summer.

The Sunday concert series returns to South Shields’ Bents Park in July, as part of the South Tyneside Festival, organised by South Tyneside Council.

Will Young, known for singles such as Leave Right Now, Jealousy and You and I, has been revealed as the headliner of the second show on Sunday 19 July.

Ella Henderson will take to the stage at South Shields’ Bents Park on 12 July. Last year Ella released her first solo music in five years with the EP Glorious, along with the collaborations We Got Love with Sigala and This Is Real with Jax Jones – which became her fourth UK top 10 single.

Will Young became a household name in 2002 after winning tv talent show Pop Idol and has spent much of the last two decades at the forefront of pop, with two Brit Award wins and seven best-selling albums.

Along with a smash hit podcast and a successful acting career both on screen and on the stage, his most recent release Lexicon is his first album with an independent label – which has given him a new sense of creative freedom and independence.

Will said: “I’ve heard great things about the South Tyneside Festival and I’m really looking forward to entertaining the crowd in July.

“Performing at summer festivals is great fun and there’s always an incredible atmosphere at outdoor concerts.”

Ella is delighted to kick off the Sunday concert series this year: “I’m so excited to be heading to the North East later this year and I’m really looking forward to opening the Bents Park shows,” said Ella. “It’s always fun to play outdoors in the summer and it’s sure to be a fantastic afternoon in the park”.

Mayor of South Tyneside, Cllr Norman Dick, said: “Ella Henderson is an amazing artist and I think she’s a fantastic choice to headline the first of the concert series.

“Will Young is a hugely celebrated artist and an excellent choice for the second Bents Park show. He has an amazing catalogue of songs, from both his early career and his later albums, and I think he’ll be very popular with music fans.  The Sunday concerts are always a hugely anticipated part of the South Tyneside Festival and we are looking forward to sharing our plans for the rest of the summer in the coming weeks.”

Last year Ella released her first solo music in five years with the EP Glorious, along with the collaborations We Got Love with Sigala and This Is Real with Jax Jones

The concerts are free to attend but a limited number of Priority Plus tickets are also available for £6, which guarantees earlier entry to the event and access to dedicated bar serveries and toilets. Those with a ticket will still have guaranteed entry if they arrive later and children under five can enter for free with a Priority Plus ticket holder.

The Sunday concert series is supported by BBC Radio Newcastle and sponsored by Port of Tyne, Colmans Seafood Temple, Ramside Hall Hotel and South Tyneside College.

Tickets for the first show are available to buy now from Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.co.uk/southtynesidefestival or by calling 0333 321 9999. They can also be purchased in person at the shop at The Word in Market Place, South Shields.

The Sunday concerts are part of a three-month family-friendly programme of entertainment, including the Summer Parade, various live music performances and the popular Kids Fun-Fest. For more information and full listings visit: southtynesidefestival.co.uk or follow the social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.


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