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North East Live: JLS + The Wanted + Rita Ora + Little Mix + Lawson + Conor Maynard + Stooshe + Union J + Amelia Lily + More
Sunderland's Stadium of Light is set to host the North East's biggest ever pop show, as AEG Live brings a phenomenal summer music event to the region.
The family-friendly five-hour music extravaganza is designed to suit music fans of all ages, with JLS, The Wanted, Rita Ora, Little Mix, Lawson, Conor Maynard, Stooshe, Union J, Amelia Lily and more take to the stage in a one-off festival of music.
Doors open from 1pm with a funfair, fun family-friendly activities and music, with the main show commencing at 2pm.
JB, Aston, Marvin and Oritsé reached the final two of the X Factor back in 2008 - the first group ever to get that far on the show. Since then, their success has been nothing short of staggering, with sold-out arena and stadium tours, number one singles and multi-platinum albums. They have also won four MOBO Awards and two 2010 BRIT trophies to date. The group have decided to go their separate ways following their Greatest Hits Tour at the end of 2013, saying: "It has been the most incredible journey over the last 6 years and we have achieved more things than we could have ever dreamed possible."
JLS tour dates
One of 2010's biggest breakthroughs, the edgy-pop boy band based in London have already built up a huge fanbase. Their 2011 BRIT nominated debut single 'All Time Low' reached number one in the charts followed by their second song, 'Heart Vacancy', hitting number two. In March 2011, Jay, Max, Nathan, Siva and Tom released the official Comic Relief single for Red Nose Day, 'Gold Forever', which became their third top five single.
The Wanted tour dates
British-Albanian mezzo-soprano r'n'b queen Rita Ora has been around for a while, but came to full prominence in 2012 when she provided the vocals for DJ Fresh's 'Hot Right Now', which topped the UK singles chart. Rita followed this with her own string of no.1 singles; 'R.I.P', 'How We Do (Party)' and 'I Will Never Let You Down'.
Still keen on recording collaborations outside of her solo work, Rita has also teamed up with the likes of Charli XCX, Avicii and Iggy Azalea, amongst others. Outside of her music, Rita is a regular face for cosmetics and a former mentor and judge of TV talent show The Voice.
Rita Ora tour dates
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall became Little Mix in 2011. It seems almost a distant memory now that these girls won The X-Factor (and were the first ever group to do so, rather than a solo singer).
They have had four UK No.1 singles and four platinum albums, from the debut 'DNA' to 'Glory Days' and were presented with a plaque from their label in 2017 for total worldwide sales of 30 million. This makes them officially the biggest girl band since the Spice Girls. Aside from sales, they have also gained recognition, with a string of awards from MTV Europe, Choice, Glamour and 'Shout Out To My Ex' received a Brit for 'Best British Single'.
Little Mix tour dates
Lawson is Andy Brown, Adam Pitts, Joel Peat and Ryan Fletcher, a London-based band currently writing and recording with a big sound and big plans.
Lawson tour dates
From posting videos online whilst at school, Brighton singing sensation Conor was signed by Parlophone Records and won MTV's Brand New for 2012 award.
Conor Maynard tour dates
Karis, Courtney and Alex offer an infectiously catchy, very sweary and distinctly British brand of urban pop. An 'X-rated En Vogue" said The Guardian!
Stooshe tour dates
Union J originally consisting of members Jaymi, JJ, Josh & George were formed in 2012 on the TV phenomenon that is the X-Factor. After finishing up as semi finalists the 4 boys went on to have chart success with 4 top 10 UK Official Chart singles and their first album selling over 100,000 copies hitting the charts at #6 in 2013. In 2014 the boys released their most successful single to date ‘You Got It All’ which hit the charts at #2 sending the boys on a whirlwind sold out tour across the UK selling over 40,000 tickets!
In 2016 George Shelley and the band partied ways with the band officially announcing in The Sun the newest member, former Stereo Kicks member Casey Johnson. Expect to hear all your favourites plus new music from this new four piece as they go on to the next chapter of Union J.
Union J tour dates