The first act to headline the much loved free concerts in South Shields over the summer has been revealed.

The popular Sunday outdoor concerts series return to Bents Park in July, as part of the South Tyneside Festival, organised by South Tyneside Council.

And Marti Pellow, former lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, will be delighting crowds at the first of the free concerts in South Shields this year, which takes place on 14 July.

Celebrated for his role in the group, one of the most successful in UK pop history, as well as his solo career, Marti Pellow has enjoyed worldwide fame.

As well as creating chart-topping, multi-platinum albums, he holds the record for the longest number one in UK chart history and for one of the UK’s biggest selling songs of all time.

The award-winning singer-songwriter has also found success as a musical theatre star, starring in hit productions in the West End and on Broadway.

“I always love performing in the North East and I’m delighted to be opening the first of the Sunday concerts at the South Tyneside Festival this year,” said Marti.

“Outdoor concerts have a great atmosphere and it’s sure to be a fantastic summer event.”

The free concerts in South Shields are free to attend but anyone hoping to secure a prime viewing spot can purchase a Priority Plus Ticket, which must be purchased in advance.

Priced at £6, these will allow fans earlier entry to the park and access to a dedicated bar area and toilets, with only a limited number available.

Councillor Ken Stephenson, Mayor of South Tyneside, is confident that this year’s concerts will be some of the best yet.

“We are really excited to have Marti Pellow heading to Bents Park this summer and I’m sure he will be a very popular choice with music fans in the North East,” said Councillor Stephenson.

“The Sunday concerts are always a highlight of the festival and I can’t think of anyone better to kick them off this year.”

This year’s Sunday concerts are supported by BBC Newcastle 95.4FM and sponsored by Port of Tyne, Colmans Seafood Temple, South Tyneside College and The Sea Hotel.

Tickets for the first show are available to buy now from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/southtynesidefestival

They can also be purchased in person at Shop @ The Word in Market Place, South Shields.

For more information and full listings visit: www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk or follow the social media accounts on Twitter @stynesideevents and Facebook /southtynesideevents.

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