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Pop stars thrill music fans at North East live gig in Sunderland

A flock of pop stars descended on the Stadium of Light in Sunderland for this year's North East live gig

Fans enjoying Union J at North East Live 2014
Fans enjoying Union J at North East Live 2014

The country’s biggest stars descended on the North East for a weekend of pop, sparkles and swing.

Robbie Williams and singer Jessie J played two separate gigs on Sunday that attracted thousands of fans from across the region.

While Mr Williams played a solo show at the Metro Radio Arena - his first in 14 years - pop star Jessie J headlined North East Live at Sunderland’s Stadium of Life.

Before a sea of screaming fans in Newcastle, part-time member of Take That Robbie launched confidently into his current world tour, Swings Both Ways, which was booked in support of his 10th album of the same name.


With sweeping staircases, a big band and a tap dancing troupe, his old-style glamour theme is a change from his more recent performances, although he has dabbled in the swing genre before with 2001’s Swing When You’re Winning album.

With thousands of women, and a handful of men, queuing round the block to get into the arena, it’s clear Mr Williams has lost absolutely none of his appeal.

In Sunderland, super-songstress Jessie J thrilled the packed out stadium by opening with her new single Notorious and then launching into favourite It’s My Party.

Despite a minor wardrobe malfunction that saw the star get caught up in her opening outfit’s jacket, she returned defiantly in a leather bikini and the rest of the set went without a glitch.

Earlier in the day, teen sensation Austin Mahone opened the show and then boyband Rixton and former X Factor contestants Union J played sets that thrilled the crowds.

The Vamps played tracks from their debut album Meet The Vamps, including their brand new single Somebody To You.

British girl group The Saturdays danced their way through their biggest hits and duo Rizzle Kicks and Jason Derulo warmed up perfectly for Jessie J.


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