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3 Bandstand, The Sage Gateshead - Raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, 3 BandStand united the North East and UK's finest performers.

3 Bandstand, The Sage Gateshead - Raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, 3 BandStand united the North East and UK's finest performers.

After hosting similar events in London, the charity brought its concert to the region to fund specialist UK teenage cancer units.

Northumberland comedian Ross Noble kicked off the evening with his trademark stream of random, but irresistibly funny, jokes. Calling The Sage "the poshest shed on earth," Noble jumped around keeping the audience laughing and the hecklers in their place.

Tenor Sean Ruane kept the atmosphere buzzing with Nessun Dorma, while Newcastle singer/guitarist Billy Mitchell made them even happier with a selection of traditional Geordie songs.

After Mitchell finished to rapturous applause, comedian Ava Vidal arrived. Serving up razor sharp jokes, Vidal had the audience giggling and squirming in equal measures.

To bring the first half to a close, Jools Holland took to his piano. As the audience clapped along to his blues standards, he indulged in a spot of audience participation, inviting everyone to sing along. Following jaw-dropping support from his drummer, he ended his set to cheers.

The second half opened with a special performer, former TCT patient Melissa Cavanagh.

With her stunning vocals, Melissa wowed the audience into silence with her moving performance.

After Tim Healy made a surprise addition to Billy Mitchell's band, comedian Stewart Lee had everyone smiling with his dry performance, the perfect precursor to Paul Weller's arrival.

Walking on stage to a standing ovation, Weller delivered perfect vocals.

Finishing off with a stunning performance of Wild Wood, Weller left the audience in awe as he wrapped up an immaculate set.

Taking to the stage with Billy Mitchell and his band, Jill Halfpenny's interpretation of The Way You Look Tonight went down well.

After teaming up with Billy for It Takes Two, she left the stage to strong applause, making way for Johnny Vegas.

The man arrived with a watch stuck to his face and served up a crazy set of rambling jokes.

As his set overran, Ross Noble ran on with a beer can stuck to a microphone stand, tempting Vegas offstage before the finale, much to the audience's delight.

Everyone stood up as the performers then united onstage.

The finale ended the evening on an even bigger high, proof that the concert was a magical gig that kept everyone overawed and entertained.


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