Hartlepool singer headlines leading Newcastle music venue

Former The Voice contestant Nick Dixon.
Former The Voice contestant Nick Dixon.

A singer who twice appeared on television talent show The Voice has secured a headline date at a leading regional venue.

Nick Dixon, 21, from Seaton Carew, impressed famous judges Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue when he appeared on the BBC programme in both 2013 and 2014.

While he failed to advance in either series, he was told not to give up by Jones and has heeded the It’s Not Unusual singer’s advice by combining his love of music with his studies.

Fans can now watch him at the 02 Academy, in Westgate Road, Newcastle, on Thursday, November 9, from 7.30pm.

Explaining how the gig came about, Nick said: “I made contacts through my appearances on The Voice and it was the Academy who contacted me to say they had a spare date and did I want to perform.

“Naturally, I said yes because it’s a great honour to play there.”

Guitarist Nick, who describes current singing stars Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes as influences, describes his music as “electro pop”.

November’s show will be on familiar territory as he has previously supported 1980s band Hue and Cry and rapping duo Bars and Melody there.

Nick was still at Hartlepool Sixth Form College when he appeared on The Voice after previously attending the town’s Fens Primary School and Manor College of Technology.

He has just received a II.i BA honours degree in music from Leeds Beckett University and is about to begin a masters degree in instrumental and vocal teaching at York University.

Tickets costing £5 are available from Monday via the Academy, www.ticketmaster.co.uk or from www.nickdixonmusic.com.