THE North East came alive when some of the biggest names in music descended on Wearside.
Ten world class music acts took to the stage at the Stadium of Light on Sunday to wow just under 35,000 music fans with a smorgasbord of chart topping hits.
Neon Jungle thrilled with a raucous performance of their breakthrough single Welcome to the Jungle.
The four-piece girl band created a festival atmosphere during a 20 minute set which sampled electric beat tracks from forthcoming album Welcome to the Jungle.
Singer Jess Plummer, said: “It was amazing.
“This was the first ever stadium gig we have done and we didn’t realise until we were out on the stage what it would be like.
“The reception was great and we had a lot of fun.”
Union J, who performed at the first North East Live event, returned for the second family friendly affair.
The band, who sang tracks including top 10 single Carry You, said they were glad to be back.
“When you do a stadium you just get such a different buzz and the crowd were epic today,” singer Jaymi Hensley said.
“Last year we didn’t know what to expect.
“This year doing Union J stuff from the album, the fans know the album, and it’s a completely different year.”
Pint sized dub step star Katy B belted out a pick ‘n’ mix of tracks from new album Little Red and first album Katy On A Mission for the receptive audience.
The Vamps also returned to Wearside for the second time.
The band kept the energy level high with a selection of Top 10 hits including first single Can We Dance and current single Somebody to You.
They said the crowds were “amazing.”
The Saturdays also returned to the Stadium of Light for a second time, having previously supported Take That at the venue.
Singer Una Foden, said: “We were here a few years ago and we had such a good time, all the fans are brilliant and sing along with the words.
“We always say the further north we go, the louder the crowds.
“We’ll be back in the region for our Greatest Hits tour.”
The audience was jumping when Rizzle Kicks burst onto the stage to excite fans with songs including Mamma Do The Hump and Skip to the Good Bit.
Their performance once again raised the energy level to pave the way for an impressive, polished performance from international R ‘n’ B star Jason Derulo.
The 23-year-old sent the crowd wild with famous hits including Ridin’ Solo and Talk Dirty and dance moves performed with a troupe of skilled dancers.
And his order to “put your hands up Sunderland” was welcomed by excited onlookers.
Derulo, who gave one of the only outdoor performances of his Tattoos tour at the Stadium of Light, also put on one of the most risqué shows.
The singer, who broke his spine in 2012, peeled his top off for the appreciative crowd.
Headline act Jessie J rounded off the evening with the loudest performance.
The singer unusually shared the set with her band and backing dancers, inviting them to join in and sing Who You Are with her, before also involving the audience.
The varied set culminated with early material including the popular Do It Like A Dude and current single Wild.
Jessie wrapped up the evening with appreciative cheers from the packed crowd who hung around right till the end to see the pop sensation .
The “amazing” North East Live can be once again be hailed a success.