80s star Rick Astley to headline North East festival

RETRO ... 1980s stars Rick Astley, main picture and The Christians, inset, will be coming to South Tyneside.
RETRO ... 1980s stars Rick Astley, main picture and The Christians, inset, will be coming to South Tyneside.

AN eighties popstar won’t let South Tyneside’s festival lovers down this summer.

Rick Astley, who topped the charts with his debut single Never Gonna Give You Up in 1987, has been revealed as the latest act to play in this year’s South Tyneside Summer Festival.

The singer will be appearing at Bents Park in South Shields, on July 28 as part of the open-air Sunday concerts taking place in the town.

Rick, who is set to release a new album in 2013, will be performing songs from throughout his illustrious career, including top 10 hits Whenever You Need Somebody, Together Forever and When I Fall In Love.

Coun John Wood, Labour representative for the Beacon and Bents ward, thinks the gig will be a great boost for the town’s economy.

He said: “Who isn’t a fan of Rick Astley? I think it’s going to be a very popular gig and will get people heading to the seafront in their droves.

I think, considering the financial cutbacks, the council does a great job in attracting artists like Rick to the town.

“There’s not many events which get up to 20,000 people attending them for free. I think the town will benefit greatly from this.

“Let’s hope it’s a lovely sunny day”

Rick will be supported by soul band The Christians, who also achieved chart success in the 80s with hits such as Forgotten Town, Hooverville, Ideal World and Born Again. The free gig, organised by South Tyneside Council, is one of a series of events taking place during the South Tyneside Summer Festival 2013, which will offer live music and family-focused events from June until the end of August.

This will include a performance on July 21 by nineties band Toploader and The South – which consists of former members of the Beautiful South, Dave Hemingway, Alison Wheeler, Damon Butcher.

Plus, there’s one more top act still yet to be revealed.

For more information, visit www.southtyneside.info/summerfestival www.facebook.com/southtynesideevents or call 454 6612.