JLS could make Sunderland festival their last gig

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COULD North East Live be the first and last time JLS play Wearside?

The former X Factor boy band. who headline the Stadium of Light pop fest on June 22, have announced that they are splitting up after five years together.

In a statement on their official website they thanked their fans.

“We wanted to make sure that you heard it from the four of us, that we have decided to bring our time as a band to an end,” the statement said.

The band also said they would put together a final album, Goodbye; The Greatest Hits, with a new single to coincide with a farewell tour.

They added: “Goodbye; The Greatest Hits Tour will be the last time that we will perform together as a four and we want to make sure that this tour is the best ever and that we end on a high.

“We want to look at this final year as a celebration of all that we have achieved together. We hope you can look back and remember all the great moments that you have been responsible for JLS

“We will always remain brothers and friends and we will always be your boys.

“Thanks to all of you guys, your support, your dedication and you have changed our lives forever. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you.”

Gary Hutchinson, commercial director at Sunderland AFC, said: “Whilst I’m sure today’s announcement is a sad one for JLS’s army of fans, we are delighted to be able to give them the opportunity to see the band for one last time at North East Live.”

JLS first appeared on The X Factor in 2008 finishing second to Alexandra Burke and are made up of Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes, J.B. Gill and Aston Merrygold.

In their time together they have had five number one singles and released four studio albums.

The group’s debut album is the third biggest-selling X Factor debut ever behind Leona Lewis and One Direction.