A ROCKER who gives his audience the chance to shine is combining his two loves at a sell-out festival.
Dan Richardson, 30, and his band Rockaoke will be performing BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans’ Car Fest alongside headliners Razorlight in August.
The event will see Dan, who hit the headlines when he wore a Sunderland shirt as he set up for a show at Alan Shearer’s 40th birthday bash, combine his two life-long loves – classic cars and rock music.
The event, which sold out within days, features Chris Evans showcasing his private collection of Ferraris in the hope of raising thousands of pounds for Children in Need.
Dan, of Cleadon, said: “During the bank holiday festival, the public have the opportunity to bid for a drive in one of Chris’s Ferraris.
“I’m tempted to blow all my fee and buy as many tickets as I can afford.”
Rockaoke’s act has proved popular across the country and two years ago they shot to fame when they hit the road with DJ Chris Moyles to tour the country.
The act is billed as working without a front singer, instead they invite members of the audience on to the stage to join them for their three minutes of fame.
Dan, who was influenced by his dad Ron who was a washboard player in a skiffle band, made his first public appearance at the age of eight, when he joined the All Saints Church choir, in Cleadon village.
The former Argyle House School pupil went on to Shiney Row College before studying rock music at Sheffield University.
Dan, who now lives in Wimbledon, said: “These days it’s all planes, suitcases and hotel rooms but there’s no better night out than the North East on a busy Saturday night.
“I miss it all.”
THE success of Chris Evans’ Car Fest event has led to him launching a similar event up north.
Details have not been released, but he is hoping to put on the show in September.
For more details on the family-friendly event, visit www.carfest.org
For more information on Rockaoke, visit www.rockaoke.com