YOUNG people from across Wearside are being given the chance to enjoy a night out with the X Factor thanks to a new company.
Nee Bubble Gumm Parties offers club nights specifically for under 18s and will launch its first event, Outbreak, in Sunderland on Thursday, April 28.
The inaugural night, at The Point nightclub, Holmeside, will feature a live performance from X Factor finalist Rachel Adedeji, as well as a spot from one of the club’s resident DJs.
Rachel, who was a finalist in the sixth series of the X Factor in 2009, will be performing her debut single Follow the DJ, as well as signing autographs and posing for pictures with the audience.
The party will be the first in a series of Nee Bubble Gumm events to be held across the North East, all of which are exclusively for young people aged 12-17.
Organisers have said they are taking great care to ensure the safety of revellers and will also be providing a separate VIP lounge for parents who wish to stay.
Nee Bubble Gumm Parties is the brainchild of 19-year-old entrepreneur Earl Gill, who found there was a lack of activities for young people in the North East when he was growing up and set out to create a company to tackle the issue.
Earl said: “This event will be the first of many designed to give the young people of the North East a chance to socialise in a safe and reliable environment.”
“We want everyone who attends to have an authentic clubbing experience but, given their age, we will be employing extra security who are all CRB checked to maximise on their safety and ensure they all have a fantastic night.
“I wish there was something like this available when I was growing up.”
A slice of the proceeds from this and all future Nee Bubble Gumm Parties events will be donated to North East charity Hope4Kidz, which supports children with illness or disability across the North East.
Funds will also be put towards The Den Appeal at Sunderland Royal Hospital, which aims to raise £10,000 to convert a room at the hospital for the use of teenagers including specially-designed murals, a large screen TV, music system and state-of-the-art games.
Tickets for Outbreak at the Point are available in advance from Richard Wallace Travel, Holmeside, on 514 2222, priced at £5 each or at £6 on the door.
For more information call Hope4Kidz on 5347788, Nee Bubble Gumm on 07851 346844, or search for Nee Bubble Gumm on Facebook and Twitter.