Aston Merrygold of JLS on pre-show nerves, supporting Arsenal and coming to Sunderland for North East Live

Aston Merrygold of JLS meets fans during a visit to Capital FM Studios, Leeds. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Aston Merrygold of JLS meets fans during a visit to Capital FM Studios, Leeds. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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It could be one of the last stadium gigs they do before they go separate ways. And will almost certainly be the last time you see them live in Sunderland.

There’s much excitement amongst pop fans about JLS’ headline performance at North East Live later this month.

The four piece, who announced in April they will split after their next album and tour, will cap off a day of live music at the Stadium of Light which will see performances from Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, The Wanted, Little Mix, James Arthur and more.

I caught up with one quarter of the chart-topping band for a question and answer session about their forthcoming Wearside appearance.

Aston Merrygold from the band says they’re just as excited about heading to the region as their fans.

Are you looking forward to North East Live?

“Yes. There’s something in the water in the North East because every time we come up there it’s always so loud and exciting.”

What do you think of North East crowds?

“One of the loudest. Let’s just leave it at that. Plus, there’s always so many good looking people, hashtag just saying.”

You’ll be playing at the home of SAFC, which teams do you support, if any?

“I am an Arsenal man myself. Gooner through and through.”

What can fans expect from your set?

“They can expect us at our best and we are so excited for this performance.”

You’ve managed to shake off the X Factor tag, why do you think this is, when others have failed to do so?

“To be honest, I’m not sure. People have just forgotten that we were on the show all those years ago, which is a credit to our whole team for making us what we are today.

“That’s not to say we have forgotten that the show gave us that amazing boost into people’s lives.”

What are your favourite tracks to perform?

“For me my favourite track is Hottest Girl In The World or She Makes Me Wanna, as it’s always exciting and the crowd are always so vocal.”

Do you still get nervous about performing live?

“We are always nervous just before stepping on to the stage as we are only human, but they are exciting nerves instead of scared nerves.”

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in JLS?

“Right now I would be on my holidays and getting ready for pre-season training ... basically playing football.”

•JLS will be performing at North East Live on June 22, at the Stadium of Light. Tickets, priced from £25, are still available and can be purchased online at www.aeglive.co.uk or by calling 0871 230 1097 or 0844 477 5775.