Britain’s Got Talent champion Jamie Lambert is excited to be returning to a seaside venue for a free concert – but this time with his bandmates.
Collabro are part of the line-up for this Sunday’s South Tyneside Festival concert in Bents Park, South Shields.
The group, who won the ITV1 talent show last year, will be joined by South Shields X Factor winner Joe McElderry, and Lola Saunders, who made it to the live finals of the show last year.
The Gazette’s Young Performer of the Year, 16-year-old Eve Simpson, from South Shields, completes the North East Stars line-up.
Jamie, 25, from Washington, said: “ It’s going to be great. I’ve performed at the festival before, in 2010. I supported Gareth Gates, but I was on my own so it’ll be great to go back with the band.
“I loved it last time and it’s going to be even bigger this year, I’ve heard there’s been some big crowds going along so far.
It’s been a crazy year for us so it’ll be so nice to be able to come back home and do a gig and the lads are excited to come to South Shields.Jamie Lambert
“I’ve been telling the lads that it’ll be an amazing crowd, just like it was when we played in Newcastle last year – it was electric.
“I think everyone will be really excited and it’s a very special gig for me because all my family and friends will be there.”
Since winning Britain’s Got Talent, Collabro have had No1 and No2 albums and a sell-out UK tour.
They’ve already announced a second tour for next year.
Jamie added: “I know Joe well and I was the judge in a talent contest that Lola entered. I picked her as the winner so it’s going to be so nice to share the stage with them both. We’re going to be doing songs from both our albums and we might even have a few surprises, but we’ll have to see.
“It’s been a crazy year for us so it’ll be so nice to be able to come back home and do a gig and the lads are excited to come to South Shields.”
Gates open at 1pm. Entry is free.