Jessie J caps off Sunderland’s North East Live

Jessie J at North East Live
Jessie J at North East Live
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SOME of the charts’ biggest hitters put in a winning performance at the Stadium of Light.

Just under 35,000 excited teens and families flocked to the home of the Black Cats for the second North East Live.

It capped off this year’s summer of concerts with a pick ‘n’ mix of up-beat pop.

Despite Jessie J being the headline act, it was American R’n’B singer Jason Derulo who scored a hat-trick of talent, spectacle and energy at the stadium.

With a troupe of world class in tow, he brought the glitz and glamour you expect from artists who hail from across the pond to Wearside.

Gleaming gold high-tops showed off his nifty footwork as he and his dancers back-flipped, body-popped and hand-standed their way through hits including Talk Dirty, The Other Side, Trumpets and latest release Wiggle.

Jessie J brought her usual level of vocal Olympics with her huge range which she showed off with hits Domino, Laserlight, Wild and more.

She broke up the set to address the crowd and encourage them to “be themselves” as she belted out Nobody’s Perfect. It was a little saccharine and her more lively records, including Do It Like A Dude and Price Tag, seemed to make more of an impact with the crowd who certainly got their money’s worth with her hour set.

Earlier in the day, energy levels soared for hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks who performed to a sea of out-stretched arms moving perfectly in time to the beat.

Mama Do the Hump and Skip To The Good Bit were highlights of the gig which provided pop fans with nine hours of hit after hit.

For The Saturdays it was a return to the Stadium of Light pitch after they supported Take That here in 2009.

Ahead of the release of their Greatest Hits album later this year, they performed Ego, Up and Higher amongst other tracks.

Speaking to the Echo, Una Foden said: “We were here a few years ago and we had such a good time, all the fans are brilliant and sing along with the words. We always say the further north we go, the louder the crowds.”

Vanessa White said: “We’ll be back in the region for our Greatest Hits tour. We start rehearsals in August for a whole month. There’ll be lots of costume changes and full on routines. People can expect a big party.”

Union J have also become North East Live regulars after performing at the inaugural concert last year.

They were presented with personalised kits from the club.

Band member Josh Cuthbert said:”I wear my SAFC shirt from last year when I play five-a-side.”

He added: “I’m a massive Chelsea fan. But I think Gus Poyet is doing a great job here.”

Neon Jungle, who had a hit with Braveheart, said they were excited to be playing to such a large crowd.

“There was so much energy,” said Jesse Plummer. “This was the first time we’ve played a stadium, but it was great to see kids on their dad’s shoulders, singing along.”