‘North East has the best crowds’ – JLS pleased Sunderland was one of their last gigs

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POP superstars JLS were getting ready to go on stage and headline North East Live when they stopped to chat for two minutes back stage.

“We are pleased to be doing one of our last gigs here,” said singer Aston Merrygold, 25.

“We always get distracted by the crowds here.

“They are some of the loudest audiences – and some of the best looking girls.”

The band who, formed in 2008, took to the Stadium of Light stage to perform some of their chart topping hits including Beat Again, and Everybody in Love.

“Every time we come up to the North East it goes off,” said JB Gill, 26..

“We are expecting the same today.

“It’s been a crazy crazy line-up so we are really excited to he headlining.”

The band, who will kick off their Farewell tour in December after announcing they are to split in April, took the time to meet some of their fans before heading on stage.

Oritsé Williams, 26, said: “It’s always important to us to meet the fans before we go out.

“It’s great to be here on this special night.”

The band, who have released five albums including the platinum selling Outta This World in 2010, praised the other acts at North East Live, and gave the event their seal of approval.

“We caught a couple of songs from The Wanted boys,” said Marvin Humes, 28, who is married to The Saturday’s singer Rochelle Humes who has just given birth to their first baby, daughter Alaia-Mai, in April.

“It’s a great show tonight - the line-up is fantastic.”

Aston, who thrilled the crowd with one of his famed back-flips on Saturday night, said: “The love up we get up here is unbelievable, so for us to be here for North East live is very, very special.”

JLS, whose name – for those who don’t know – means Jack the Lad Swing, also made the announcement on stage that North East Live will return to the Stadium of Light next year.