South Tyneside Festival’s Sunday concerts get underway with a cracker from Atomic Kitten and 5ive

South Tyneside Summer Festival Sunday Concert featuring Hometown, Lily Brooke, The Waiters, 5ive and Atomic Kitten, at the Bents Park, South Shields, 12th July 2015
South Tyneside Summer Festival Sunday Concert featuring Hometown, Lily Brooke, The Waiters, 5ive and Atomic Kitten, at the Bents Park, South Shields, 12th July 2015
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Headliners Atomic Kitten helped kick off this summer’s South Tyneside Festival with the first in a series of four Sunday concerts.

The girls were joined in Bents Park, South Shields, by 90s boy band 5ive and South Shields band The Waiters.

South Tyneside Summer Festival Sunday Concert featuring Hometown, Lily Brooke, The Waiters, 5ive and Atomic Kitten, at the Bents Park, South Shields, 12th July 2015

South Tyneside Summer Festival Sunday Concert featuring Hometown, Lily Brooke, The Waiters, 5ive and Atomic Kitten, at the Bents Park, South Shields, 12th July 2015

Last year’s South Tyneside Young Performer of the year Lily Brooke and Irish boyband Hometown also got a slice of the action.

The excited crowd watched as Sean, Ritchie and Scott of 5ive rattled off classic hits including Slam Dunk, When the Lights Go Out and Everybody Get Up.

Speaking to the Gazette before their stage appearance Ritchie called South Shields “a beautiful place” and joked that they planned to take up a Vegas-style residency in the town “like Britney Spears”.

The band were joined briefly on stage by Scott’s twin baby daughters, much to the crowd’s delight,while the kittens also brought along an assortment of offspring who were seen running around backstage and making most of the sunshine.

South Shields is great, we always love coming here

Natasha Hamilton

Atomic Kitten had everyone singing along to well-known hits including, Ladies’ Night, Eternal Flame and The Tide is High.

Kerry Katona, Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton finished with their biggest-selling single Whole Again.

Kerry told the Gazette she had and Natasha had arrived in South Tyneside on Saturday and they had gone out for a meal and taken their children to the cinema.

“South Shields is great, we always love coming here,” Natasha added.

Next Sunday will see 80s legend Billy Ocean and up and coming Jarrow singer Abi Garrido take to the same stage, while Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling will perform on July 26.

South Tyneside’s own stars Joe McElderry, Collabro and Lola Saunders, will all share the stage on August 2.