VIDEO: Back stage with Union J at Sunderland’s North East Live

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​TEEN heartthrobs Union J said it was “amazing” to return to the Stadium of Light.

The former X Factor contestants returned to Sunderland for a second year to perform at North East Live, exciting crowds with a pick ‘n’ mix of tracks from their debut album Union J.

Union J on stage at the North East Live event.

Union J on stage at the North East Live event.

The foursome, who completed the band when George Shelley joined in 2012, said being back in the Black Cats’ home was “better than Wembley.”

Singer Jaymi Hensley, said: “When you do a stadium you just get such a different buzz and the crowd were epic today.

“It was really good this year.

“Last year we didn’t know what to expect and this year doing the full Union J stuff from the album and the fans know the album it’s a completely different year.

Union J on stage at the North East Live event.

Union J on stage at the North East Live event.

“This year to be here again is amazing.”

The band, who were presented with Sunderland AFC shirts at last year’s event were given new tops to sport today, and said they would be sure to put them to good use.

Singer Josh Cuthbert, said: “I wear my shirt from last year when I play five-a-side football.”

He added: “I’m a massive Chelsea fan. But I think Gus Poyet has done a great job.”

The band also had praise for some of the other performers, saying that four-piece girl band Neon Jungle, who took to the stage before them, “looked hot.”

They also said they enjoyed seeing penultimate headliner, R ‘n’ B star Jason Derulo, in the corridors of the Stadium of Light.

Derulo wrote Loving You is Easy for the band for their first album.

The band left Wearside shortly after their performance.

Josh said: “We have got online content filming to do and we are shooting the video.

“We do a lot of stuff the fans don’t get to see so that is why we do behind the scenes stuff for fans.”