Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Biggest and Best for Region; North East Live Proved a Big Success at the Stadium of Light at the Weekend. Young Reviewer JOSH MCLEAN Was There to See the Cream of Today's Pop Acts

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Biggest and Best for Region; North East Live Proved a Big Success at the Stadium of Light at the Weekend. Young Reviewer JOSH MCLEAN Was There to See the Cream of Today's Pop Acts

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Byline: JOSH MCLEAN

THOUSANDS of screaming fans queued to get inside the Stadium of Light to attend the biggest festival in the region, North East Live.

Opening the day was 2012 X Factor winner James Arthur. Fresh from his victory with over a million copies sold of his debut single under his belt, the soulful singer was welcomed by the mass audiences.

He apologised for being a 'Smoggy' between tracks that he performed on the show with material from his new album.

Next on stage were indie-pop band The Vamps, who got the crowd jumping with guitar-led tracks.

Teesside singer Amelia Lily then took centre stage, declaring she was happy to be back performing in the North East and filling the stadium with her powerful vocals as she covered an acoustic version of Paramore's Still Into You and her debut release, You Bring Me Joy.

X Factor hopefuls Union J took to the stage to sing a range of covers that showed a promising start to their careers.

Grateful for all the support received during their time on the show, they thanked fans for the continued support and told them of their upcoming UK tour.

Girl trio Stooshe took to the stage in their individual way that screamed sassiness and attitude. Pitch perfect harmonies filled the Stadium as they carried out tight choreography singing Black Heart and Love Me.

YouTube sensation Connor Maynard soon had the crowd dancing along with his material as the audience waved their arms in sync with the beat.

He showed off his vocals on an acoustic version of Don't You Worry Child before mashing into Daft Punk's Get Lucky and quickly reviving the crowd.

Boy band Lawson were up next, greeting the thousands of fans and being one of the few bands on the bill to still play their own instruments.

That musical ability was matched by a confidence that some of the earlier acts haven't obtained yet. …

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