Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pop Star Jessie Set to Bowl Them over with Wedding. Gig

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pop Star Jessie Set to Bowl Them over with Wedding. Gig

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IT'S not everyone who can claim to have Jessie J play at their wedding.

But that's just what is going to happen for a lucky North East couple this weekend.

The pop superstar has even hinted she might perform for the bride and groom's first dance after they tie the knot on Saturday.

Sam Slater and Chris Taylor are to have their wedding reception at Durham County Cricket Club in Chester-le-Street on the same night Jessie will be playing a headline slot as part of the venue's Durham Summer Nights programme.

And the singer will make sure she pops in to say hello.

"I can't wait to be part of Sam and Chris's big day," Jessie told The Chronicle.

"It's going to be a really special gig and I am very excited about performing. Bring on the first dance!" Sam and Chris were stunned when they found out about the concert.

Childminder Sam said: "We've had our wedding booked there for a year and a half.

"About two months ago they phoned us and asked us to go in. We thought 'What's gone wrong now?'.

"First my hairdresser fell down and broke his back, then the church we had booked we couldn't have any more, the cars we wanted we couldn't have any more. Everything was going wrong.

"When they got us in they said another department had booked the concert and it's the same day as the wedding.

"We weren't very happy about it at first, but when we found out it was Jessie J we perked up a bit. In fact, we were ecstatic.

"When the evening guests come, we have a massive balcony overlooking the stage so they will see the whole concert. It finishes at 10pm so we have a disco booked later.

"I'm having to wait until 10pm to do my first dance."

Sam's partner Chris, a factory worker from Stanley, celebrated his 26th birthday this week - on the very day they learned they were going to meet Jessie.

About 15,000 people are expected at Saturday's gig, but Sam and Chris had to keep quiet for a long time about Jessie being the star name at the evening's concert. …

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