X FACTOR star James Arthur has been added to the line up of North East Live, which is set to be the biggest pop show ever staged in the region.

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host the event and the Middlesbrough-born star will join a fantastic bill of acts already confirmed for the show, including JLS, The Wanted, Rita Ora, Lawson, Conor Maynard, Stooshe and Union J.

The confirmation of James Arthur completes a trio of acts with a regional flavour, with Amelia Lily and Little Mix also set to star.

Speaking about the forthcoming show James said: “I'm really looking forward to North East Live, playing to such a big home crowd will be amazing!”

The Middlesbrough born singer-songwriter won the ninth series of The X factor in 2012. His debut single ‘Impossible’ was released after the final and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in December 2012.

In its first week of release it went onto sell over a million copies. It has also become the fastest-selling ‘The X Factor winner's single’ so far, reaching 255,000 downloads within 48 hours and over 490,000 by the end of its first week on sale.

The family-friendly five-hour music extravaganza takes place on Saturday 22 June. Tickets are on sale now, priced from just £25.


Prices: £25, £30, £35, £40, £50 (Black Cats Bar) and £65 (Golden Circle)

Available From: www.aeglive.co.uk, www.axs.com, 08448 24 48 24, www.seetickets.com, 0871 230 1097, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, 0844 477 5775 and the Stadium of Light ticket office.

Reserved seats are priced at £25, £30 and £40, unreserved seats and pitch standing £35, Golden Circle (close to stage) £65, Black Cats Bar (with padded seat and bar access) £50.

A maximum of eight tickets per person can be purchased and a booking fee per ticket is applicable; this does not apply to cash sales however.

Youngsters under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 for the show. No babies in arms are permitted for safety reasons.

Disabled patrons should call 0191 551 5004 or email ticket.office@safc.com to purchase tickets for the wheelchair platform.

Hospitality packages, which include a concert ticket, are available from just £95 plus VA, with a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Please contact 0871 911 1555 or email nelive@safc.com  to make a booking or more information.