Pop heartthrobs Union J are guaranteed a Beatlemania-style welcome at Sheffield City Hall on Monday (Dec 16, 2013).
They brought Meadowhall to a virtual standstill when they popped in last month for a book signing and to headline the Christmas Lights Switch On Concert.
Fifteen thousand people snapped up tickets for that brief appearance.
But the X Factor boys – Jaymi Hensley, Joshua Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and George Shelley – return to the city to perform their first ever UK headline tour, Magazines and TV Screens, at the City Hall.
And the reception will be deafening from an army of new, mainly teenage girl fans, who can’t get enough of the new fab four.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our exclusive chat with Union J.
They finished fourth on The X Factor last year but like other runner-up bands – including One Direction and JLS – their rise has been meteoric.
They are celebrating a top 10 self-titled album, on top of two smash hit singles, Carry You and Beautiful Life, following a cameo in Hollywood summer hit movie, Kick Ass 2.
They also have their own merchandise including dolls, fragrances, stationery, and jewellery, most of it available at Claire’s Accessories, and they have a double-book deal with Penguin.
Now comes their first headline tour, as they aim for the top of the charts with forthcoming uptempo dance single Loving You Is Easy, penned by R&B heavyweight Jason Derulo, out on December 29.
In an exclusive chat with The Star, filmed during their lights switch on appearance at Meadowhall – see it here online at thestar.co.uk – they admit they are excited at the prospects of 2014 and say they can’t wait to perform their new album live, on the third night of a 20 date tour, in Sheffield.
Jaymi, aged 24, said: “We’re looking forward to playing at Sheffield City Hall. It’s our own gig, which is amazing. It’s really nice that this is one of the first gigs we will be going out and singing songs off our new album.
“We can’t wait.
“The new single is about how it sometimes feels like you’re never going to meet the right person, but when you do it’s the greatest feeling in the world. Jason Derulo is such an inspiration to us and we’re so pleased to record this single and are looking forward to writing new material with him once we come off tour.”
He said they are looking forward to a rest over the festive period. He said: “Speaking for everyone, we are looking forward to having some downtime with our families.
“Christmas is about spending time with your families. We are on the road a lot. We don’t get to see them as much as we would like to. So at Christmas it will be phones off, locked away.”
George, 20, added: “Yes, for four days – and then we are back on tour.
“We’ve some big things planned for next year – possibly performing in other countries, including Europe.
Joshua, 21, said: “We’re excited about 2014 – we’ve got the tour this month and after that,we don’t know what’s in store.
“It’s been hard work this year but hopefully we’ll continue to be successful next year.
In a direct message to fans – see the video at thestar.co.uk/video – George added: “We just want to say a massive thank you to all our fans, for all you’ve done for us in the past year, during X Factor and since then.
“We’ve got a lot planned for you and we hope you’re going to like it.”
JJ, 25, made a heart shape as he blew fans a kiss and said: “We love you so, so much.
“To get a second album out would be incredible. Hopefully that will happen.”
Tour support is RCA’s latest signing, 18-year-old Elyar Fox, whose debut single, Do It All Over Again, is out on January 12.
* Tickets for Union J’s Sheffield concert are £27.50 and £22.50, subject to booking fees. Buy in person, call 0114 2 789789 or visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.
Please note due to extra support acts, the first support will now be on stage at 7.10pm. The show will approximately finish at 10.15pm. All show times are subject to change.