Top music acts are heading for Sheffield for a big summer pop party.
City radio station Hallam FM is holding a Summer Live show at the Motorpoint Arena in Attercliffe – featuring a who’s who of pop stars.
Acts already confirmed for the show include Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon and Brit award winner Taoi Cruz, as well as former JLS star Aston Merrygold, The Wanted singer Nathan Sykes and rapper Dappy.
Alesha said: “I have been dying to get back on stage, so I can’t wait to join you guys.”
And Hallam FM breakfast show presenter John ‘Big John’ Harrison said: “Everyone at Hallam FM was absolutely overwhelmed with last year’s Summer Live.
“Anyone who was lucky enough to get tickets was till buzzing about it for weeks afterwards. So we are doing it all again.
“This July, we are going to blow the roof off the arena with an amazing night of memories and, to top it all, it’s the night the youngsters break up for the summer holiday.
“I can’t think of anyone I would rather spend the evening with than our brilliant friends throughout South Yorkshire.
“I hope you can join us – and let’s show Alesha that South Yorkshire’s got talent.”
Other acts performing include Lawson, featuring Chesterfield’s own Ryan Fletcher on bass, and The X Factor stars Stereo Kicks.
Chris Leonard, one of the eight men and boys which make up the Stereo Kicks, admits he cannot wait for the show.
The band were formed on the ITV singing talent show last year.
All eight auditioned as solo artists, but were formed into a band by the show judges, eventually finishing fifth in the contest.
Chris says the band took a month off after the show, before taking part in The X Factor Live tour and then their own sell-out headline tour – all without releasing a song.
Their debut single, Love Me So, is out on Monday.
Chris says: “We are still a new band. We’ve only been together for 10 months – that’s not a long time.
“What we have done so far is incredible, but we have an amazing fanbase. We get out of our tour bus, without telling the fans where we were going, and they’re all their waiting for us. I’m convinced they’ve got GPS or something.”
Unusually for a new boyband, the debut single has been written by a band member – Tom Mann.
Chris says they listened to a lot of songs, but Tom’s stood out.
He said the group felt it was the song most suited to the band.
“We listened to a lot of good songs, but nothing that felt like us. We liked Tom’s, took it management and they liked it.
“It’s a song everyone can relate to – ‘Crying on your bedroom floor, – but its a very mature song.
“Everyone knows what it’s like to miss someone.”
Chris said he has high hopes for it to be number one next week – ‘that’s what we’re hoping and aiming for’ – and promised to perform the song when Stereo Kicks play Summer Live.
“We have a couple of songs to play, a couple of surprises,” he says.
“We’ll obviously play Love Me So.”
The band played the venue during The X Factor live tour –and Chris admits he was impressed.
“The Motorpoint Arena is an incredible venue with a great atmosphere.
“Sheffield people are always extremely loud. Sheffield is one of the gigs that stood out. We’re looking forward to coming back. It’s going to be sick.”
And you could be there to see them – The Star has teamed up with Hallam FM to give away five pairs of tickets to Summer Live.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, enter our free draw by post, email, or Twitter – and include your full name and contact details, including a daytime phone number.
The deadline for entries is noon on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Winners will be notified the following week.
Usual Sheffield Newspapers Ltd rules and data terms apply.
To enter, send your name and address to Summer Live competition, Jon Ball, The Star, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU, email email@example.com with ‘Summer Live competition’ in the subject line, or follow @jon_ball33 on Twitter and Retweet any of his #StarCompSummerLive tweets.
And do not worry if you are not lucky enough to win – tickets are still available to the show.
For tickets, priced from £25, and more information, visit www.hallamfm.com/summerlive