X Factor winner to headline Live

Matt Cardle
Matt Cardle

A million selling, number one chart topping artist is set to headline Northumberland Live at Bedlington this July.

Headlining will be singer, songwriter Matt Cardle’s whose first solo single, ‘When We Collide’ went straight to number-one on the UK Singles Chart and became the second biggest-selling single of 2010 with 815,000 copies sold within two weeks.

Having a ball at Northumberland Live at Bedlington. Picture by Keith Newman

Having a ball at Northumberland Live at Bedlington. Picture by Keith Newman

By the following June it had sold one million copies. Matt releases his fourth album; ‘Time To Be Alive’ on Sony Music on Friday, April 27.

It’s the third year that Northumberland Live at Bedlington has taken place. Last year, The Commitments entertained thousands of people at the free spectacle and two years ago, the first concert saw Johnny Hates Jazz headline.

Once again, the Northumberland Live Festival at Bedlington on Saturday, July 28 looks set to appeal to all ages and members of the family.

Also announced on the bill is Midnight Soul Sisters who showcases classics songs by The Supremes, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Chic and Beyonce. Other bands will be announced in due course.

Crowds enjoy Northumberland Live at Bedlington. Picture by Keith Newman

Crowds enjoy Northumberland Live at Bedlington. Picture by Keith Newman

The event is being funded by East Bedlington Parish Council with contributions from Ward Councillors funds and personal contributions from Keith Grimes and John Batey.

Parish Clerk Ron Thornton said: “We’re all very excited to have an X-Factor star here at Gallagher Park for Northumberland Live at Bedlington. The Parish Council are delighted to fund the event so that the people of Bedlington can enjoy a fun, family day out with entertainment for everyone.”

Organiser, Mel Jackson of Jigsaw Event Management said. “Matt Cardle is a well-known face and a real musical talent that will appeal to everyone. More acts will be announced soon and together with our media partners at BBC Newcastle we promise everyone at Northumberland Live at Bedlington a great day out for all the family.”

Matt Cardle rose to fame after winning the seventh series of The X Factor, and received a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music and later signed a deal with Columbia Records.

Following Cardle’s victory on The X Factor, the winner’s single and his debut single, ‘When We Collide, was released.

The track was made available to purchase on December 12 2010, shortly after the show had ended. On 1December 19 2010, the track debuted at number-one on the UK Singles Chart as well as Irish Singles Chart.The track also became the second biggest-selling single of 2010 with 815,000 copies sold within two weeks. In June 2012 it had sold 1 million copies, the fourth single by an X Factor contestant to have done so.

If you would like to be involved in the festival get in touch via Facebook or email northumberlandlive@gmail.com