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Midge Ure & Nick Heyward

Midge Ure & Nick Heyward
Bents Park
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Free/upgrade to a Priority Plus ticket for £6 (under 5s free)

Music fans can see two of the biggest names of the 80s for free when they head to the North East this summer. Midge Ure and Nick Heyward will be performing their respective hits on the Bents Park stage at our open air concert on Sunday 28 July.

Midge Ure is best known for being the frontman of Ultravox and for his part in the world-famous Band Aid single and subsequent Live Aid and Live 8 concerts. Widely regarded as one of the seminal artists of the 70s and 80s, the multi-award winning singer-songwriter has also enjoyed huge success as a solo artist, with his latest album Orchestrated reaching a top ten position on the Amazon UK chart.

Also headlining is Nick Heyward, who found fame as the frontman of Haircut One Hundred. Nick released four top ten singles with the new wave band, including Love Plus One and Fantastic Day, before leaving to embark on a successful solo career. He has enjoyed a number of chart successes over more than three decades, and has recently released an album titled Woodland Echoes.

The compere for the afternoon is BBC Newcastle's Alfie Joey. Support is from the talented North East band The Breakfast Club who will perform a range of 80s inspired tracks.

Gates open approx. 12 noon for Priority Plus ticket holders and approx. 12.45pm for free entry for which no tickets are required.


This event is free entry, and entry is still available on the day to non-ticket holders. The majority of space in the park will be available for non-ticket holders on a first come first served basis.

A limited number of Priority Plus tickets have been on sale. The tickets allow earlier access into the park to pick the best spot (it also guarantees entry if you wish to come later on in the afternoon), along with access to dedicated bar serveries and toilets. Priority Plus tickets are £6 (under 5s are free). Tickets are now off sale with Ticketmaster but we do have a small amount of tickets still available at the Shop @ The Word - please call 0191 424 7788 for details and to check they are still available before you travel (open Mon - Thu 9am - 6pm, Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm).

Other info

Gates open approx. 12 noon for Priority Plus ticket holders and approx. 12.45pm for free entry for which no tickets are required.

If you are travelling by metro you are advised to allow a little more time for your journey as South Shields Metro Station will be closed, due to work on the new interchange. Nexus will be operating a frequent replacement bus service between the stop just prior to this, Chichester Metro Station, and South Shields Metro Station.

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, but there will be plenty of food outlets and bars in the park too. You can help us reduce the amount of waste at concerts by not bringing glass bottles into the park.

We will be carrying out bag searches for people entering the park. To help speed up the process visitors are encouraged to limit the number of bags they bring, and should leave any sharp instruments at home.

  • Bents Park
  • Sea Road
    South Shields
    Tyne and Wear
    NE33 2NL

These events are brought to you by South Tyneside Council. With thanks to our sponsors Port of Tyne, Colmans Seafood Temple, South Tyneside College, The Sea Hotel and to the support of BBC Newcastle.

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