Boy ban Blue are preparing to headline a free North East concert later this summer.

The chart-topping foursome, who topped charts worldwide with hit All Rise,  are due to release their fourth studio album later this year and will be performing live at Bents Park, South Shields on Sunday, July 14.

The free event, which forms part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival 2013, will feature all of the band’s greatest hits, including number ones Too Close and If You Come Back, as well as latest single Hurt Lovers.

It will also feature a special appearance by British R&B group, The Honeyz, who rose to fame in the late 90s with hits such as Finally Found and The End of The Line.

They will be supported by South Shields singer Abi Garrido and pop band The Waiters, who were named Young Performers of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Cllr Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of festival organiser South Tyneside Council, said: “Blue have been part of the British music scene for more than a decade and we’re delighted that fans will have the opportunity to see them performing their greatest hits free as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival 2013.”

Blue’s special open air performance, one of three similar concerts planned for Bents Park, forms part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival’s three month programme of live music and family events, which runs across South Shields from June until the end of August.

Other acts set to appear at this year’s event include Toploader, The South, The Christians and 80s icon Rick Astley, as well as a host of North East bands and emerging talent.

For more information and full listings visit www.southtyneside.info/summerfestival, www.facebook.com/southtynesideevents or www.twitter.com/STynesideEvents or call 0191 454 6612.