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Sunderland fan favourite's daughter up for BRIT

The daughter of former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett is preparing to find out whether or not she'll join the successful nominees at the BRIT Awards. Jin Jin co-wrote Hold My Hand with Jess Glynne and the track is up for Best British Single. Jin Jin is up against Little Mix, including South Shields girls Perrie and Jade, Adele and Ellie Goulding.

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"Jin Jin discovered 5 x No. 1 selling artist Jess Glynne whilst at college, the pair, alongside producer Bless Beats, set about writing the singer’s debut album. Working on tracks such as 'Home' before Jess successfully signed to Atlantic Records, their relationship in the studio has left them in demand across the musical world. Jin Jin later penned Jess’ first official single release 'Right Here' (UK No. 6), going on to further success with singles ‘Real Love’ (UK No. 2) ‘Hold My Hand’ and 'Not Letting Go' featuring Tinie Tempah which topped the UK charts."

– Universal Music


Little Mix thank North East supporters ahead of BRITs

The Little Mix singers are up for two BRIT Awards and they have thanked North East fans for supporting them this far.

Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards are from South Shields and are very vocal when it comes to their appreciation of home support.

Black Magic is up for Best British Video and Best Single.

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Beyonce's Sunderland show 'nearing sell out'

Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour concert at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, is almost sold out.

The Single Ladies singer will open the European leg of her global tour on Wearside on 28 June with only a very limited number of tickets remaining online and at the Stadium of Light Ticket Office.

The concert will be Beyoncé’s first world tour since her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013.

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“There is a huge amount of excitement and interest around this concert, which has been reflected in the unprecedented demand for tickets this morning.

“With only a limited amount of tickets remaining now on sale, we would advise fans to book their tickets as soon as they can as this is set to be a must-see show.”

– SAFC’s commercial director, Gary Hutchinson

'Still hasn't sunk in' - Fans bag Beyonce tickets

If you like it then you should've gone and queued for it!

Fans are tweeting their delight at securing tickets to see superstar Beyonce in Sunderland. Some queued overnight to ensure they have a seat at the Stadium of Light gig.

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How to buy Beyonce tickets for Stadium of Light

Tickets for Beyonce's show at the Stadium of Light will go on sale at 9am on Tuesday 16 February and will be available from the Stadium of Light ticket office and approved ticket agents.

You can book online here orhere - Alternatively you can go straight to Beyonce's website

Tickets for wheelchair and special needs patrons are available by telephone from SAFC, tel. 0191 551 5004 or

Young people aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18 and no unaccompanied youngsters aged 14 or under will be permitted entry to the venue. Also, there is a limit of eight tickets per purchaser.

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