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Send off with a Squeeze; MUSIC fans are in for another treat at Great North Run Weekend. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.


MUSIC lovers as well as runners are set for a weekend to remember. Squeeze will set the Great North Run weekend off to a rocking start when they play Gypsies Green Stadium in South Shields this Friday.

This follows on from the hugely successful Jethro Tull concert last year which was held in a giant music festival on South Shields seafront to mark the start of the Great North Run weekend.

Formed in 1973 in South London by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze have written some of the most instantly recognisable pop songs of modern times including Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Tempted.

Since 2007, a newly reformed Squeeze have been performing all over the world to their loyal fans, and to a whole new generation of admirers - proving that the enduring strength of their songs will still be attracting new fans for many years to come.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for Culture and Wellbeing, is looking forward to the concert, and said: "It's fantastic that we are able to be bringing another massive name from the world of music to South Shields.

"Squeeze are such a brilliant band and this concert is bound to attract even more visitors to our borough and our fabulous seafront for the Great North Run weekend."

Customs House executive director Ray Spencer added: "Chris Difford's lyrics and Glen Tilbrook's music is recognised as making a lasting and major contribution to popular music - we are delighted to welcome them to South Shields."

* Squeeze will perform at Gypsies Green Stadium on Friday, September 16.


BOOKED TO PERFORM Squeeze will be at Gypsies Green on Friday to mark the start of the Great North Run
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2011
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