X Factor winner Alexandra Burke to top bill at 2012 Live
X FACTOR winner Alexandra Burke will take to the stage for one of Stoke-on-Trent's biggest music events this summer.
The pop star has been named as this year's headline act for the two-day 2012 Live event at Hanley Park.
The singer, whose recent single Elephant reached number three in the charts, will be joined by rap duo Rizzle Kicks and urban artist Skepta on Saturday June 16.
Two-piece band Honey Ryder has been confirmed for the following day with more artists yet to be announced.
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The event, now in its third year, is being organised by Signal One in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Last year's event saw thousands of families travel to the park for the event which included performances from Pixie Lott, Nicola Roberts, Loick Essien and The Wanted.
Previous stars have also included RnB artist Craig David, The Hoosiers, The Saturdays and other X Factor contestants Diana Vickers and Jedward.
Senior Programme Controller at Signal One, Chris Buckley, said: "Following the success of the last two years we are extremely excited to have the event over two days, with some of the biggest names in pop already confirmed.
"We will be announcing even more acts in the coming weeks."
Visitors will also get the chance to try their hands at zorbing, a climbing wall and fairground rides.
Pop fans are already getting excited about the event.
Twelve-year-old Kirajade Parry, of Broad Street, in Crewe, said: "I like Alexandra Burke, I used to watch her when she was on the X Factor.
"I have never been to a concert before. I would have liked to have seen The Wanted at last year's event because they are my favourite band, but I didn't make it."
The Sandbach Girls School pupil added: "The concert will be really good. It's a good idea for younger people who aren't old enough to go to things like the V Festival."
Karis Rowley, aged 20, of Meadow Lane, Trentham, said: "It is a nice idea for events like this to be put on locally as it is a good way to bring people into the area.
"It is also good for youngsters who aren't perhaps old enough to go to other concerts and there is enough going on for all of the family."
Aaron Wilton, aged 23, of Cardigan Grove, Trentham, added: "It has been a success the past two years because I have a few friends who have been along. This year there are quite a few good acts so I am sure there will be a good turn out again."
Stoke-on-Trent City Council recently won permission for an alcohol licence at Hanley Park following an application from the authority's events manager Richard Radcliffe, despite more than 500 objections from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour.
The granting of the licence means music, sporting activities and performances can now be hosted between 10am and 11pm, with alcohol being served from noon until 9pm.
Tickets are now available for 2012 Live and are priced at £10 each for the performances on Saturday, June 16, with no concessions available.
Tickets for Sunday are also £10 each, but children aged under 12 get free entry with every full paying adult.
For tickets visit www.signal1.co.uk or visit the Signal reception between 9am and 5pm.