THE band that used to rock the Stadium of Light is playing a seafront gig during a free summer festival.

Republica’s single Ready To Go was played as Sunderland players ran onto the pitch at home games in the early days of the ground in the late 1990s.

The band, fronted by female singer Saffron, have been booked for this year’s South Tyneside Summer Festival.

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The gig will be on Saturday, June 28 in the open-air amphitheatre at Sandhaven, South Shields.

Republica will be joined by The Ambassadors .

The evening will mark the series finale of free live music at the Amphitheatre on Thursday and Sunday evenings, from 7 to 9pm, throughout June.

North-East band Stan and a support act start the series on Thursday June 5.

Other acts include Frankie and the Heartstrings, Jen Stevens and the Hiccups, The Sicknotes, Archie Brown and the Young Bucks and many more.

Additional highlights include brass bands at the Amphitheatre every Sunday afternoon in June, July and August and classical music in the Bandstand at South Marine Park on Saturdays in July and August.

Details of the acts performing at the legendary free Sunday concerts in Bents Park will be announced shortly .

Programme details are at