TEESSIDE singer James Arthur will perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend when it comes to Middlesbrough in May.

The 31-year-old Saltburn singer made a name for himself after winning the ninth series of ITV's X-Factor in 2012.

On Monday, the BBC confirmed the chart-topper singer, known for the hits Impossible, You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You and Rewrite the Stars, would be performing alongside some of music's current biggest names.

Radio 1's Big Weekend 2019 is set to take over Stewart Park in Middlesbrough on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26.

Speaking about the festival, James Arthur said: “I’m honoured to be on the bill for Radio 1’s Big Weekend, especially as they’re off to my hometown of Middlesbrough."

The last time the singer performed for Radio 1's Big Weekend, was in May 2017, when it was held in Hull.

James added: "This is going to be an unbelievable show as the line-up is one of the best I’ve seen, so I look forward to being a part of it and giving the people of Middlesbrough and the surrounding area a quality show. Up the Boro."

James will join the likes of Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, The 1975, Khalid, Zara Larsson, Mumford and Sons, and Mabel, who have all been confirmed to perform at the two-day event.

In February, the BBC presenter Greg James, officially announced this year's location for the music festival on his Radio 1 breakfast show.

On air he said: "Why hello Middlesbrough, we are coming for you and we are bringing some of the biggest artists on the planet.

"We are so excited. I am so excited that we can now mention it. Stupidly, they told me ages ago man and it's been a nightmare – now we can say it – Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough."

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "I’m over the moon we’ve landed BBC’s Big Weekend right here in Middlesbrough, bringing some of the biggest music acts from across the world right to our doorstep.The Big Weekend is another major coup for us and it shows that promoters and organisers of these huge events are taking our area seriously.

"Now we’re ready to show off to music fans as we get the Tees Valley into the homes, and cars, of people across the country."

"As well as being a load of fun, this event alone is expected to attract 75,000 people to the town, meaning more people spending money in our shops, bars, hotels and restaurants.

"Each and every visitor will see for themselves what we’re all about, and why we’re a great place to live and visit. Just a few years ago, we wouldn’t have had the confidence to put ourselves forward as a location for massive gigs like this."