Peter and Jedward thrill the crowds

Peter Andre at Haigh Live and Jedward (below)
Peter Andre at Haigh Live and Jedward (below)

POP star Peter Andre thanked fans for their support as he delighted a 4,000-strong crowd at Haigh Hall Live.

Thousands of adoring fans were treated to an emotional performance by the Aussie singer, who headlined Friday’s gig with support acts Jedward and reality TV star Andrew Stone.

Andre belted out recent hits Defender, The Way You Move and Ready For Us, while not forgetting his original hits from the 1990s including Mysterious Girl and Flava.

He finished the night with new single Perfect Night – a collaboration with Taio Cruz – to complete his first live performance this year, and his first in Wigan for more than 15 years.

Before the gig, Andre said: “This concert kicks off my festival tour around the country.

“I love coming back up north, and always get a massive response.

“Some of the fans have been waiting since 9am, which is amazing.”

Fans eagerly awaited their favourite acts before they were allowed into the Haigh Hall Country Park site from 6.30pm last night.

Terri Inman, 27, from Pontefract, said: “I’ve not watched Peter Andre live since I was 11.

“He’s a really nice character – and his six pack helps of course.”

Sharon Morris, who watched the concert with 10-year-old daughter Nicole, said: “Peter’s a genuinely nice guy, a good father and a great singer. His music comes from the heart.”

And Jedward fan Claire Legg, from Ashton, said: “I just love them, they’re so entertaining. This is the third time I’ve seen them live.”

Before Andre took to the stage, fans were treated to a lively performance from the X Factor twins.

John and Edward, dressed in sparkly red jackets and showing off their famous blonde quiffs, performed a host of covers including their hits Under Pressure and All The Small Things.

And the 19-year-old brothers also sang their single Lipstick, which recently finished in eighth place in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf.

Up and coming singer Lucy Ella kicked off the night, before Pineapple Dance Studios star Andrew Stone, having ditched band Starman to form new act AMS, performed an energetic set.

Boyband Reason 4 then took to the stage to the delight of female fans.

The hunky lads, who just missed out on the live finals of last year’s X Factor, performed some original songs as well as covers including Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are.

More than 15,000 music fans are expected to attend the three days of live music at Haigh Hall.

The opening night of Haigh Hall Live on Thursday saw indie band The Courteeners prove a huge hit, along with supporting act The Coral.