X Factor star Marcus Collins added to Sheftival event in Sheffield

X Factor contestant Marcus Collins arrives for a gig at Liverpool One, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 7, 2011. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
X Factor contestant Marcus Collins arrives for a gig at Liverpool One, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 7, 2011. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
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SHEFTIVAL, Sheffield’s new music and sport festival, will have the X Factor - with today’s announcement that Marcus Collins is now on the bill.

Real Radio are bringing him to perform on their main stage

Every day this week, Real Radio and The Star will announce the final top chart acts to be performing at the event, which takes place in and around Don Valley Bowl, over August 4 and 5.

Don’t Upset the Rhythm hit makers The Noisettes will also perform, it was confirmed yesterday.

Collins, aged 24, gained a huge following and was runner up on the top TV talent show last year where he was mentored by Take That frontman Gary Barlow.

He reached the grand live final, beating over 200,000 other contestants to earn his place.

His debut album, the self-titled Marcus Collins, became his first top 10 UK album in March and debut single Seven Nation Army, a cover of The White Stripes hit, also became his first top 10 UK single.

He is currently promoting Mercy, is second single from the album and his first original single.

Ricky Durkin, programme director at Real Radio said; “We are over the moon to have secured Marcus Collins to perform at Sheftival. With top ten hits under his belt - we all heard his solo hit Seven Nation Army used right across Euro 2012 – he’s a star that will keep rising.

“Adding Marcus’ name to The Noisettes, The Lightening seeds and the other massive acts to be announced this week means Sheftival will be THE festival to be at in 2012.”

Sheftival, spanning a 25-acre site with a mix of music, sport, food, drink and other entertainment is timed to celebrate Jess Ennis’s Olympic final.

Tickets are priced from £10 (under 6s go for free.) For full details and artist line-up dates go to www.sheftival.com