X Factor James Arthur to play free gig in Middlesbrough
- 3 December 2012
- From the section Tees
James Arthur, an X Factor finalist from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, will return to the north-east of England for a free homecoming gig.
He will play at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Tuesday accompanied by his mentor Nicole Scherzinger.
Arthur will compete against Christopher Maloney and Jahmene Douglas in the ITV show's final on Saturday and Sunday in Manchester.
He said it was a "real honour" to be voted for by the public.
He advanced to the final of the competition after a public telephone vote on Sunday.
He said: "It feels like the ultimate sense of achievement, the viewers like what we do and they want to see us in the future, so it's a real honour that people pick up the phone."
The free gig will be the first time the singer/songwriter has performed in the North East for his new fans.
"There wasn't a lot to be proud of in the past for me," he said.
"So to see them pleased to have their brother achieving good stuff - it is very nice for me."
Albert Road will be closed between Corporation Road and Grange Road from 18:30 GMT and 22:00 GMT while the concert takes place.
Middlesbrough Council said all the tickets for the event had been allocated.