SINGING on stage at Newcastle City Hall this weekend will be a dream come true for schoolboy Nick Celino.
It will be the first time the 15-year-old, a pupil at St Thomas More RC High School in North Shields, has performed there as an act rather than for an audition.
Nick will be sharing the stage with X Factor star Joe McElderry, Silvar, Kayne and At Long Last.
McElderry, pictured, of South Shields, is headlining the show, a free concert for teenagers in the north east organised by the charity Keyfund.
Nick, recently signed up by a record company, will sing two of his own songs to a capacity crowd – a ballad called Just Go and an upbeat number called Running Around in Clouds.
He will also be belting out a cover of Use Somebody by Kings of Leon and Back to Black by Amy Winehouse.
Nick, of Cochrane Park in Heaton, found out he would be performing at the gig while he was on the train home from another concert in London’s Covent Garden and was delighted by the news.
He said: “I had been to see Pixie Lott there the week before and was thinking ‘I wish I could sing here’, then a week later they rang me.
“I was shocked that they had picked me, but so pleased.
“It’s surreal that I will be sharing a stage with Joe McElderry.”
The youngster isn’t fazed, however. “I don’t get nervous. I just enjoy it. This is something that I have dreamt of,” he said.
Among the 2,000-strong crowd will be his mum Norma.
She said: “I’m really proud of him.
“He is a good lad, and he just loves his singing.
“I cried the first time I heard him singing one of the songs he had written in the studio when we were in London.”
Doors open for Saturday’s Keyfund winter extravaganza at 3.30pm The show starts at 4pm and will continue until about 7pm.