Shayne Ward, who won ITV talent show The X-Factor almost ten years ago, is among a host of stars set to appear at Newcastle Pride 2014.

The newly-extended three day event, which runs from Friday 18 July, will also feature performances by fellow X-Factor stars Joseph Whelan and Lloyd Daniels, as well as TV judge Sinitta and a host of other famous names.

Other artists set to appear throughout the weekend include the North East’s Community choir for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members, Northern Proud Voices, Lorraine Crosby (who sang on Meatloaf’s 1993 hit ‘I’d Do Anything for Love’), and boyband FriXon.

To coincide with the performances on Saturday and Sunday, the town moor will also play host to stalls, food outlets and a fun fair, as well as a health zone, women’s stage, sports zone, trans zone and family and youth zones. An additional cabaret tent, sports arena, dance tent and bear zone will also be available on Saturday only.

Other highlights include a parade through Newcastle city centre on Saturday 19 July and the Paws with Pride pet show on Sunday 20. A second stage, which is being specially erected outside the Centre for Life, will also play host to a variety of DJs and live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, with the weekend festivities starting after the town moor entertainment has ended.

Entry to Newcastle Pride is free, although a limited number of gold circle and VIP tickets will also be available for a small charge, with more details announced soon.