Spandau Ballet favourite Martin Kemp will be an added attraction on the menu at this summer’s Festival by the Sea in Northumberland.

The eighties star - who rode the New Romantic wave in the eighties band with brother Gary - will be taking to the stage at the street food event, formerly known as North East Chilli Fest, when it returns to Meggie’s Burn Fields in Blyth- along with its famous chilli-eating competition - in July.

While younger fans might know him as the dad of radio DJ Roman Kemp, Spandau Ballet was an era-defining band and over the years the musician has added plenty more strings to his bow with the likes of acting roles in EastEnders and star billing alongside Gary in 1990 gangster film The Krays.

Kemp's North East date will see him showcase his popular Back to the 80s disco set on the last night - the Sunday -  of the July 17-19 festival when local talents Hip Hip Hooray and duo Love Like This will also appear on the main stage.

Ahead of that, fellow local favourites - and festival regulars - Smoove & Turrell will curate the Saturday night entertainment.

Festival organiser Mark Deakin said that he was "absolutely delighted" to be able to announce the line-up and added: "Back to the 80s has been going down a storm everywhere Martin’s appeared.

"Who doesn’t love 80s music - and it doesn’t get much better than one of the legends playing some of the classics from that time."

The chilli-eating competition at Festival by the Sea in Northumberland
Last year's chilli-eating competition at Festival by the Sea in Northumberland

Besides Spandau classics, Kemp's previous sets have included hits by the likes of Bros, Chaka Khan, Madness, Queen, Rick Astley, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Dexy's Midnight Runners.

"We’re expecting people to get in the mood and dress the part," said Mark. "We want to see plenty of leggings, shoulder pads and very big hair."

He added that the idea for the Saturday night had been to up the ante by headlining it as An Evening with Smoove and Turrell and Friends and, in addition to performing their own songs, the funk and soul duo will host the likes of disco indie outfit Vanderbilt; soul and blues singer Izo Fitzroy; DJ Mojaxx and also seven-piece live funk band The Haggis Horns.

Festival by the Sea, which showcases try-and-buy artisan food at a Producers Market, will also feature a selection of bars and its highlight Rob Dumbrell’s world famous Chilli Eating Competition, which last year saw amateurs take on the undefeated UK Chilli Queen Shahina Zeenat Waseem.

Various tickets are available for the festival, including weekend camping options, while a current early bird deal offers a three-day entry pass for £15. See here.