will.i.am dramatically halts Black Eyed Peas LooseFest show in Newcastle to help fan in need

The Black Eyed Peas showed a moment of class as they treated Newcastle to a stellar set

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am brought the group's rip-roaring headline set at LooseFest in Newcastle to a dramatic halt on Saturday night to help a fan in distress.

The rapper and his group were halfway through the show and performing recent hit 'GIRL LIKE ME' when he brought the music to a sudden halt at 10:20 pm.

Speaking to the crowd, he urged spectators to "clear the way" as security staff jumped in to help out the festival-goer in need of assistance.

Concert-goers at the festival, which takes place on the city's Town Moor this weekend, waited patiently for the situation to be cleared up before the band re-started the song, which came before a final flurry of hits including 'Where is the Love?' and 'I Gotta Feeling'.

will.i.am reminded the crowd to put "safety first" as he was applauded for his kind-hearted action.

After the fan had been helped out, will.i.am said: "Thank you for participating and clearing the way, so we could bring that person to safety. And the first responders thank you guys so much - that's the love."

The group closed off an action-packed first day of the festival, which also saw sets from Clean Bandit and Example, amongst others.

The LooseFest event did being with a small hiccup, as ticket holders queued for hours before getting in, but that had clearly been long forgotten by a jubilant crowd who partied to the Black Eyed Peas' greatest hits.

The event continues on Sunday with performances from Mabel, AJ Tracey and more.