Take That announce North East stadium gig - and it's not where you might think
Boyband Take That have announced a UK stadium tour, including a big North East date.
But it's not at Sunderland Stadium of Light, or event St James's Park in Newcastle.
Their show on June 1, 2019, is at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough - the venue's first major pop concert.
The tour will be a Greatest Hits one celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band, which currently consists of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen.
Support will come from '80s soul singer Rick Astley, who has enjoyed a big resurgence in his career in recent years.
Middlesbrough FC's head of commercial Lee Fryett said: “Part of the club’s long-term vision is for the Riverside Stadium to be used as a venue to host world class events, and this is a real coup for us.
“We’re working closely with the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Middlesbrough Council to bring world class events to the Tees Valley region, and their support, along with that of SJM, has been terrific.
“We are looking forward to welcoming people from the Tees Valley and beyond and ensuring everyone has a fantastic experience of both the Riverside Stadium and the region.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This will be one of the biggest concerts to take place next year - and it’s happening right here in Middlesbrough. Thousands will come to the town, spend money, buy local and help to put the Tees Valley on the map.
“Hats off to Middlesbrough FC for getting this over the line. It highlights our ambition to host big events and bring massive music acts and even more visitors to the region.
“A couple of years ago we wouldn’t have had the confidence to do this. Now we’re bidding for a Rugby League World Cup, bringing the Great North City Games to Stockton, and now Take That are coming to Boro.”
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