The Kings of Sunderland

Kings Of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill wows the crowd
Kings Of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill wows the crowd

A CROWD of more than 55,000 rocked Sunderland’s Stadium of Light when one of the world’s biggest bands took to the stage.

The Kings of Leon blasted out a string of hits that had their fans in a frenzy for one hour and 40 minutes.

Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew Followill were half-an-hour late on to the stage but were quickly forgiven by the eager crowd when they opened with Four Kicks.

They were supported by fellow American acts Mona and White Lies who helped get the party started.

The sell-out event came only a month after Take That’s four-night stint at the stadium, when they played to more than 200,000 people.

The five massive music events held at the football stadium have been hailed a resounding success and are said to have produced an estimated £18m boost to the local economy.

Sunderland FC’s chief executive Steve Walton said: “The five shows have been absolutely tremendous. The hard work and dedication shown by everyone here at the club and across the key agencies in the city and region to ensure the concerts ran smoothly has been incredible.”

The stadium hosted its first concert in 2009 and since that time over half a million music fans have passed through its doors.

SAFC head of venue and events Gary Hutchinson said: “It was great to see the months of planning and hard work culminate in such fantastic events. We are continuing to prove that not only is there a demand for such large scale events in the city, but also that we are more than equipped to host them.

“The hard work doesn’t stop now though and we are actively working on securing acts for

for next summer, so watch

this space.”