After months of anticipation, Grammy Award-winning rock band Foo Fighters will kick off the UK leg of their Sonic Highways European tour on Wearside on Monday.
The gig, the only one at the home of the Black Cats this year, is the iconic band’s only stadium venue between London and Edinburgh on the tour.
The country’s music media and around 50,000 fans are expected to attend and final preparations are in full swing to transform the stadium for the event.
A spokesman from the club said: “Having previously welcomed some of the rock world’s biggest acts, such as Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Kings of Leon, we are now gearing up for what will be another epic stadium show.
“This is a major coup for Sunderland and we are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming one of the world’s best live bands to Wearside. The dynamics of the Stadium of Light provide the perfect venue for rock shows of this magnitude and to host the opening night of Foo Fighters’ UK tour is another fantastic first for us.”
More than 2,000 staff will be on duty throughout the stadium to facilitate a mammoth catering operation.
David Moses, general manager at Sunderland AFC, said: “Year on year, concerts at the Stadium of Light provide us with a different challenge, this varies from crowd dynamics to catering, but it is one we relish.
“We have gathered a vast amount of experience over the years in dealing with large-scale catering operations and it’s important for us to maintain the highest standard of service without compromising on the quality.”
Concerts at the Stadium of Light bring significantly larger crowds, many of whom are in the stadium for in excess of six hours, in contrast to two hours for a normal Premier League game.
(Approximate and may be subject to change on the day)
2pm onwards - external courtyards open
4pm - stadium doors open
6pm - The Strypes
7pm - Kaiser Chiefs
8:30pm - Foo Fighters
11pm - show ends (approximate time)
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A small number of additional general admission and seated tickets with prime views have been released for the show and are available to buy directly from the Stadium of Light ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline, 0191 551 5004.
The ticket office is open 9am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 10am until 1pm on Saturdays.
Metros are running as normal after proposed Network Rail strikes were called off.
Metro services will now be able to access the Sunderland line on Monday and Tuesday as usual, meaning no disruption for passengers.
All train services through Sunderland , including Metro, Northern Rail and Grand Central trains, will be able to operate as planned.
Services through Sunderland would have been affected by the strike because Network Rail owns the line and provides signalling and power control.
However, talks between Network Rail and the trade unions have concluded and the planned strike has been cancelled.
Extra Metro services will be operational between Pelaw and South Hylton to get people to and from the Foo Fighters concert at the Stadium of Light on Bank Holiday Monday.
Foo Fighters were formed in Seattle in 1994 by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.
Hits over the years have include All My Life, Best of You, Learn To Fly, The Pretender and Monkey Wrench.
Over the course of the band’s career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of May 2014, the band’s seven albums have sold a combined 11.1 million copies. The band’s eighth studio album, Sonic Highways was released in November 2014.