Coldplay promoter’s praise for Sunderland

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THE man at the helm of the gig-promoting giant behind Coldplay’s record-breaking Sunderland show has praised the city.

The multi-award winning band wowed their audience of more than 55,000 people with their spectacular show at the Stadium of Light on Thursday.

Today Rob Ballantine, director of SJM Concerts, said: “The Stadium of Light has proven to be an exceptional venue for music concerts and breaking its attendance record with Coldplay only serves to underline its fantastic reputation.

“It has been a joy to see how the people of Sunderland and its wider community have embraced stadium concerts.

“To see everyone so engaged and so positive in what was awful weather on Thursday was absolutely magnificent – and that includes those working behind the scenes at the event.

“Having such a dynamic network of key agencies in place is a hugely attractive proposition for promoters and concert organisers so I must pay huge tribute to those organisations for their tireless work.

“They really pulled it off.

“It makes staging events of this scale such a tremendously positive experience both for SJM and for performing artists and we look forward to continuing to bring the biggest and best acts to the North East.”

Since 2009, SJM has chosen the home of SAFC to launch Take That’s last two European tours. The band famously kicked off its Circus Live tour with two nights in 2009 before returning for four nights in 2011.

Oasis, Pink and Kings of Leon have also had their own headline evenings at the stadium in recent years.

The home of the Black Cats is now gearing up to host American superstars Bruce Springsteen and Red Hot Chili Peppers who take to the stage on June 21 and June 24.

A 24 hour Metro strike has been planned for June 21, the same day as the Springsteen concert, so gig-goers are being urged to plan their route to and from the venue.

Once last Thursday’s gig had finished, work began to remove Coldplay’s set.

All that remains now is the pitch covering and general infrastructure. The promoters for Bruce Springsteen will arrive on Friday to install the Boss’ stage, lighting and sound equipment.

With only a three day gap between the Springsteen and Chilis gigs, there will be a round-the-clock push to prepare the stadium in time for the next concert.

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THERE are still tickets available for Bruce Springsteen and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Springsteen tickets are priced £55. Chili Pepper tickets are £45. A limited number are available to buy in person from the Stadium of Light box office.

Alternatively, you can buy Springsteen tickets at www.livenation.co.uk and Chili Pepper tickets at www.seetickets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

For more details visit www.safc.com