DESPITE the terrible weather, despite the predicted traffic chaos, gig-goers we spoke to outside the Stadium of Light were buzzing.
Hannah Lindsey, 17, from Chester-le-Street, and Peter Almond, 14, from Fulwell, were among the crowd whose ages spanned generations.
“It was such a snazzy show,” said Hannah. “The wristbands and confetti were amazing.
“It was worth waiting in the rain for.”
Sisters Kelly Skinner, 32, Tanya Skinner, 36, and friend Mikhaela Reeves, 36, said that despite the Metro strikes they had no problems getting to the gig.
Tanya said: “It was brilliant, excellent. I’d love them to come again. The wristbands were such a brilliant idea.
“I’ve been to a few gigs here but that was up there with the best of them.”
SAFC season holder Nick Bartlett, 17, is more used to seeing the stadium filled with footy fans but said this experience was something else altogether.
“I’m used to going to the stadium and hearing the chants of the fans so it was weird to hear music there at first,” he said. “It was a massive transformation, I couldn’t believe the set, it blew me away.
“The stadium was quite quiet during the support acts, but when Coldplay came on they lifted the roof off the stadium.”