One Direction gig ‘worth millions of pounds’ to Sunderland

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WEARSIDE has been reacting to the news that the biggest boy band in the world are set to wow Sunderland.

Yesterday, One Direction announced they would open the UK leg of their world tour at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, May 28, next year.

After a week of teasing fans with a special count-down website, entitled One Big Announcement, they released details of their Where We Are Tour at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Writing on our website, one reader with the user name NoName30, said: “Good News, One Direction aren’t my cup of tea but they are obviously extremely popular at the moment and anything like this which helps put Sunderland on the map should be welcomed.

“Great to see these gigs at the SOL being a regular fixture of the summer and be interesting to see who else they get for next year.”

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “One Direction are one of the biggest bands in the world at the moment, so it’s fantastic that they are choosing Sunderland as part of their first stadium tour.

“This year’s concerts are set to be the biggest and best yet, bringing thousands of people and millions of pounds into our economy, and the fact that we’re already confirming acts for next year is proof of the fantastic work taking place behind the scenes to ensure that Sunderland is always top of the list for major bands and artists on tour.”

But not everyone is delighted with the news.

David Angus wrote on our Facebook page: “What is happening with these gigs, started well with Oasis and the rest, now it’s just pure cheese.”

The Echo even ran two front covers yesterday to make sure we covered the breaking news which should plough millions into the local economy.

Speaking at the press conference, Harry Styles said: “It feels crazy to be announcing this in the first place - every time we walk into one of these places, we think it’s absolutely huge.

“The concept of doing a gig in a place like Wembley is incredible. We’re very excited.”

The first leg of the world tour will see the What Makes You Beautiful singers visit Latin America, opening in Colombia on April 25.

The other three dates in the UK are Etihad Stadium in Manchester on May 31, Murrayfield in Edinburgh on June 3 and Wembley, on June 7.

l Tickets, priced from £42.50, will go on sale at 10am on Friday, May 25.

Tickets will not be available from the Stadium of Light.

They will be available from gigsandtours.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, ticketline.co.uk and theticketfactory.com or Tel. 0844 811 0051, 0844 826 2826 or 0844 338 8000.

THE Echo produced a special edition yesterday to give pop fans the news the World’s most famous group are destined for Wearside.

Editor John Szymanski said: “This event is fantastic news for the city.

“We ensured we were first on the streets with the story, bringing out a special second edition to deliver the details of this concert date.

“Between now and the big day, we will be following how plans come together for the show, which promises to give the area a boost and shine the light on what it has to offer.”

The announcement about next May’s gig looks set to follow on from this summer’s programme of concerts at the stadium, with Bon Jovi to play on Thursday, June 13, Rihanna to perform a week later on Thursday, June 20 and North East Live to be staged on Saturday June 22.