GIG-GOERS braved the rain and chilly temperatures for the hottest tickets in town.
Tickets went on sale for Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium of Light gig on June 24.
It’s one of only two concerts the four-piece will play in the UK next year, the other being in Hertfordshire.
Stadium bosses took pity on the dozens of fans who camped out overnight and allowed them to sleep under cover in the stadium’s concourse.
Pals Andrew Eltringham, 22, from Hendon, and Ross Irwin, 17, from Houghton were first in the queue.
Andrew said: We’ve been here since 8pm. They’re only doing two gigs next year, here is a once in a lifetime thing.”
Ross said: “I’m regretting coming as early because it’s been so cold but hopefully we’ll be the first.”
Due to the band’s limited run of UK gigs next year, demand for their Sunderland gig is expected to be high.
Up to 56,000 fans from across Britain are expected to attend the show, which will plough millions into the city’s economy.
Tickets, priced £45, are available at the Stadium of Light box office and online atkililive.com/rhcp, seetickets.com and ticketmaster.com.