Coldplay fans shiver for their Sunderland Stadium of Light tickets

First in the queue for Coldplay tickets at the Stadium of Light are, from left, Josh Downs, Jack Wilson, Nathan Fryatt and Jonny Norman, all from Sunderland.
First in the queue for Coldplay tickets at the Stadium of Light are, from left, Josh Downs, Jack Wilson, Nathan Fryatt and Jonny Norman, all from Sunderland.
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FANS braved dipping overnight temperatures to get their hands on hot Coldplay tickets.

Ardent followers of the band pitched their tents yesterday at the Stadium of Light to be first in the queue for tickets for next summer’s gig.

They went on sale at 9am today for the highly-anticipated concert which takes place on June 7.

Students Jonny Norman, Nathan Fryatt, Jack Wilson and Josh Downs, from Roker and Fulwell, stayed out overnight to secure their place at the front of the queue.

“We’re all big fans of Coldplay,” said 17-year Jonny, from Roker, “but I’ve never seen them live before.

“We are really looking forward to it.”

Seventeen-year-old Nathan, from Fulwell, said the chance to secure tickets had made the trouble worthwhile.

“It has been freezing cold and really windy, but it has been worth it,” he said.

“It didn’t put us off.”

The four-piece have proved popular on Wearside where tickets that were available before the official release have out-sold other venues on the tour.

The pre-sale period, which opened at 9am yesterday gave Sunderland fans the chance to book advance tickets through ticketing agency, See Tickets, via a special email code.

Gary Hutchinson, head of venue and events at Sunderland AFC, said: “The speed at which the pre-sale allocation was snapped up shows just how passionate people in the region are about having major music acts performing here in the North East.

“The pre-sale period is a great barometer of how high the demand for general admission tickets will be when they are officially launched.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will also play one of only two 2012 UK shows at the home of the Black Cats on June 24, following in the footsteps of fellow chart heavyweights Take That, Oasis, Pink and Kings of Leon, who have all played spectacular concerts at the venue.

It’s hoped one more act may be confirmed to play at the stadium next June.

Tickets, priced £49.50, are available from the Stadium of Light box office now or online at www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.ticketline.co.uk.

Hospitality start from £140 per person and can be booked via coldplay@safc.com or by calling 0871 911 1555.

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