FOO Fighters fans settled in for the night as they camped out to get their hands on the hottest ticket in town.
Tickets to see the US rockers went on sale at 10am this morning, but diehard fans queued from 5pm yesterday to make sure they didn’t miss out.
The band, headed by frontman Dave Grohl, is set to play at the Stadium of Light on May 25, next year, when they’ll kick off the UK leg of their European Sonic Highways tour.
Fans who queued overnight were housed within the Strongbow North and East stands of the stadium.
Foo Fighters are renowned as one of the best live acts around, and more than 55,000 are expected to see them rock Wearside. It will be the first time they’ve played in the city since Radio 1’s Big Weekend, in Herrington Country Park, in 2005.
Though Iggy Pop and Royal Blood have been confirmed as support acts on other UK dates on the tour, the Sunderland support has not yet been announced.
Father and son Gary and Kieran Snaith were first in the queue for tickets after arriving at the stadium at just after 5pm yesterday.
The duo, from Annfield Plain, County Durham, made sure they didn’t miss out on a chance to see their favourite band live in concert for the first time.
Gary, 47, a coach driver who regularly drives Sunderland fans to away matches, said: “We’re both big fans of the Foo Fighters and we’ve been following them for years. I’ve been a fan of Dave Grohl since he was in Nirvana.
“I’ve never seen them before because I’ve always been working away when they’ve played round here, so that’s why we’re camping out this time – to make sure we get tickets.
“It’s going to be an epic show and I’m a Sunderland supporter so seeing them at my team’s home ground is going to be amazing. Hopefully, they’ll blow us away.”
Kieran, 18, a motor vehicle student at North Durham Academy, added: “This is going to be my first-ever concert and I know it’ll be amazing.
“If I could choose anyone in the world to support them, it would be Green Day.”
It’s hoped the Foo Fighters will be one of a trio of gigs at the stadium next summer.
Tickets, priced £55-£67.50 go on sale on Friday, from 10am.
There is a limit of four tickets per purchaser in place.
The Stadium of Light will offer general admission (standing/Tier 1 unreserved seating) tickets only, priced at £55. All sales are subject to a £4 booking fee per ticket (unless payment is made in cash). Tickets cannot be purchased from SAFC by phone or online. They are available from the stadium’s box office to “in-person” purchasers only.
Remaining tickets, which are also subject to a booking fee, will be made available online at www.gigsandtours.com, Tel. 0844 811 0051 or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk, Tel. 0844 826 2826.
Tickets for wheelchair and special needs patrons are available by telephone from See Tickets, Tel. 0871 230 3453 (calls cost 10p per minute, plus standard network charges).