Kings of Leon and Take That concerts pour millions into Sunderland’s economy

The Kings of Leon lead vocalist Caleb Followill

The Kings of Leon lead vocalist Caleb Followill

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THE five Kings of Leon and Take That gigs have brought about 270,000 music lovers into the city this year, bringing an estimated £18million boost to its economy.

And it seems the shows have cemented the Stadium of Light’s reputation as a major player on the music circuit.

SAFC’s chief executive Steve Walton heaped praise on the team behind the concerts, saying: “The five shows have been absolutely tremendous. The hard work and dedication shown by everyone at here the club and across the key agencies in the city and region to ensure the concerts ran smoothly has been incredible.”

The stadium hosted its first concert in 2009 and since that time more than half a million music fans have passed through its doors.

Bruce Storey, superintendent of Northumbria Police, said: “A huge amount of planning goes into these events on behalf of the club, police, city council, fire brigade and ambulance service and that planning has clearly paid off.

“The crowds for all five shows were in very good spirits. The events were clearly enjoyed by all who attended and we’re very pleased with how everything went.”