LATEST NEWS: Tickets to go on sale for Dave Stewart Sunderland gig

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TICKETS will go on sale from tomorrow for rock legend Dave Stewart’s hometown gig at the Sunderland Empire.

Sunderland-born Dave, who shot to fame as one half of the Eurythmics, had already announced on social network Twitter that he would perform on Wearside for the first time in 40 years.

Now, the Empire has confirmed he will rock the High Street West venue on September 3 and that tickets go on sale from Wednesday.

Ambassador Theatre card members can snap up tickets from 9am on Wednesday with seats going on sale to the general public from 9am on Friday.

Former Bede Grammar School pupil Dave, who was raised in Ettrick Grove, High Barnes, Sunderland, said: “I’m excited to play live in England again. It’s been a long time, and to kick off in my hometown the day my new album is released will be a golden moment for me.”

The singer/songwriter’s Sunderland gig will kick off a four-date tour of the UK to mark the release of his latest solo album, The Ringmaster General, a mix of rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues and psychedelia.

The iconic artist, who has built a successful career in the U.S., will perform songs with his band from his upcoming album, as well as material from his critically-acclaimed 2011 album The Blackbird Diaries and other solo works.

He will also perform some of the hits he has had with the Eurythmics and other artists.

His other dates on the tour will be in Birmingham, Manchester and London.

•Tickets for the gig at the Sunderland Empire are priced £26 and go on sale exclusively to ATG theatre card members at 9am on Wednesday.

For more information on the ATG theatre card, call the priority members line on tel. 566 1045.

•Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday May and are available by calling 0844 871 3022 or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland, as well as from select ticket agents, the 24Hr ticket hotline 0844 338 0000 and on line at BookingsDirect.com

•Booking fees apply to credit/debit card, telephone and online sales. There’s a maximum of six tickets per household.

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