Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘a fantastic coup’ for Sunderland

Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing Sunderland's Stadium of Light on June 24, 2012.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing Sunderland's Stadium of Light on June 24, 2012.
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THE Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2012 summer show at the Stadium of Light has been haild “a fantastic coup”.

The American rockers are the latest big names to arrive on Wearside, playing at the venue on June 24 next year. Tickets go on sale on Friday from the Stadium of Light and a variety of online outlets.

Red Hot Chili Peppers follow Take That, Oasis, Kings of Leon and Pink in using the 49,000-seat stadium as a major concert venue.

One or two more big names are likely to be added for next summer.

SAFC’s chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “This is a fantastic coup for the club and the city and we are delighted to welcome another act of such immense stature in the music world to our stadium.

“The Stadium of Light is now firmly established as a major player on the concert circuit, which is further cemented by the fact that we are one of only two venues that Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing in the UK next year.”

The announcement is the culmination of months of hard work from SAFC events staff, who have been in talks with a variety of promoters.

Earlier this year, about a quarter of a million people flocked to the city to see Take That kick off their Progress reunion tour with Robbie Williams, and Kings of Leon.

The four Take That gigs and one Kings of Leon show are believed to have boosted the city’s economy by a staggering £18million.

It is hoped the Red Hot Chili Peppers event will also plough cash into Wearside.

The Sunderland show is one of only two UK dates the Grammy Award-winning four-piece will play.

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