BIRTHDAY girl Shauna Lay received her perfect present – after queuing more than 20 hours for Coldplay tickets.
The student at Bede Sixth Form, who turned 18 yesterday, was among the first in line for tickets for the Stadium of Light gig.
Shauna, from Farringdon, was among more than 200 fans who camped out at the Black Cats’ ground.
“It was definitely worth it,” she said. “I was waiting from noon the previous day.
“It was freezing cold, but it was great to get my tickets. It was a fantastic birthday.”
Meanwhile, preparations for the June 7 concert, as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers gig on June 24, are already under way.
Ken Scott, development manager at Sunderland City Council, said: “The news that the Stadium of Light is to host further high-profile acts in 2012 is confirmation – if any were needed – that the stadium and the city are major players on the concert circuit.
“Planning for the safe enjoyment of those concerts by the many thousands who will fill the stadium has been long under way.
“In-depth debriefs of the last concert season have already been held as part of the planning process for the following summer.
“Complacency in respect of customer safety will never be an issue as each year we look to improve and refine the customer experience.”