Music fans queue for tickets to Take That star Gary Barlow's Sunderland concerts

Fans queue up to buy tickets for Gary Barlow's Sunderland Empire concerts at the venue's box office. Pic courtesy of BBC Newcastle.
Fans queue up to buy tickets for Gary Barlow's Sunderland Empire concerts at the venue's box office. Pic courtesy of BBC Newcastle.

Music fans have been queuing up to get their hands on tickets to Gary Barlow's Wearside concerts.

The veteran singer and Take That star announced earlier this month that he will perform two dates at the Sunderland Empire on when he embarks on a UK tour in April 2018.

Gary Barlow performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack at Emirates Old Trafford. Picture by Dave Hogan.

Gary Barlow performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack at Emirates Old Trafford. Picture by Dave Hogan.

The Sunderland gigs take place on Monday April 30 and Tuesday May 1, and tickets went on sale today at 10am.

Empire bosses said that the majority of tickets have now been sold.

The 46-year-old performer has previously performed in two massively successful gigs with Take That at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, but on this tour is playing 34 dates to smaller crowds - 24 of them in "intimate venues".

He said: "I had such a lot of fun back in 2013 when I played smaller venues because you’re so much closer to the fans.

"The audience always seem to love the intimacy of it all too. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a couple of cities I’ve never played before as well as getting a chance to meet the fans there."

The singer-songwriter and record producer found worldwide fame as a member of British pop group Take That.

Since forming in 1989, Take That have won eight BRIT awards, sold over 45 million records and over eight million concert tickets.

As well as his own recordings and performances, Gary Barlow is also one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles and claimed six Ivor Novello Awards.

He has also co-written and produced music for other renowned artists including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams.

His last solo record Since I Saw You Last sold more than 600,000 copies and was the ninth biggest selling album that year.