A wish list of gigs at stadium

Bosses at the Stadium of Light say they’re well and truly back in the concert game after the success of last week’s Spice Girls gig – and readers have been having their say on which groups and singers they would like to see perform at the home of the Black Cats.

Monday, 10th June 2019, 11:24 am
Updated Monday, 10th June 2019, 21:34 pm
Bon Jovi performing at the Stadium of Light in 2013

The new bosses at the stadium announced their intention to bring gigs back to the venue last year, and the success of last Thursday’s event has cemented that.

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It’s believed that talks will begin with promoters to see who the stadium can secure for next summer and we asked Echo readers who they would like to see perform.

Hundreds of you had your say, with a mix of previous performers and new on your wish list.

The most popular former acts were Take That, who performed at the venue in 2009 and 2011, but this year performed at MIddlesbrough’s Riverside; Coldplay who put on a spectacular show in 2012; Pink who was the first female solo act to perform in 2010 and Bon Jovi who rocked the stage in 2013.

The Spice Girls performing to 50,000 at the Stadium of Light on June 6, 2019

North East Live, which ran from 2013-14, was another favourite.

Other acts you’d like to see, who would be making their SoL debut, are Muse, Fleetwood Mac, Eminem, Queen and Adam Lambert and The Rolling Stones who the club turned down last year because the promoter’s proposed date wasn’t suitable.

Reader Jackie Pattison said: “Coldplay, as they were brill when they were there a few years ago.”

Martyn Duffield said: “I would be happy for as many artists as possible to come to the SOL.

Last week's gig at the Stadium of Light attracted people from all over the world to Sunderland

“But my personal choice would have to be Eminem.”

Angela Chipp Dorward said: “North East Live used to be awesome. I don’t know why it stopped to be honest.”

Pink at the Stadium of Light in 2010
Take That's Circus Live in 2009. Picture by Dave Hogan