Win: Three shows for free in bumper Sunderland Empire giveaway

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Classic tracks will be brought to life on the Empire stage as a trio of tribute shows heads to the theatre – and we have a pair of tickets to give away to each.

First up is The ELO Experience, on June 30.

The Orbison Story

The Orbison Story

A tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra, the act pays homage to the legacy left by Jeff Lynne and the band who, between 1972 and 1986, achieved more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other.

Hits performed on the night will include 10538 Overture, Evil Woman, Living Thing, Diary of Horace Wimp, Don’t Bring me Down and Mr Blue Sky.

Blending rock rhythms with classical influences, ELO also released many classic albums such as A New World Record, Discovery and Out of the Blue, and many sell out tours further established them as one of the most important and influential bands ever.

The ELO Experience, which is this year celebrating its 10th year, reproduces the songs and sounds, combining a string section, a light show and large screen projection.

Next month will see the Illegal Eagles landing on the stage.

Performing on July 1, the Eagles tribute make a welcome return to recreate the distinctive sound of The Eagles which has won them international acclaim.

Featuring the classics, Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, and many more, this latest production also features a special tribute to the late Glenn Frey, one of the original founding members of the Eagles.

The following month, on August 6, Barry Steele & Friends: The Orbison Story will take to the stage.

This year marks what would have been Roy Orbison’s 80th birthday, and to mark this milestone a new production is touring the UK.

Barry Steele & Friends: The Orbison Story is a celebration of The Big O’s legacy, as Barry takes audiences on a musical journey from the early sun years through to the late 80s.

The American singer-songwriter, famed for his distinctive impassioned voice, complex compositions, and dark-emotional ballads, passed away in 1988.

He left behind a catalogue of hits, 22 of which placed on the Billboard Top 40, including Only the Lonely, Crying and Oh, Pretty Woman.

The show also includes a special tribute to the time Roy spent with The Traveling Wilburys & Bono.

•The ELO Experience is at Sunderland Empire on June 30; The Illegal Eagles on July 1 and Barry Steele & Friends: The Orbison Story on August 6.

Tickets for each of the shows are available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* or online at*

*Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge. Booking fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.

l To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to one of the shows, answer this question: Which of these was a hit for The Eagles?

A) Hotel California

B) Californiation

C) California Dreamin’.

Send your answer with your name and contact details to Sunderland Empire Competition, Johnston Press, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, DH4 5RA.

Make sure to mark on the postcard/letter which show you would like to win tickets for, either The ELO Experience, Illegal Eagles or The Orbison Story.

Alternatively, you can email the above information to

Closing date: Tuesday, June 28. Winners will be notified ahead of the first show.