Wednesday morning has seen Newcastle United announce that Ed Sheeran will be including St James Park in his tour venues next year.
After a poorly attended Kings of Leon gig in 2014, it looked as though Newcastle had ditched the idea of trying to bring in extra cash via music events.
The stadium having hosted the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones in the distant past, before Mike Ashley took over.
Sunderland had become regulars at hosting big name bands/artists but nothing has been scheduled for this summer as they concentrated on getting relegated.
Newcastle United official announcement:
Newcastle United is delighted to announce that Ed Sheeran will be performing at St. James’ Park as part of his nationwide stadium tour in 2018.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheeran – who headlined this year’s Glastonbury Festival – will take to the stage at St. James’ Park on Friday, 8th June 2018 as part of what is expected to be one of the UK’s biggest tour routings of next year.
The 26-year-old’s concert at the home of the Magpies will be the fourth of his six UK dates, following shows at Belfast’s Boucher Playing Fields, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park and preceding a further two dates at Wembley Stadium and a gig at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Sheeran, whose third studio album ‘÷’ is the best-selling album of 2017 to date, will become the first artist to perform at St. James’ Park since the Kings of Leon in 2014.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Saturday, 8th July at 10am at www.edsheeran.com.