Sunderland’s Stadium of Light was rocked to its core as thousands of music fans flocked to see US rock gods, Foo Fighters, take to the Wearside stage.
The evening’s entertainment was kicked off by upcoming Irish rock band The Strypes, before UK music giants Kaiser Chiefs burst into action in dramatic fashion, warming up the already energetic crowd with a selection of their top hits - and the frenzied atmosphere continued as the main act took to the stage.
The Grammy Award-winning rock band lit up Wearside, delivering a spectacular 30-song set, showcasing all of their classic hits.
An energetic opening featured crowd favourite ‘Everlong’, followed by the classic ‘Learn To Fly’ and a host of other worldwide hits, interspersed with songs from the band’s latest album.
Charismatic frontman Dave Grohl heaped praise on the lively Stadium of Light crowd for their enthusiastic welcome, referring back to the band's last visit to Sunderland, which saw them play the Radio One Big Weekend at Herrington Park in 2005.
Around 50,000 die-hard fans travelled from as far afield as Belgium for the show, which kicked off the UK leg of their ‘Sonic Highways’ European tour - and their memorable night was topped off with a rousing rendition of the band’s iconic anthem ‘Best of You’, which brought the show to a stunning climax.
Steve Walton, event manager, SJM Concerts said: "Once again the Stadium of Light has delivered a fantastic music event. The joined up approach between the football club and its city partners makes hosting concerts here a seamless experience.
"Everyone had a great night and the show kicked off the tour in real style."
Sunderland AFC’s commercial director, Gary Hutchinson, said: “It was a fantastic show and Foo Fighters certainly lived up to their reputation as one of the best stadium acts in the world.
"There is a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to get a stadium show up and running and to see it come to fruition in such tremendous style gives everyone a great sense of satisfaction.
“Once again, as a city we have demonstrated that by working together we can deliver major events in spectacular fashion and my thanks go to all the partners, organisations and individuals involved in the planning, preparation and successful delivery of the event.”