Rihanna: 20th June 2013

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light welcomed more than 57,000 music fans last night as Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour wowed Wearside.

The R&B superstar sparkled at what was the Stadium of Light’s biggest-ever concert, entertaining the tens of thousands of fans with her spectacular stage show.

French DJ sensation David Guetta got the party started in dramatic fashion, warming up the already lively crowd with a selection of his high tempo dance tunes - and the party atmosphere continued as the main act took to the stage.

Fans were treated to a stunning set punctuated with dazzling pyrotechnics and lasers, as The Grammy-winning star worked her way through her repertoire of hits including ‘Umbrella’, ‘Rude Boy’ and ‘Diamonds’.

At the end of a spectacular night, the Bajan star departed the stage with the words “Sunderland, I love you” – and from the crowd’s reaction, Sunderland loved Rihanna too.

Sunderland AFC commercial director, Gary Hutchinson, said: “Rihanna is one of the most popular artists in the world at the moment so to be able to welcome her to the Sunderland was simply fantastic. 

"In terms of audience numbers, it was the biggest show we have ever staged at the Stadium of Light and it went very well overall, which is testament to the hard work of all of those involved.”

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