Global superstar singer Rihanna is bringing her 2013 global tour to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light next summer.

The star’s huge worldwide Diamonds Tour  will kick-off in North America, before heading to Europe, stopping off in Wearside on Thursday 20 June, where the spectacular show will cap off the club’s summer music calendar.

Tickets for the show will go on sale from 9am on Tuesday 20 November (details below) and demand is expected to be exceptionally high.

The 24-year old, who has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, burst onto the music scene in 2005 and has just released her seventh album, titled ‘Unapologetic’.

Vice President of Music a Live Nation, Steve Homer, said: “This is Rihanna’s biggest tour to date and we are very excited to bring the full show to the Stadium of Light, she has always enjoyed playing to her fans in the North East and this promised to be a highlight of the tour”

The support act for the Stadium of Light show will be dance music sensation David Guetta. The recipient of six Grammy Awards® and seven Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna has sold 146 million digital tracks worldwide and currently holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time.  Forbes named Rihanna the world’s #1 social media star with over 2.9 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, over 62.5 million Facebook fans, and over 26.5 million Twitter followers.

Rihanna has earned numerous awards and accolades during her career, including five American Music Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards and five Grammy Awards. She has achieved a total of eleven number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the youngest solo artist to achieve the feat.

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 is simply fantastic. We are expecting to see phenomenal demand for this show, given the artists global popularity and this could be set to be the biggest show we have ever staged here.

He continued: “It’s another great coup for the city, helping to seal our reputation as one of the biggest and best venues for live music in the country. We are also delighted to be working with Live Nation once again, the leading promoter in the world, who also brought Bruce Springsteen to the Stadium of Light last year. ”

TICKET INFORMATION (on sale from 9am, Tuesday 20th November):

By phone or online:
0844 844 0444
Stadium of Light (on sale from 9am, Tuesday 20 November:
A limited number of general admission tickets are available from the SoL ticket office, priced at £50. A small mumber of Golden Circle tickets priced at £60 are also available These tickets are for STANDING/UNRESERVED, which allows access to the pitch and the unreserved seats in Tier 1 of the stadium only or the Golden Circle.

The maximum number of tickets per person is EIGHT and a booking fee of £4.75 per ticket will be charged on ALL credit/debit card transactions. There is NO booking fee for cash sales.

Purchasers will be issued with a voucher NOT a ticket. This voucher can be redeemed for an actual concert ticket nearer the time of the show.

Important information – age restrictions:
No persons under 14 years of age are permitted on the pitch area.  Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18e. Children aged five or under must purchase a reserved seat.