David Hart, one of the organisers from Nova International, has been speaking to ITV News about how this year's elite line-up has been particularly special.
More top news
The firm faced exceptional charges linked to the loss-making rail franchise, which saw profits at the company sink last year.
Mother of two Julie Parkin, 39, suffered knife wounds during the attack in Sunderland in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Singing superstar Ed Sheeran will play St James' Park in June 2018 as part of his nationwide tour.