The Stadium of Light is preparing to host one of its biggest ever concerts with Beyonce set to perform in Sunderland next week.

More than 50,000 people will flock to the venue when the Grammy Award-winning singer performs on the opening night of the European leg of her 'Formation' world tour on June 28.

The concert involves one of the largest scale productions ever seen at the stadium. Over 100 trucks will be bringing in the vast amount of equipment needed and the stage build will take almost a week to complete.

The concert promoter and set-up crew moved on-site over the weekend to begin the huge task of preparing the stadium.

An external courtyard area, designed to house pre-show entertainment, food courts and bars, is also set to be constructed, giving concert-goers an ideal area to meet before the show.

Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director at Sunderland AFC, said:

Preparing the stadium for a concert is a huge task and our team is working hard to ensure that we will be in a fantastic shape for the show. There is a tremendous amount of planning goes into a major event such as this, from safety, facilities, catering and of course with our partners across the region such as the city council, police and transport agencies and we are all looking forward to what is set to be a spectacular show.

Gary Hutchinson
Set-up crews covering the pitch at the Stadium of Light Credit: Sunderland AFC