EIGHTIES POP legends A-ha have announced they are to play The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington.

The Norwegian trio – best known for mega hits Take on Me and The Sun Always Shines on TV – play Mowden Park RFC's venue on Sunday, June 17, as part of their 2018 UK tour.

And to celebrate the event The Northern Echo has four pairs of tickets to give away.

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The band, comprising singer Morten Harket, guitarist Pal Waaktaar-Savoy and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, have released ten studio and two live albums, plus their just-released MTV Unplugged album, since shooting to fame in 1985.

Harket said: "We do feel a close affinity to the UK and our fans there. We have also seen fans travel to our shows to and within the UK and welcome all.

"It's exciting to play outdoors and take our music to locations which are not traditional arena touring places.

"As ever we always want to do things in a new way, to keep things exciting for our fans. We are very much looking forward to playing in Darlington."

A-ha's summer outdoor tour will see them perform a full electric set, promising their biggest hits as well as new material. They will be joined by a full new band including string section.