Fans have started arriving at the Stadium of Light to see Elton John perform in Sunderland as part of his farewell tour.

The music legend, famous for hits such as Your Song and I'm Still Standing, is visiting the North East for one night only on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, billed as his final ever tour.

Concertgoers have been encouraged to arrive early and plan their journeys to avoid long queues.

Sunderland BID has been running a packed programme of outdoor activity between 12 and 6 across the whole city centre on Sunday including circus performances and wandering musicians.

Gates opened at approximately 4:30pm with Elton John due to come on stage around 7pm.

It is expected to run until around 9.45pm

Here are some photos of fans arriving at the stadium this evening:

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Extra bus and Metro services will be running before and after the gig.

Those using the Metro are advised to leave plenty of time to get to Sunderland before the concert, and to use St Peter’s or Stadium of Light Metro stations afterwards, where extra staff and queue management will be in place.

The last train towards Newcastle leaves St Peter’s at 23:59pm, or Stadium of Light at 00:00am.

The last train to South Hylton will leave Stadium of light at 23:43pm, calling at St Peter’s at 23:45pm.

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Roads surrounding the venue will be closed with no pick up and drop off areas immediately outside the stadium.

Drivers travelling from the south to use the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop people off in the city centre or at Dame Dorothy Street, with the Stadium of Light a short walk away.

There will be no parking available on the stadium grounds and drivers have been reminded that residential streets around the stadium are restricted with residential parking permits.

Council-run St Mary's and Sunniside Car Parks charge a flat rate of £2 to park all day on Sundays, with more than 1,300 city centre car parking spaces, plus on/off street parking available.

There are also several privately run car parks all within walking distance.

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There will be no support act for the concert to allow Elton to perform more of his greatest hits.

Organisers have said that all items and bags carried by attendees will be inspected upon entry and bags cannot be larger than a sheet of A4 paper.

Concertgoers are not permitted to bring their own food and drink into the stadium.

According to event organisers there will be an extensive range of food and drink available to purchase in the courtyard and stadium.

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