Excitement is building as Diana Ross is set to play to 6,000 fans at the Seat Unique Riverside Stadium in Chester-Le-Street tomorrow (Wednesday, June 29) night.

The Motown legend is visiting the North East for one night only as part of her Thank You Summer 2022.

She is sure to have fans singing along to classics including Baby Love, Stop in the Name of Love, and You Keep me Hanging On.

Diana Ross headlined the Sunday (June 26) afternoon legends slot at Glastonbury last weekend and the Platinum Party at the Palace for the Queen’s Jubilee earlier this month.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the show:

What are the timings for the gig?

According to event organisers, car parks will open at 3pm, the box office will open at 4pm and gates will open at 5pm.

There is no time confirmed for the start of the show which is expected to run until 10.15pm.

Which entrance should I use?

Ticketholders should use different entrances based on their ticket type. All Gold Circle entry will be via Gate 5 and general admissions should use via Gate 3.

Will I be sat down or standing?

All attendees will be seated, with seating unreserved meaning the best seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Who is supporting Diana Ross?

Organisers are keeping tight-lipped about who will be supporting Diana Ross on Wednesday (June 29) with the support act set to be announced in due course.

Can I take a bag into the stadium?

Event organisers have said that only small handbags will be allowed into the stadium and these will be inspected on entry.

The Northern Echo: Archive Picture: The stage being built at the Riverside ahead of Rod Stewart performing there in June 2017. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTArchive Picture: The stage being built at the Riverside ahead of Rod Stewart performing there in June 2017. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Can I take my own food and drink into the stadium?

Concertgoers will not be allowed to bring their own food or drink into the venue.

Bosses at the stadium have said there will be ‘plenty’ of food and drink options available to purchase on the evening.

Is there public transport available?

Chester-Le-Street train station is just a 20-minute walk away from the Riverside Stadium and is served by Northern Rail, Cross Country and Trans Pennine Express train services.

The shuttle bus which runs from Durham Station to the Riverside on cricket days will not be running.

The last train from Chester-Le-Street heading south to Durham leaves at 22:33.

The final train heading north departs at 23:16.

The nearest bus stop to the Riverside is Market Place, at the Black Horse and is just a 5–10-minute walk away. It is just 2 stops away from the main bus station in Chester-Le-Street at Market Place.

Are there any road closures?

Event organisers say there are currently no plans for any road closures around the stadium but that stewards will do everything they can to manage the flow of concert attendees and traffic.

Where can I park?

There will be pay and display parking available around the Seat Unique Riverside stadium, just off the A167.

Venue bosses have reminded fans not to park in the residential areas around the ground.

What is the setlist?

Based on the setlist for her gig at the O2 Arena, London on Friday night (June 24), the setlist is expected to be as follows.

  1. I’m Coming Out
  2. More Today Than Yesterday (Spiral Starecase cover)
  3. My World is Empty Without You
  4. Baby Love
  5. Stop! In the Name of Love
  6. You Can’t Hurry Love
  7. Love Child
  8. Chain Reaction
  9. I’m Still Waiting
  10. Upside Down
  11. Love Hangover/Take Me Higher/Ease on Down the Road
  12. Why Do Falls Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
  13. If We Hold on Together
  14. If the World Just Danced
  15. Theme from Mahogany
  16. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover)
  17. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor cover)
  18. Thank You

What will the weather be like?

According to the Met Office there will be highs of 17C and lows of 16C which the temperature at 16C at the time of the concert.

Forecasters predict there will be a 30% chance of rain at 7pm so concertgoers may wish to wear their waterproofs.


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