Excitement is building as Michael Bublé is set to play to 11,000 fans at the Seat Unique Riverside in Chester-Le-Street on Wednesday (July 6) night.

The Canadian crooner and Grammy award-winner is visiting the region for one night only on his much-anticipated ‘An Evening with Michael Bublé’ tour.

He was originally set to perform at the Riverside in 2020, then 2021, but both dates were cancelled because of the Covid pandemic.

Bublé fans are set to be singing and dancing along to some of his most popular songs including ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ and ‘It’s a Beautiful Day’.

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Bublé follows in the footsteps of Diana Ross who took to the stage at the Riverside last Wednesday (June 29) night.

Bryan Adams was also set to perform at the venue on Tuesday (July 5) but cancelled last month due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the show:

What are the timings for the gig?

Car parks will open at 3pm for eager fans wanting to get to the venue early, while the box office will open at 4pm for ticket collections.

According to event organisers, gates will open at 5pm with Michael Bublé due to come on stage at around 8.15pm.

The gig is expected to finish at around 10pm with last entry at 9.30 for any late arrivals.

Will I be sat down or standing?

All tickets are standing only with two ticket types for concertgoers. Those in the Golden Circle area will be closest to the stage with general admissions slightly further behind.

Seating is available in the cricket ground’s stands however anyone choosing to seat here will be sat far away from the stage.

Which entrance gate do I use?

Golden Circle ticketholders should use Gate 2 to enter the Seat Unique Riverside.

All General Admissions should use Gates 3, 4 and 5, with accessible entry at Gate 5.

Who is supporting Michael Bublé?

There will be no support act for the concert.

Can I take a bag into the stadium?

Event organisers have said that only small handbags will be allowed into the stadium.

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

Concertgoers are not allowed to take their own food and drink into the venue, expect from unopened bottles of water smaller than 500ml.

Venue bosses say there will be several catering units available on the site with a range of food and drink options.

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 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.

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Where can I park?         

There will be parking around the Seat Unique Riverside, just off the A167 for concertgoers available at £10 per car. Organisers have encouraged ticketholders to purchase parking in advance to avoid disappointment.

A park and ride service is also available to Rainton Arena, with free parking and a £3 return fare per person for the bus journey.

Fans have been reminded not to park in the residential areas around the ground

What will the weather be like?

Forecasters say it will be 18C at 7pm when fans will be starting to pack out the stadium but the ‘feel like’ temperature will be lower at 14C.

It will be mostly cloudy with just a 10% chance of showers.

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What is the setlist?

Promoters are keeping tight-lipped on the setlist for the event but say that fans can expect enjoy Bublé’s ‘world-class showmanship’.

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