Beyoncé fans were pictured leaving multiple bags of waste outside the stadium as they attended the gig at the Stadium of Light last night (May 23).

Fans were pictured leaving copious amounts of waste outside as they made their way in to the gig in Sunderland last night.

As concertgoers queued for hours in the blazing heat on May 23, some fans took to bringing things like food and drinks to keep them going – then swiftly left them behind as they entered the stadium that was operating strict bag rules.

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Stewards working the match then proceeded to clear the many aisles set up for queuers and were forced to clear up after the fans who had abandoned items including chairs, food and single use plastics.

The Northern Echo attended the build up to the concert yesterday, speaking to fans who had travelled from as far as New Zealand and Brazil to catch a glimpse of Queen Bey.

Some fans, including Kelsey and Rachel from Liverpool, were first in the queue and waited from 12:30pm on May 22 to be first inside the Club Renaissance area.

Other fans camped outside and queued from as early as 4am on the day of the show with blankets and pillows; hoping they could get as close to the Texan megastar as they possibly could inside the venue.

By showtime, the stadium was packed as over 40,000 fans flocked to the Stadium of Light to see Beyonce take residence in Sunderland as she embarks on her Renaissance World Tour.

The Northern Echo: A view from inside the stadium for Beyoncé's gig.A view from inside the stadium for Beyoncé's gig. (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

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The show started slightly late at around 8:30pm, as fans continued to pour into the venue and find their seats ahead of what was an extravagant night of old classics and new favourites.

This was the first appearance the pop icon has made in the North East since her Formation tour in 2016, having also previously performed in Cardiff and Edinburgh on this round of shows.