Excitement builds as Beyonce gets set to wow Wearside

Getting ready for Queen Bey

Getting ready for Queen Bey

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Thousands of excited Beyonce fans have started streaming into the Stadium of Light.

After months of anticipation, the global star will kick off the European leg of her Formation world tour tonight.

Rebecca Gibson, Chloe Hogg, Jess Little and Demi Hindhaugh

Rebecca Gibson, Chloe Hogg, Jess Little and Demi Hindhaugh

For the past six days, crews have been installing one of the biggest stages ever hosted at the home of the Black Cats, dominating a third of the pitch with a central walkway and a second smaller stage in the middle of the pitch.

Golden circle ticket holders, some of whom have been queuing since the early hours of the morning, were the first admitted as they raced to get to the best view of their idol.

They're looking forward to a mix of her classic hits, as well as new tracks from her latest album, Lemonade.

Jess Little, 20, made the journey from Amble, Northumberland, to see the gig with friends Rebecca Gibson, 24, Chloe Hogg, 20 and Demi Hindhaugh.

Vicky Bewick and Jade Thompson

Vicky Bewick and Jade Thompson

She said: "I saw her a few years ago at Newcastle Arena and she's amazing live, I can't wait to see what kind of show she puts on for us tonight. I'm really looking forward to her performing Formation, it's really different to her earlier tracks."

Vicky Bewick, 41, from Chester-le-Street, has joined the 52,000 at the gig with daughter Jade Thompson, 18.

Vicky said: "This is my first gig at the Stadium of Light and, despite the weather, it's been a great atmosphere so far. The stewards have kept us entertained."

Sunderland University students Maddie Salmon, 23, and Jenni Hawkins, 22, are in the standing section.

Jennie Hawkins and Maddie Salmon

Jennie Hawkins and Maddie Salmon

Maddie, from Gateshead, said: "We've got really high hopes for her, we just hope she doesn't disappoint,"

Jenni said: "I'm really looking forward to tracks from Lemonade, it feels more personal, rather than just an extension of Destiny's Child."

Beyonce is due on stage at 8pm with an, as yet unannounced support act due on stage at 7pm.

Fans outside the Stadium of Light

Fans outside the Stadium of Light

Dressed for the weather

Dressed for the weather

Beyonce fans at the Stadium of Light

Beyonce fans at the Stadium of Light