Seat Unique Riverside, the home of Durham CCC, makes for a fantastic concert venue. Here are the biggest Durham concerts taking place in 2023, and a list of previous shows at the venue.

Last updated: 17/02/2023 at 09:00 AM

Seat Unique Riverside, home to the famous Durham County Cricket Club, is a 17,000-seater multipurpose stadium with first-class event facilities.

Concerts at Seat Unique Riverside are notoriously incredible - the stadium’s rounded shape and the plethora of pitch space enables fans to watch the show with the best views possible, as they soak up the glorious summer sunshine and have the ultimate open-air concert experience.

The ground has previously played host to some of the world's biggest artists. Looking forward to 2023, Seat Unique Riverside could again be the chosen venue for some huge concerts this year.

Keep reading to find out all the huge upcoming concerts taking place at Durham's home ground in 2023 and how you can secure VIP tickets to them all, as well as the best events that have happened in the past.


Rod Stewart

British music icon and all-round showman Rod Stewart is scheduled to hit the stage at Seat Unique Riverside in June for a fantastic night of toe-taping sing-along tunes.

As one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Rod Stewart has captivated audiences around the world with his soulful voice and electrifying performances.

With his fantastic audience engagement, brilliant anecdotes, and high-energy stage performances, his concerts are a true feast for the senses and a must-attend event for any music lover.

The concert comes as part of Stewart's new 2023 'Global Hits' tour, with special guests Johnny Mac and the Faithful. The tour could be the last great Rod Stewart tour, with the singer confirming that he will be retiring from 'Rock and Roll touring'.

The legendary entertainer has a huge catalogue of smash hits to perform live, such as 'Maggie May', 'Baby Jane' and 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy' which will surely make for a memorable night of upbeat rock and roll anthems that you won't want to miss.

VIP tickets and hospitality packages for Rod The Mod's Durham show are on sale now.

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The Who

Legendary English music pioneers The Who are scheduled to hit the stage at Seat Unique Riverside in July of 2023 for a massive night of hard rock in continuation of their ‘The Who Hits Back!’ tour.

The ‘Pinball Wizard’ singers were formed in London in 1963 and are one of the most successful bands of all time, selling over 100 million records worldwide. The original members of the band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The band revolutionised the music industry with their development of the Marshall Stack, use of synthesisers, influential playing style, and development of rock opera. Their influence on music spreads over many different genres, including punk rock, power pop and mod.

The show in Durham comes off the back of the band’s ‘The Who Hits Back!’ tour of North America in 2022. The tour saw the band play 29 dates across the continent, starting in Hollywood, Florida, and ending in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

The band has a fantastic catalogue of smash hits to play live including ‘My Generation’ and ‘I Can See For Miles’, making for a truly unmissable night of music at Seat Unique Riverside.

VIP tickets and hospitality tickets for this amazing show are on sale now. Get yours through Seat Unique and don't miss out on a night of music from one of the UK’s most iconic bands.

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Previous concerts at Seat Unique Riverside

Seat Unique Riverside has played host to some of the music industry's top stars over the years, here are some of the biggest artists to take the stage at the iconic home of Durham CCC.

Elton John

The ‘Rocketman’ brought his European tour to Seat Unique Riverside back in 2006. The ‘Crocodile Rock’ singer put on a fantastic show, with Welsh rock band The Stories opening the festivities.

Ever the showman, and coupled with his iconic piano, Elton put on a blockbuster performance that blew the proverbial roof off of the stadium.

The set played by John consisted of all his biggest hits, including ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Bennie and The Jets’ and ‘Saturday Nights Alright (For Fighting)’.

The 'Rocketman'  is currently on the road for his final 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour across the UK, get your tickets now from our website.

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Little Mix

Record-breaking girl group Little Mix performed at Seat Unique Riverside in 2017, as part of their ‘The Glory Days Tour’ of Europe and Japan.

The X Factor winners put on quite the show for Jade Thirlwall’s and Perrie Edwards's homecoming gig, with hits like ‘Black Magic’, ‘Salute’ and ‘Shoutout to My Ex’ coming thick and fast throughout the set.

The concert left fans buzzing, with young fan Amelia Laidlaw saying “This was my first ever concert and I don't think it's one I'll ever forget” when speaking to the Sunderland Echo after the show.

Michael Bublé

The undisputed king of Christmas brought his traditional pop sound to Seat Unique Riverside just last year on his ‘An Evening With Michael Bublé’ tour.

The star performed some of his biggest hits such as ‘Haven't Met You Yet’ and ‘Feeling Good’ in front of a packed out Durham crowd, and the singer even brought his own orchestra to make the gig extra special.

The two-hour set was a mixture of fantastic talent and showmanship, and Bublé had the crowd eating out the palm of his hand for the entirety of the show.

Diana Ross

Motown icon Diana Ross brought her ‘Thank You Tour’ to Durham’s home ground in 2022, and blew the audience away with her unbelievable vocals.

Even at the age of 78 Diana Ross is an absolute megastar, and she proved deserving of that title when she treated fans to a fantastic set including all of her greatest hits.

Coming just days after her headline performance at Glastonbury Festival, the ‘Baby Love’ singer had the packed stadium in a trance as she effortlessly glided around the stage.

How can I be there?

Seat Unique is delighted to be officially working with Seat Unique Riverside to provide fans greater access to official premium tickets and hospitality tickets.

When you book premium hospitality tickets for an event through Seat Unique, you will get guaranteed entry to the event, watch the show from the best seats in the house and benefit from a number of luxury perks such as*:

  • Premium luxury seating with unrivalled views of the show
  • Delicious multiple-course meals.
  • Access to private VIP lounges.
  • An open bar serving a number of premium beverages.

*Inclusions vary depending on the choice of package.

To keep up to date with all concerts happening at Seat Unique Riverside check out the page below.

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