BOY band Blue are coming to Huddersfield.

They will play in front of up to 35,000 fans at the McAlpine Stadium on Saturday, July 31.

Blue are replacing Sir Elton John, whose gig at the stadium earlier in the summer is now off.

Blue's stadium appearance is among a summer of live shows by the band.

Stadium chiefs were today celebrating their coup in landing one of the UK's biggest pop acts.

Tickets for the Huddersfield date go on sale at the stadium on Tuesday, April 13.

They will cost between £22 and £28.

Ralph Rimmer, chief executive of Kirklees Stadium Development, said today: "We're absolutely delighted to have got them.

"They don't get much bigger than Blue and a lot of people have worked very hard to secure their appearance in Huddersfield."

He said it would be a great way of celebrating the 10th birthday of the award-winning £35m stadium.

Blue went into the charts at No 4 last weekend with their new single, Breathe Easy.

Mr Rimmer said: "We want to bring other major acts to the stadium. We hope this is the first of those."

Blue - whose four singers are Duncan James, 25, Anthony Costa, 21, Lee Ryan, 20 and Simon Webbe, 25 - put out their first single in May, 2001.

Since then they have sold 5m albums and 2.9m singles.

Elton John had been pencilled in to play at the McAlpine on Saturday, June 12.

But he is now flying to Austria instead for a concert in Vienna to mark the 51st birthday of grocery chain Billa.

Blue will be in Huddersfield the day after going on stage at Newmarket racecourse.