LYTHAM Proms is gearing up for a record-breaking third sell-out show after Irish superstars Boyzone were confirmed as the stars for a special Sunday night performance.
The chart-topping four-piece have been revealed as the headline act for a third night of the festival – added after what organisers Cuffe and Taylor Event Management described as “phenomenal” demand for tickets for this year’s shows.
Boyzone join veteran rockers Status Quo and opera sensation Katherine Jenkins as part of the Lytham Proms line-up, with the festival now set to run between Friday, August 5 and Sunday, August 7.
A spokesman for St Annes-based Cuffe and Taylor said: “To think Boyzone will come to Lytham Green is amazing, and we are thrilled they chose to play our event over some of the larger more established ones. This is really going to put Lytham and St Annes on the map.
“The response to Lytham Proms 2011 has been phenomenal.
“Ticket sales for both Status Quo and Katherine Jenkins have been particularly strong. Adding an extra night is down to the demand from the public.
“We wanted to ensure the event has something for everyone, and feel that Boyzone fill that gap between rock and classical.”
The band are appearing as part of their “Brother” stadium tour, and it’s hoped a big name support act – The Saturdays and Shayne Ward are appearing at other venues with Boyzone – will be secured to appeared in Lytham.
This is the first time the Proms have been held on more than one night, and local businesses are celebrating the additional revenue turning the event into a three-day festival will bring.
Robert Silverwood, vice-chair of Lytham Enterprise Group, said: “It means a very eclectic choice over the three days – there’s something for all tastes.
“I think if people arrive soon enough and can have a good look round Lytham, that will be great.”
And Paul Rollings, who runs the Lindum hotel in St Annes and is involved with the Proms through Rowleys Outside Catering – who provide hospitality for the event – said: “I think it’s wonderful for Lytham and St Annes.
“Hopefully it will help the town get on the map and hopefully it will happen again next year.
“It’s good news for everyone – nobody can knock it.”
n Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday, March 25 priced from £37.50. And anyone who buys their ticket from Tickets, Please! – on 0844 880 6614 – or online at www.lythamproms.co.uk, will not have to pay a booking fee if the tickets are bought before 6pm on Monday, March 28.