THE stage is set for a pop-tastic weekend as stars past and present gear up to rock the Fylde coast.
This year’s Lytham Proms is just four days away – and work is well under way to build the event’s most spectacular stage for its biggest-ever concerts.
Fleetwood opera star Alfie Boe’s Saturday show is already a sell-out, and organisers are urging fans to snap up tickets for Friday and Sunday’s events.
Both the 1980’s stars of Here and Now on the Friday and Olly Murs on Sunday are set to perform to near-capacity crowds.
Peter Taylor, from organisers Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Ticket sales are considerably up on last year.
“They are the best they have ever been. Alfie Boe is sold out and there are still tickets for the 80s night on Friday and Olly Murs on Sunday, but they may sell out too.
“Alfie Boe is the first Lytham Proms event which has sold out and we’re very proud. Every year the event gets better and better.”
The layout for this year’s Proms – which take place on Lytham Green close to the iconic windmill and in conjunction with The Gazette as media partners – will be similar to last year, with the stage facing the road.
But it is a bigger set-up than previously – and Cuffe and Taylor are promising an even more memorable series of shows.
Mr Taylor added: “Work on the stage has started and it will be done by Wednesday night.
“It’s slightly bigger than last year and we have a new lighting rig with three times more lighting than last year, so it’s more spectacular.
“Everybody is excited about the weekend, this is the event we started with and it’s the big one of the year for us.
“It’s going to be something very special and there will be a few surprises along the way.”
Pat Sharp will open Friday night’s 80s party with a DJ set before the Here and Now stars take over the stage with acts including Bananarama, Rick Astley and Belinda Carlisle all set to perform.
And on Saturday night it is Lytham Community Choirs’ big moment, as the 300-strong group of local singers take to the stage to support Opera star Alfie Boe.
Sunday will see chart-topper Olly Murs arrive on the Fylde coast – fresh from supporting boyband One Direction on their American tour – backed up by former X-Factor contestant Diana Vickers.
It is only the second time the Proms have been held over three nights after Status Quo, Katherine Jenkins and Boyzone headlined on the Green last year.
DON’T MISS WEDNESDAY’S GAZETTE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN VIP TICKETS TO SEE OLLY MURS ON THE FINAL NIGHT OF LYTHAM PROMS.