A WORLD famous artist is set to take to the stage for the first-ever gig in front of 20,000 people at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
It has been revealed the ground will host a massive concert in June – but the identity of the artist remains a closely-guarded secret.
The gig is being organised by the team behind the Lytham Proms concerts, St Annes based event organisers Cuffe and Taylor, and has been hailed by tourism chiefs as a massive boost for Blackpool.
A spokesman for Cuffe and Taylor said: “All the big international artists want to play arenas and football clubs, and we want to be able to bring that calibre of artist to the Fylde coast, so we are very excited to be working with the club to allow us to do just that.
“The name of the artist cannot be disclosed at this stage, but we know the concert will sell out fast due to their world renowned popularity.”
The company revealed a total of 20,000 tickets will be made available for the gig, which will be held on Sunday, June 3.
It is the first time Bloomfield Road has been turned into a concert venue, and it is hoped the concert will be repeated if it is a success.
A club spokesman said: “We have been approached by other promoters in the past to hold a concert within the grounds, but nothing has come of it.
“This will be the very first time we hold an event of this type, and we’re more than happy Cuffe and Taylor will be there to put on a quality production.”
News of the concert, which is being staged to coincide with the Bank Holiday weekend for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, has been welcomed across Blackpool.
Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “This is great news for the resort and for the stadium as well. Blackpool is definitely the place to be for live events.”
It is hoped visitors will make a weekend of their trip to the resort and Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, said: “It’s absolutely what we would love to see more of. It’s good for the football club and it’s good for Blackpool.”
Dave Daly, licensee at The Castle on Central Drive, added: “It’s absolutely fantastic. The night-time economy will boom because people won’t just come for the concert they will come for the whole weekend.”