MOVE over Glastonbury – the Proms have arrived!
Work has begun to transform Lytham Green from picturesque open space to a dazzling concert venue ahead of this weekend’s three-day musical extravaganza.
Status Quo, Katherine Jenkins and Boyzone are headlining Lytham’s biggest-ever music festival, with 21,000 fans expected to descend on the Green across the weekend.
And local organisers Cuffe and Taylor are promising an event that’s bigger and better than ever – complete with more toilets.
Peter Taylor, from the St Annes-based firm, said: “I can’t wait, it’s going to be absolutely fantastic.
“The stage looks amazing. Last year people said they wanted hot food and hot drinks so that’s going to be available, there’s going to be bars and there’s going to be lots of toilets.
“That was a big comment last year with people saying there weren’t enough but this year there will be plenty.
“Everybody is going to be really well looked after when they come to Lytham Proms.”
It’s expected to take five days to erect the giant stage, more than twice as long as it took to create the arena for last year’s one-night event.
And this year a solid fence will ensure only paying punters get a glimpse of the star-studded line-up.
Mr Taylor added: “It’s quite a sizeable build. We’ve put a solid green fence up this year because we had a lot of comments last year about people standing outside and watching for free.
“The stage will be finished Thursday night. We’ve not raised the roof yet, that will be the last job they do.
“It’s a massive site, we’re really looking forward to it.”
Rehearsals will be taking place all day on Friday, and Mr Taylor said there “might be one or two people arriving early” to check out the area.
Tickets are still available for all three nights – with Status Quo headlining Friday, Katherine Jenkins on Saturday and Boyzone on Sunday – and an on-site box office has been set up to try to ensure a 7,000 capacity crowd enjoy all the acts.
And local businesses are hoping they’ll reap the benefits of a successful festival on their doorsteps.
Robert Silverwood, vice-chairman of Lytham Enterprise Group, said: “If we get the spin-off from these events we imagine we might it will be a total win-win for Lytham and the area.
“If we get the weather and the volume of people we’re hoping then it’s that invisible thing afterwards, where people think it’s a really nice area and come back or are staying overnight and explore the area.
“I just hope Cuffe and Taylor make enough money to do it again next year.”