Bloomfield Road gig is kicked into touch

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A MASSIVE concert expected to bring a worldwide star and 20,000 fans to Blackpool has been cancelled.

It had been hoped Bloomfield Road – home of Blackpool FC – would stage its first-ever gig this weekend, but the promoters have revealed they failed to secure the star they were after.

St Annes-based Cuffe and Taylor – the company behind Lytham Proms – said clashing tour dates for the mystery performer had made organising the event impossible.

But it is not the end of the road for concerts at the ground – the company hopes to be able to bring the venue into use next year, and said discussions with officials at the club would continue.

Peter Taylor, from Cuffe and Taylor, said: “The artist could not change their tour for this year but we are looking to do something with the club in 2013.

“We are actively working with them and it’s a venue we’re keen to use in Blackpool.

“You can get more people in Bloomfield Road than you can on the Tower Headland.”

The Tower Headland will host its first concerts next month, when global superstar Elton John takes to the stage on June 16 followed by boybands The Wanted and McFly – a concert Cuffe and Taylor is organising alongside Marketing Blackpool – on June 23.

And Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool, said although losing the Bloomfield Road concert was disappointing, the town still had plenty to offer visitors this summer.

She said: “It’s unfortunate the concert has not come off but we have a lot going on this year and there is lots and lots on offer for visitors and residents already.

“The problem with having such an amazing year, we don’t want next year to be any less of a year, and we have to build on this year.

“Hopefully the Headland will attract more artists next year and if Cuffe and Taylor can organise the Bloomfield Road concert it will be marvellous.”