Overseas Rod fans flooding to resort in big show frenzy

Tickets for Rod Stewart's gig at Bloomfield Road went on open sale yesterday.
Tickets for Rod Stewart's gig at Bloomfield Road went on open sale yesterday.
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Organisers of Rod Stewart’s history-making gig in Blackpool are “thrilled” with first day ticket sales.

The Scottish legend will become the first ever music artist to perform at the re-developed Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road when he arrives in town next June.

Tickets went on general sale yesterday and promoters Cuff & Taylor say the phone lines were buzzing.

Peter Taylor said: “To say we are happy is putting it mildly.

“We have sold a significant number of the whole allocation and the demand was so high that the ticket website was running very slowly for the first couple of hours after they went on sale.

“A lot of the seating blocks have already gone and it is fair to say the sales have exceeded what we expected.

“I am absolutely convinced it will be a sell out.”

The promoters aren’t allowed to give specific ticket numbers sold so far because of their contract with Stewart’s management.

But they did reveal more than 2,000 people from overseas, all members of the singer’s fan club, had bought tickets.

Taylor added: “There are people coming from Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia.

“Rod Stewart has a massive worldwide following and this Blackpool gig in particular seems to have captured the imagination.

“The knock on effect for the economy in Blackpool will be huge.”

Stewart hasn’t performed in Blackpool since 1974 when he was in The Faces.

It is hoped the Bloomfield Road gig will be a 25,000 sell out and will lead to other big-name artists coming to the resort.

Tickets for the gig – which is on Friday June 20 – are available at www.ticketline.co.uk or by phone on 0844 888 9991.

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