Blackpool-based fans of legendary American musician Bob Dylan have shared their excitement after the announcement he will play three dates at the Winter Gardens in November.
Dan Atkinson, owner of Rock Hard Studios, in Cocker Street, North Shore, admitted he would be one of the many thousands trying to get tickets for one of the gigs.
He said: “It’s good for Blackpool to get these sorts of artists playing here.
“There’s always going to be a call for bigger artists to play the larger venues here and you’re never going to get rid of that. The Winter Gardens is a fantastic place for these sorts of gigs to be played.”
Tickets for the three Blackpool gigs went on sale at 9am this morning and sold out within a matter of hours.
Dylan, 72, is set to play only two other UK venues this year - in London and Glasgow.
Hoteliers near the Winter Gardens are also hoping for an out-of-season spike in guests when the gigs take place.
Stuart Caddick runs The Carlton Hotel, on Albert Road, in central Blackpool.
He said: “It’s obviously always good for us when the big names come to town.”
Dylan has sold more than 100 million records during his career, with six number one albums in the UK. Dave Lawson, 53, from Poulton, has seen Bob Dylan live in concert 16 times.
He said: “It was a massive shock when I heard - the nearest I have ever seen him is Manchester. I have seen him in Sheffield, Birmingham, London and Liverpool but to see him in my home town will be great. It’s long overdue.”