Rod Stewart’s much-anticipated appearance in Lancashire tomorrow night (Friday June, 20) is set to boost the county’s economy by a bumper £2m.
That’s the economic spin off for local traders, including hoteliers, restaurant owners and publicans, Rod’s concert in Blackpool – believed to be the resort’s biggest ever live music event – will bring to the county.
More than 20,000 fans have snapped up the chance to see the 69-year-old at Bloomfield Road – his first appearance in the town since a Faces gig in December 1974.
Leading Lancashire-based promoters Cuffe & Taylor, whose head offices are in Bartle, near Preston, have pulled off a major coup by bringing Rod to the resort, after clinching a hat-trick of his shows at football grounds across the country.
With the final few tickets about to sell out for Blackpool, it promises to be a massive night for Rod fans – and Lancashire businesses.
It’s part of just a handful of shows the star is performing in the UK this summer on a short tour of football stadia and a cricket ground.
Concert promoter Peter Taylor says the financial benefits to Lancashire are phenomenal. Peter is concert director of Cuffe & Taylor, which is also behind the highly-successful Lytham Proms Festival, another major contributor to the county’s economy.
He said: “We estimate that Rod’s appearance in Lancashire will give the county’s economy a welcome £2m boost, particularly on the Fylde Coast and surrounding areas. Businesses across a range of sectors will benefit from the influx of Rod fans to the county.
“Hoteliers, pubs and restaurants as well as shops will be among those feeling the benefit. We’re already hearing that business is looking good across the Fylde Coast.
“And, because the show is on a Friday, that feelgood factor is also being spread throughout the weekend.
“We’re all tremendously excited by the concert and Rod can’t wait either. It promises to be a real evening to remember.”
The last remaining tickets for the show are available from www.ticketline.co.uk or by calling 0844 888 9991, as well as a few last-minute VIP, coach and hotel packages.