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Tickets for Northampton Weller gig go on sale today

Paul Weller

Paul Weller

Demand is expected to be high when tickets go on sale today for a concert at Delapre Park which will be headlined by Paul Weller.

It was announced this week that the former frontman of The Jam will play on the first night of a three-day music festival held in the grounds of the Northampton abbey in July next year.

Tickets for the Paul Weller performance, on July 19, go on sale at 9am tomorrow with an initial 6,500 available and an extra 2,500 could be added depending on demand.

Northampton Borough Councillor, Brandon Eldred, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “Hopefully tickets for the first night
of the festival will sell very quickly.

“Looking at other gigs that Paul Weller does across the country, they are always sold out.

“We have a massive catchment area of music fans as the town has good access to the M1 and I’m sure there will be Paul Weller fans from all over the country attending.”

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of the council, said more “big name” acts would be announced for the second two days of the music festival.

“I’m really excited that Paul Weller will be the first act at Delapre.

“We are aiming for more big names which will give the festival a range of performers so there is something for all ages and music tastes.”

Councillor Mackintosh said the music festival had
been called Alive at Delapre Park to reflect the town “coming to life” at a time when a lot of building work was being
carried out.

Plans for the festival were revealed by Northampton Borough Council earlier this year and it is hoped the concerts will be similar to events organised by the Forestry Commission.

The council has committed to holding the event for at least three years.

There are no plans to allow people to camp overnight.

Since his early years as a member of the Jam and The Style Council, Weller has been at the heart of the English music scene, and has released 10 solo albums.

He has been won a number of BRIT awards, an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award and the Godlike Genius Award from NME.

Tickets cost £39 (plus booking fee) and go on sale at 9am on Friday, November 23, from the Royal & Derngate box office (no transaction charge but booking fee applies if purchased in person).

To book by phone call Northampton 624811 or online at
seetickets.com or ticketmaster.co.uk

Northampton has been without a major music festival since the Balloon Festival on The Racecourse.

Almost 80,000 people attended the last event in 2008, which featured a headline performance by Rick Astley.

Other well known music stars to have performed in Northampton at the balloon festival include Rachel Stevens, Ronan Keating and The Sugababes.

Paul Weller already has a link to Northampton in that his keyboard player Andy Crofts formed his band The Moons in the town.

The support acts for Paul Weller’s gig at Delapre are expected to be announced in the next couple of months.

 

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