Fans up bright and early to secure tickets for Paul Weller’s Northampton show

Helen Chown with her Paul Weller tickets
Helen Chown with her Paul Weller tickets

Paul Weller fans were up bright and early this morning to get their hands on tickets for the mod legend’s show in Northampton.

People queued at the Royal and Derngate as early as 8am to get tickets for the gig at Delapre Park, which was announced on Monday.

Weller will play on the first night of a three-day music festival, held in the grounds of the Northampton abbey on July 19 next year.

An initial 6,500 tickets were made available, and another 2,500 could be released depending on demand.

Fans in the queue said they were delighted such a big name was coming to town.

Helen Chown, aged 40, of West Haddon, said: “Well done to the Derngate for opening early. I came down at 8am to make sure I got tickets.

“I am a big fan. I bought them for my husband as a birthday treat. We have seen a lot of his concerts, starting at university with The Jam.

“Well done to Delapre as well. It is good for Northampton. I think the town is really beginning to go somewhere.”

Dominic Graham, aged 26, of Kingsway, Kingsthorpe, added: “I’m quite a big fan - not die-hard, but enough to come and queue up at 9am.

“It is quite a big coup for the town. I’m going with a group of four mates.”

Helen Partridge, aged 46, of Abington said: “I love Weller and The Jam. A lot of my friends think he is arrogant, but I am just coming because I love the music.

“Delapre is going to have a fantastic atmosphere. We’ve had a few good names here now and I hope Paul Weller is going to be good.”