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Biggest crowds yet for Lytham Festival

Lancashire’s Lytham Festival attracted its biggest attendance yet, as a capacity crowd of 22,500 witnessed rock legends Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe bring the curtain down on its 2023 edition.

Promoted by North West-based Cuffe & Taylor, the long-running festival welcomed 100,000 people to Lytham Green over five days for headline sets by Jamiroquai, George Ezra, Sting and Lionel Richie.

Special guests and support acts through the week included Blondie, Kaiser Chiefs, Gabrielle, Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Cat Burns and Kim Wilde.

“What an incredible five days we have had,” says festival co-founder Peter Taylor. “Twenty artists have graced our stage and we are thrilled with the success of this year’s festival, it has been phenomenal.”

The event, which has welcomed the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, Stereophonics, Diana Ross, The Strokes, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, previously hosted up to 20,000 fans a night.

“We increased our capacity to 22,500 for both Sting and Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe, making both nights our biggest ever”

“We increased our capacity to 22,500 for both Sting and Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe, making both nights our biggest ever and we are delighted with how successful they were,” adds Taylor. “The positive feedback from both customers and artists has been humbling and when you are welcoming global icons to your hometown that is very special indeed.

“We have some very special names already lined up for next year so our five-day passes are great value for those people wanting to secure their place, regardless of who’s on the line up. The five-day passes have gone on sale and we can’t wait to do it all over again.”

Lytham Festival will return from 3-7 July 2024, with the line-up due to be announced later this year.

Live Nation’s Cuffe & Taylor also programme all live music events at the 8,000-cap Scarborough Open Air Theatre and the 5,500-cap Piece Hall in Halifax, both in Yorkshire, UK.

 


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Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top plot latest co-headline tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top have become the latest acts to announce a co-headline tour, following in the footsteps of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service, The Charlatans and Ride, Motley Crue and Def Leppard, and Suede and the Manic Street Preachers.

The bands’ Sharp Dressed Simple Man tour, produced by Live Nation, will hit 22 cities in North America next summer.

The tour kicks off on 21 July at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, and continues with stops in Fort Worth, Phoenix, Chicago, and more before wrapping up in Camden, New Jersey at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion on 17 September.

The bands’ Sharp Dressed Simple Man tour, produced by Live Nation, will hit 22 cities in North America next summer

ZZ Top are represented by CAA worldwide (excluding Europe) while Lynyrd Skynyrd are repped by WME’s Greg Oswald in North America.

The newly announced tour buoys a growing trend of joint headline tours, especially among acts that share representation.

Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service share band member Ben Gibbard, as well as their agent for North America – Wasserman Music’s Trey Many.

The Charlatans and Ride also share their agent for North America, Wasserman’s Brad Owens, while Motley Crue and Def Leppard are both represented by Artist Group International for North America.

The latter bands’ co-headline run was 2022’s biggest North American stadium tour, with 1.3 million tickets sold.

 


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Def Leppard & Motley Crue extend blockbuster tour

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe’s co-headline tour was the biggest North American stadium run of 2022 – and now they’ve announced a sequel for 2023.

Originally planned for 2020 before being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Stadium Tour run, promoted by Live Nation, sold more than 1.3 million tickets this year for a gross of US$173.5 million (€165m).

And having already unveiled a number of European and Latin American dates for next year, the rock legends have now announced a further string of US dates with special guest Alice Cooper, kicking off on 5 August at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York.

The bands hit Latin America in February, followed by a string of European concerts and festival slots from May to July. The trek is currently due to climax at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas on 18 August.

“After finally getting back on the road this past summer, we’re beyond thrilled to bring this massive tour to a global audience”

“After finally getting back on the road this past summer, we’re beyond thrilled to bring this massive tour to a global audience including some special dates in America!” says Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott.

Def Leppard celebrated their 45th anniversary this year, while Mötley Crüe – who reached a new generation of fans with their 2019 Netflix biopic The Dirt – toasted their 40th anniversary last year.

“We had an incredible time playing The Stadium Tour in North America this summer and we truly can’t wait to take the show around the globe with The World Tour in 2023,” add Mötley Crüe in a joint statement.

The full list of confirmed shows is as follows:

10-11 February: Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena

18 February: Mexico City, Mexico Foro Sol

21 February: Monterrey, Mexico Estadio Banorte

25 February: Bogota, Colombia Parque Simon Bolivar

28 February: Lima, Peru Estadio Nacional

3 March: Santiago, Chile Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida

7 March: Sao Paulo, Brazil Allianz Parque

22 May: Sheffield, UK Bramall Lane

25 May: Mönchengladbach, Germany SparkassenPark

27 May: Munich, Germany Koenigsplatz

29 May: Budapest, Hungary MVM Dome

31 May: Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków

2 June: Prague, Czech Republic Prague Rocks

3 June: Hannover, Germany Expo Plaza

7 June: Solvesborg, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival

9 June: Hyvinkää, Finland RockFest

11 June: Trondheim, Norway Trondheim Rocks

14 June: Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell

18 June: Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting

20 June: Milan, Italy Ippodromo SNAI San Siro

23 June: Lisbon, Portugal Passeio Maritimo de Alges

24 June: Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain Auditorio Miguel Ríos

27 June: Thun, Switzerland Stockhorn Arena

1 July: London, UK Wembley Stadium

2 July: Lytham, UK Lytham Festival

4 July: Dublin, Ireland Marlay Park

6 July: Glasgow, UK Hampden Park

5 August: Syracuse, NY JMA Wireless Dome

8 August: Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium

11 August: Fargo, ND Fargodome

13 August: Omaha, NE Charles Schwab Field Omaha

16 August: Tulsa, OK H.A. Chapman Stadium

18 August: El Paso, TX Sun Bowl Stadium

 


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Def Leppard & Motley Crue tour tops 1m sales

Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe’s rescheduled co-headlining tour of the US and Canada is being extended after notching up more than one million ticket sales.

The bands will be joined by fellow rock legends Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for The Stadium Tour, North America’s biggest stadium run of 2022.

Originally planned for 2020 before being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Live Nation-promoted 35-plus show tour kicks off at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia on 16 June and wraps up with a newly announced stop at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on 9 September.

Due to demand, new dates have also been added at Toronto’s Rogers Centre (8 August), Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (16 August), BC Place, Vancouver (2 September) and Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton (4 September).

“It’s been a while coming and we can’t wait to get back on stage again”

Mötley Crüe reached a new generation of fans with their 2019 Netflix biopic The Dirt and celebrated their 40th anniversary last year.

“It’s on! We don’t think we’ve ever looked forward more to kicking off a tour than this one,” says Mötley Crüe in a joint statement.. We can’t wait to finally see all the fans across North America again. Get ready for a wild ride this summer!”

Def Leppard, who have sold 110 million records over the course of their career, headlined the UK’s Download Festival in 2019 and celebrate their own landmark 45th anniversary this year.

“On behalf of the band, we’re beyond thrilled that the stadium tour is finally happening this summer. It’s been a while coming and we can’t wait to get back on stage again,” says lead vocalist Joe Elliott.

Emerging rock band Classless Act, signed to Better Noise Music, is set to open the tour.

 


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