Bolton Wanderers Chairman Sharon Brittan has paid tribute to the club’s ‘harmonious relationship’ with Bolton Council as the University of Bolton Stadium prepares to host the first of over 30 Utilita Live From The Drive-In shows at the end of the month.
As one of only 12 venues in the UK that will stage this series of live drive-in concerts, the club has worked closely with the council to ensure that disruption to local residents and businesses will be kept to a minimum.
The first event will take place on Saturday 25 July when singer Tony Hadley will take to the stage with further shows occurring throughout summer.
Promoted by Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, the Utilita Live From The Drive-In is designed to comply with all official guidelines ensuring audiences can enjoy the series of music concerts, theatre performances, comedy shows and family experience in a safe and responsible way.
Aside from performances from musicians such as Russell Watson, Dizzee Rascal and KT Tunstall, there will also be shows for children including The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Horrible Histories and Braniac Live as well as appearances by Dick and Dom.
Sharon said: “With the first show just over a fortnight way, we are really looking forward to bringing this novel and wonderful experience to the communities of Bolton and beyond over the course of summer.
“After what has been a tough and challenging time for us all during lockdown, the Utilita Live From The Drive-In shows at the University of Bolton Stadium represent the ideal opportunity for families to enjoy themselves in a safe and controlled manner.
“These live drive-in shows also exemplify how the club, community and town can work together to create positive experiences for everybody.
“I cannot thank Bolton Council and all our partners enough for their support and we look forward to working together for future events including the Rugby League World Cup next year.
“We fully understand and appreciate the concerns of local residents and businesses, but I can promise everybody we will work with you and will do everything we can within our capabilities to keep the impact on you to a minimum.”
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting the club in bringing this unique idea to our borough.
“As well giving a much needed boost to the industry, it is a great coup for us that our town has been chosen as one of only 12 locations to host the concerts.
“These will be the first live events for many people since lockdown was introduced and we hope they will have an amazing experience. We would ask concert goers to plan their journeys and be respectful of the local community.
“The club has assured us they will be doing everything they can to minimise the impact on neighbouring residents and businesses.”
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