Speculation was high when it was revealed that concert promotion company, SJM Ltd. had lodged an application for a two day Music Event, with an likely date for the event to be the May Bank Holiday weekend. Councillors on the licensing committee discussed the bid with music giants SJM when they meet on Tuesday 15th August at 10am in the Town Hall. Read a live transcript of what was said via the Warrington Guardian site here.
*breaking news* The licence has been granted.
Alcohol can be served from 12pm to 10.15pm.
Entertainment can take place from 12pm to 10.30pm.
The site will close at 11.30pm.
A number of conditions will be imposed including that under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
A further condition is to include a newsletter which will be distributed 120 days prior to the event taking place to outline management plans.**
With a capacity of 25,000 concert goers per day, it opens up all possibilities and below are some of the names which could be gracing the stage come 2018. Vote on our poll or leave your own guesses in the comments below!
The returning Icon – Pulp
It’s been 20 years since V Festival was launched with the event starting life at Victoria Park, so what better way to start off a brand new event than with one of the artists who was responsible for the first Festival, after wanting to play two outdoor venues in two days oh so many years ago.
After a brief reunion between 2011-2013, there has been nothing since, and Jarvis Cocker said to the NME in 2015 that the band had no future plans to release new music, but refused to rule it out stating they they are “like a dormant volcano.. and then the next day your house has gone because it’s erupted,”
The next generation headliner – Catfish and the Bottlemen/ Blossoms
Even though Blossoms have only recently celebrated the 1 year anniversary of their album at the beginning of August, they have already started working on their sophomore record and are looking to head into the studio at the end of 2017. Whilst May could come too soon for an album cycle, what better way to showcase new music, than to step up to Festival headliners. They also have the local connection with one of their crew members being from the town.
Another band with connections to Warrington are welsh rock band, Catfish and the Bottlemen who burst onto the broader conscience with their top 10 debut album back in 2014. The album came on the back of near relentless touring and a good number of appearances at Friars Court along the way. I’m sure they would want to banish memories of their last appearance in the town where relentless rain put a dampener on their headline appearance at Friars Live. For a town that loves its guitar bands, the pair shows the future of British music is in safe hands.
The solid Indie Dancefloor regular – The Libertines
Since The Libertines reformed in 2014, frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty have never worked so hard and have been charming a whole new generation of fans. The four-piece have headlined some of the biggest festivals including Reading + Leeds, T in the Park (Scotland) and British Summer Time (London), but if anyone can bring them to Warrington it’s managing director of SJM Concerts, Simon Moran.
The band made the news in the run up to the 2017 general election when Jeremy Corbyn was brought on stage at Prenton Park to speak to the 20,000 strong crowd, as part of the Wirral Live Festival. Similar size crowd means it could be possible?
The Commercial Pop Artist – One Direction
Also performing at Wirral Live this year was pop group Little Mix, who owe their formation to a little known TV talent show, The X Factor. Auditioning as solo artists they were put together and have gained huge success under the tutelage of Simon Cowell.
So, who’s the say next years weekender couldn’t be a certain pop group, who owe their formation to a little known TV talent show, The X Factor. Auditioning as solo artists they were put together and have gained huge success under the tutelage of Simon Cowell. None other than One Direction! Whilst they not be a popular choice of many, they would be a name to guarantee a sold out sign on the door. Whilst many of the members are content doing their own thing, Simon Cowell has made some pretty big predictions that the band could reform with, or without all five members, and if they’re in, so is he! (MTV)
The Heritage Act – Barry Gibb
The remaining Bee Gee drove the Glastonbury 2017 crowd wild in the Sunday ‘Legend Slot’ with an incredible set-list of iconic tracks such as ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘Tragedy’.
The performance was an undoubtedly an emotional one as he took to the stage alone – following the deaths of his bandmates and brothers Maurice, who passed in 2003, and Robin, who lost his battle to cancer in 2012. But if we saw anything from Elton John’s sold out show at the Select Security Stadium (Widnes) in June, there is still a huge appetite for the hits. If Barry is booked, You Should be Dancing all night long!
An unlikely option – Fall Out Boy
With the event likely to fall on the May bank holiday at the start of Festival season, it would most likely take place the same weekend as Slam Dunk Music Festival (Birmingham, Leeds & Hatfield). Whilst this may rule out many alternative, rock and metal artists from playing the as yet unnamed event, the likes of Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon or Chicago rock band, Fall Out Boy may be considered as a more mainstream booking. It would certainly be a huge booking, but with the band pushing their new album, M A N I A, back to January 2018, their calendar currently free from April onwards…
Let us know who you think should headline the Victoria Park Festival below, or vote on our poll!