Saturday, January 21, 2012

Vote for Elton at OAFC

As global stars they are used to performing in front of sell-out crowds at some of the world’s top arenas. But big names such as Rod Stewart, Elton John and Noel Gallagher could be set to take the stage this summer at a rather less-heralded setting – Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park.


 Latics officials say they want to put on a summer concert at the dilapidated, three-sided ground. And they claim no less than 15 acts, including Rod the Mod, the Rocketman and former Oasis star Noel have been put forward by a production company.

 Now they are asking fans to vote for who they want to see rock the 106-year-old venue at the foot of the Pennines. Oldham marketing boss Jenny Warburton insisted the poll was not a gimmick. She said: “I know somebody who works for a production company and he was asking me if we could do something. I told him about the ground and he seemed excited.

 A crew came up from London and were really impressed. We only have three stands and they think that’s great because they can put the stage in front of the one that’s not there. “There’s also a big car park behind it where they can put marquees and things. It all works and if we could sell it out it would make quite a bit of money.”

Jenny said 15 acts had been offered but her own favourite was unavailable. She explained: “I really wanted Michael BublĂ© but he said he wasn’t doing any outdoor gigs this year and I was devastated.”

 The list also includes rap sensation Tinie Tempah, X-Factor star Olly Murs, boyband McFly, rockers Snow Patrol, 80s legends Madness and folk pop act Mumford and Sons. Jenny revealed that there was already an early front runner. She said: “There’s a lot of support for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds but there’s along way to go.”

 Of all the acts Burnage-born Gallagher will be the one most familiar with the Latics’ decaying home. He was a former roadie to Oldham band the Inspiral Carpets, who were big fans of Athletic. But he could get a hot reception after he once labelled Oldham supporters as ‘City fans in disguise’.

 To vote visit: www.facebook.com/OfficialOAFC

 - Men Media

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