A host of top acts will join the Happy Mondays at a 10-hour outdoor music festival at the home of Fleetwood Town FC, it has today been announced.
The League Two club will host the anti-fracking gig, headlined by the Manchester legends, at its Highbury Stadium on June 1 – with fans and Fylde coast residents first in line for tickets.
The Gazette can reveal the former first lady of punk Toyah Wilcox is among the names confirmed to play at the Live Wyre concert next month.
Scottish rockers Big Country are also on the bill, alongside ska band Bad Manners. London-based Alabama 3 are set to play at the concert, as well as a selection of local bands.
Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley said: “I think it will be a superb event.
“It is a day and night concert so I consider it excellent value for money and we are delighted to be able to bring such an event to the Fylde coast.”
The announcement of the concert followed a visit to the port from Happy Mondays maraca player Bez – aka Mark Berry.
The Manchester icon, now planning to stand for office in next year’s general election on an anti-fracking ticket, was in town to speak at a meeting on the controversial topic.
The fracking process involves firing water and chemicals into shale rock deep below the surface to release gas.
Opponents say it is environmentally unsound, but firms behind the practice, including Cuadrilla which is looking to extract gas from Bowland shale under the Fylde coast, say there is enough regulation in the UK to ensure it will be carried out safely.
Granada Fish Bar boss Steve Lynton said the gig will be a major boost for Fleetwood.
He added: “I think it is a great idea and the facilities at the club are good enough for it.
“Anything that paints Fleetwod in a positive light is great and if people have a look around the town before the show then all the better.”
Season ticket holders, Fleetwood Town members and local residents will get first priority for tickets, which go on sale on Monday at the club from £29.
Other tickets are available by calling 0844 871 8819 from May 12.