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TENOR Russell Watson will help launch a weekend of celebrations in York ahead of the Tour de France.

Russell Watson, will join X Factor favourites Rough Copy and Union J, and Kian Egan of Westlife-fame are among the line-up for a star-studded concert that will kick off a weekend of ‘Grand Départy’ celebrations in York.

Planned for the evening of Friday, July 4, the Grand Départy Concert will take place at York’s Huntington Stadium. The diverse line-up also includes York-based singer songwriter Alistair Griffin; British pop star Eylar Fox; The Loveable Rogues; 1980s bands Altered Images, Brother Beyond and the Blow Monkeys; and vocal harmony group The Overtones.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: "The concert is the headline event in an exciting weekend of Grand Départy celebrations, which will ensure that York is the place to be.

"We’re absolutely thrilled to have attracted such a fantastic line-up. The sheer variety of performers is sure to appeal to family audiences; there’s plenty for younger concert-goers but also acts that their parents will enjoy."

10,000 tickets are available for the event and demand is expected to be high. Priced at £29.50 for general admission, £35 for VIP seated tickets or £100 for a family ticket (for four people), they will be on sale from www.ticketline.co.uk from this Friday.

The concert is just one element of an action-packed Grand Départy weekend planned for 4, 5 and 6 July. A host of other events and attractions will be taking place at locations across the city, including street theatre and live music.

Those who want to be at the heart of the action throughout the course of the weekend should head to City of York Council’s three Spectator Hubs at Monk Stray, the Designer Outlet and Millennium Bridge, where there will be family entertainment, big screens, refreshments, merchandise and much more. For more information about the Spectator Hubs, visit: www.experiencetherace.com

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9:05am Wed 14 May 14

andy fowler says...

All this fuss over stupid bikes, crazy!!!!
All this fuss over stupid bikes, crazy!!!! andy fowler
  • Score: -50

1:18pm Wed 14 May 14

marvell says...

Let's wait and see what the "legacy" will be for York.

Given Cllr Crisp's lamentable track record for being able to successfully run anything more significant than a bath I'll bet you it's a multi-million pound shortfall and debt...
Let's wait and see what the "legacy" will be for York. Given Cllr Crisp's lamentable track record for being able to successfully run anything more significant than a bath I'll bet you it's a multi-million pound shortfall and debt... marvell
  • Score: -43

1:52pm Wed 14 May 14

york_chap says...

"X Factor favourites Rough Copy and Union J, and Kian Egan of Westlife-fame are among the line-up for a star-studded concert"

Firstly, I think it's fair to say that's quite a liberal interpretation of "star-studded".
Secondly, £29.50 to see Russell Watson (and some people who failed to win a tv talent show) performing in a decrepit old sports ground doesn't strike me as offering particularly good value.

Still, I suppose it's one means of recouping at least a tiny bit of the amount that holding this bike race will cost York and its taxpayers.
"X Factor favourites Rough Copy and Union J, and Kian Egan of Westlife-fame are among the line-up for a star-studded concert" Firstly, I think it's fair to say that's quite a liberal interpretation of "star-studded". Secondly, £29.50 to see Russell Watson (and some people who failed to win a tv talent show) performing in a decrepit old sports ground doesn't strike me as offering particularly good value. Still, I suppose it's one means of recouping at least a tiny bit of the amount that holding this bike race will cost York and its taxpayers. york_chap
  • Score: -40

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