Get your cut-price Grand Départy tickets

Alistair Griffin

Alistair Griffin

Updated in News

HALF price tickets are on sale for the Grand Départy concert, which takes place in York the night before the Tour de France kicks off in Yorkshire.

The concert at Huntington Stadium has a line-up designed to appeal to youngsters and adults alike, including Union J, Russell Watson, Rough Copy, Kian Egan of Westlife-fame, York-based singer songwriter Alistair Griffin, Ollie Marland, The Loveable Rogues, Altered Images, Brother Beyond, The Blow Monkeys and The Overtones.

And the council has now announced that between now and Monday, June 16 family tickets - which admit two adults and two children - are on offer for £50 instead of the full £100 price.

And on top of the cut price offer, 500 tickets for the Spectator Hub at York Racecourse will be given free of charge with the next 500 Grand Départy tickets bought through www.ticketline.co.uk.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “With a host of top acts taking part, this special discount on the price of a Family Ticket makes it a fantastic value night out for families.

“I can’t wait to see the likes of Union J – who have a huge following among young concert-goers – and ‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson performing here in York!”

Huntington teachers Robin Parmiter and Ian Wilson, otherwise known as Disco Mister, will also perform at the concert, playing their World Cup anthem "Bring it Home".

The concert is just one part of the Grand Départy celebrations planned for the weekend of 4, 5 and 6 July in York.

There will also be spectator hubs at the Designer Outlet, Millennium Bridge and York Racecourse and Huntington Stadium, with family entertainment, big screens showing the cycle race, as well as refreshments and merchandise. For more information visit www.experiencetherace.com

Tickets are also on sale via www.ticketline.co.uk or from Visit York on Museum Street in York city centre by Friday, June 13.

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8:48am Fri 13 Jun 14

Oaklands Resident says...

Apparently the Council has only sold 400 tickets for this "10,000 capacity" event!

People only have so much money.

Hope taxpayers won't have to pick up the bill.
Apparently the Council has only sold 400 tickets for this "10,000 capacity" event! People only have so much money. Hope taxpayers won't have to pick up the bill. Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 13

8:52am Fri 13 Jun 14

notmyrealname says...

do we detect a slight overestimation of the numbers for all the TDF events ?? Still a good few hotels available for the weekend.
And are 20000 York residents getting up at 7 am to go to the Knavemire.
Any comments from PP please !
do we detect a slight overestimation of the numbers for all the TDF events ?? Still a good few hotels available for the weekend. And are 20000 York residents getting up at 7 am to go to the Knavemire. Any comments from PP please ! notmyrealname
  • Score: 10

9:12am Fri 13 Jun 14

HeworthM says...

As we saw with the Barbican centre, our Councillors seem to believe they are event promoters. Remember that under the Council, we were told that the Barbican was not viable as an entertainment venue. A private company comes in and several years later its still going, which I assume is not being done at a loss? I know the venue isn't necessarily the best, but it does attract adequate audiences (for most events).
As we saw with the Barbican centre, our Councillors seem to believe they are event promoters. Remember that under the Council, we were told that the Barbican was not viable as an entertainment venue. A private company comes in and several years later its still going, which I assume is not being done at a loss? I know the venue isn't necessarily the best, but it does attract adequate audiences (for most events). HeworthM
  • Score: 12

9:36am Fri 13 Jun 14

Dr Brian says...

Obviously overpriced by our witless council leaders!

Mind you the last line of the article says the tickets are available by Friday 13th June ie today so another example of too late by the council!
Obviously overpriced by our witless council leaders! Mind you the last line of the article says the tickets are available by Friday 13th June ie today so another example of too late by the council! Dr Brian
  • Score: -46

9:56am Fri 13 Jun 14

holden79 says...

Who is that guy in the photo?
Who is that guy in the photo? holden79
  • Score: 1

10:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

russeboy says...

The licence to run the event was only granted yesterday (12 June).
The licence to run the event was only granted yesterday (12 June). russeboy
  • Score: 5

12:48pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Happytoliveinyork says...

What a weird line up - they seem to have tried to cover all the bases in terms of appeal to all ages and ended up with an incomprehensible mishmash ......... No wonder ticket sales are so slow - it's not a strong enough draw for the kids or adults. Much better to be single minded - i.e. go for teen appeal or 80's type event.

At least expert concert promoter Cllr Crisp is going to enjoy it.
What a weird line up - they seem to have tried to cover all the bases in terms of appeal to all ages and ended up with an incomprehensible mishmash ......... No wonder ticket sales are so slow - it's not a strong enough draw for the kids or adults. Much better to be single minded - i.e. go for teen appeal or 80's type event. At least expert concert promoter Cllr Crisp is going to enjoy it. Happytoliveinyork
  • Score: 12

1:19pm Fri 13 Jun 14

holden79 says...

Happytoliveinyork wrote:
What a weird line up - they seem to have tried to cover all the bases in terms of appeal to all ages and ended up with an incomprehensible mishmash ......... No wonder ticket sales are so slow - it's not a strong enough draw for the kids or adults. Much better to be single minded - i.e. go for teen appeal or 80's type event.

At least expert concert promoter Cllr Crisp is going to enjoy it.
Is it Cllr Crisp in the photo?
[quote][p][bold]Happytoliveinyork[/bold] wrote: What a weird line up - they seem to have tried to cover all the bases in terms of appeal to all ages and ended up with an incomprehensible mishmash ......... No wonder ticket sales are so slow - it's not a strong enough draw for the kids or adults. Much better to be single minded - i.e. go for teen appeal or 80's type event. At least expert concert promoter Cllr Crisp is going to enjoy it.[/p][/quote]Is it Cllr Crisp in the photo? holden79
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

I saw a leaflet for this.... I wouldn't go if they paid me!
A whole load of washed up 80s bands? Big whoop.
Brother Beyond? They were a terrible boy band 25 years ago, why would they be any better now?

And the leaflet says "curfew 10.30"
Curfew?! The sort of parties I go to don't have curfews and I'm just getting going at 10.30.

Sounds rubbish.
I saw a leaflet for this.... I wouldn't go if they paid me! A whole load of washed up 80s bands? Big whoop. Brother Beyond? They were a terrible boy band 25 years ago, why would they be any better now? And the leaflet says "curfew 10.30" Curfew?! The sort of parties I go to don't have curfews and I'm just getting going at 10.30. Sounds rubbish. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -106

2:39pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Jack Ham says...

How funny!

Cllr Crisp and CYC decide to borrow hundreds of thousands of pounds, that we the taxpayer will pay back with interest and then they put out a press release telling us we can buy cut price tickets to watch the event we've paid for.

Priceless.

Only this Labour authority would be able to bill us once, bill us again for the interest and then bill us again to even take part!
How funny! Cllr Crisp and CYC decide to borrow hundreds of thousands of pounds, that we the taxpayer will pay back with interest and then they put out a press release telling us we can buy cut price tickets to watch the event we've paid for. Priceless. Only this Labour authority would be able to bill us once, bill us again for the interest and then bill us again to even take part! Jack Ham
  • Score: 56

12:06pm Sat 14 Jun 14

york_chap says...

From the first time I read about this concert on the press website - probably a month or two back, it was patently obvious that the the line-up of performers did not justify anywhere near the premium ticket prices the council were charging; I think I commented something to that effect at the time. I'm no business whizz kid and don't work in the events/promotion industry, but surely if this fact was obvious to regular people like myself, the council/organisers should have realised it too?

Also, unless things have changed, the last time I was at Huntington Stadium (albeit a few years back) it was a run-down local sports ground and certainly not somewhere I'd spent £100 to take my family to see a bunch of performers; half of whom I've never heard of.

At the reduced price I guess £12.50 per head for a family ticket is a bit more like it; but if they'd charged a realistic £10 per head from the outset and £5 for kids, they'd probably be near enough sold out by now.
From the first time I read about this concert on the press website - probably a month or two back, it was patently obvious that the the line-up of performers did not justify anywhere near the premium ticket prices the council were charging; I think I commented something to that effect at the time. I'm no business whizz kid and don't work in the events/promotion industry, but surely if this fact was obvious to regular people like myself, the council/organisers should have realised it too? Also, unless things have changed, the last time I was at Huntington Stadium (albeit a few years back) it was a run-down local sports ground and certainly not somewhere I'd spent £100 to take my family to see a bunch of performers; half of whom I've never heard of. At the reduced price I guess £12.50 per head for a family ticket is a bit more like it; but if they'd charged a realistic £10 per head from the outset and £5 for kids, they'd probably be near enough sold out by now. york_chap
  • Score: 5

8:47pm Sat 14 Jun 14

nearlyman says...

.......Oh dear.......looks like another fail by the fools.....
.......Oh dear.......looks like another fail by the fools..... nearlyman
  • Score: 1

8:49pm Sat 14 Jun 14

nearlyman says...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Sonja Crisp “I can’t wait to see the likes of Union J !!! and ‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson ....................
...........i think not !!
Ha Ha Ha Ha Sonja Crisp “I can’t wait to see the likes of Union J !!! and ‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson .................... ...........i think not !! nearlyman
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Sun 15 Jun 14

PMyork says...

Jack Ham wrote:
How funny!

Cllr Crisp and CYC decide to borrow hundreds of thousands of pounds, that we the taxpayer will pay back with interest and then they put out a press release telling us we can buy cut price tickets to watch the event we've paid for.

Priceless.

Only this Labour authority would be able to bill us once, bill us again for the interest and then bill us again to even take part!
Agree 100%
[quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: How funny! Cllr Crisp and CYC decide to borrow hundreds of thousands of pounds, that we the taxpayer will pay back with interest and then they put out a press release telling us we can buy cut price tickets to watch the event we've paid for. Priceless. Only this Labour authority would be able to bill us once, bill us again for the interest and then bill us again to even take part![/p][/quote]Agree 100% PMyork
  • Score: 0

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