SPRINGSTEEN MANCHESTER GIG GETS GO-AHEAD

The decision not to grant the event at Lancashire County Cricket Ground a licence is overturned...

A huge open-air concert by Bruce Springsteen in MANCHESTER

has finally been given the green light.

Organisers have sold 50,000 tickets for the May 29 gig at the Lancashire County Cricket Ground.

The local council had refused to grant a licence for the event, after residents voiced concerns about noise and crowd problems at previous concerts. The UEFA Champions League soccer final also takes place at Manchester United’s neighbouring Old Trafford ground the night before, with a 67,000 capacity crowd certain.

But the cricket ground, SJM Concerts and Rock Steady Security successfully challenged the council’s decision yesterday (May 8) at Trafford Magistrates Court.

Overruling the council decision, chairman of the board Timothy Jenkinson said the court had to “strike a balance between the rights of the residents and Lancashire County Cricket Ground”.

He added: “We are extremely aware of the predicament of the local residents with regard to the disturbance caused by concerts of this type, sporting events and the growth of other activities in the locality.

“However, we have given a great deal of consideration to the profile of this particular artist and the maturity of the support which he attracts.”

Further concerts at the cricket ground are planned , including the Move festival planned for July, where REM, Manic Street Preachers and The Charlatans are scheduled to headline.