Organisers now face having to refund 50,000 ticket holders...

A Bruce Springsteen concert in MANCHESTER which had sold more than 50,000 tickets has been cancelled.

The gig was due to take place at Old Trafford Lancashire County Cricket Ground on May 29. The site is also the venue for the city’s annual Move festival.

But now organisers face having to refund the 50,000 tickets after local councillors rejected a licensing application for the event, ananova reports.

Residents living around the stadium had complained about noise and crowd problems surrounding previous events, especially last year’s concerts by Oasis.

A spokesman for Trafford Borough Council confirmed the licensing committee had rejected the application following “considerable discussion”.

He added: “In reaching this decision, councillors were advised of the problems experienced during several previous concerts at the cricket ground.

“Although several areas of the management of each of these concerts worked well, there were still serious problems relating to the environmental impact on local residents.”

The overall impact on residents was also likely to be greater as the concert followed just 24 hours after the UEFA Champions League final was due to be held at Manchester United’s nearby Old Trafford ground, he added.

Organisers now have three weeks to appeal against the decision.