'Where Elton goes, others will follow': Will Weston Homes become regular concert venue?

Essex County Standard: 'Where Elton goes, others will follow': Will Weston Homes become regular concert venue? 'Where Elton goes, others will follow': Will Weston Homes become regular concert venue?

COLCHESTER’S Weston Homes Community Stadium is set to become one of the foremost music venues in the East of England, Sir Elton John’s promoters say.

The Rocket Man put just under 17,000 bums on seats at the A12 stadium on Sunday but promoters Marshall Arts are confident where Sir Elton has gone, others will follow.

The crowd pleaser was the first act to play at St Mary’s, in Southampton, the Madejski Stadium, in Reading, Swansea’s Liberty Stadium and The Caledonian Stadium, home of the Scottish Premiership’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Each stadium has gone on to host numerous other artists, such as Bon Jovi, Pink, Rod Stewart and the Kings of Leon.

So, will Colchester be next?

Ben Martin, who co-ordinated Sir Elton’s show for Marshall PR, said: “I think the Weston Homes could become a key venue in the East of England - right up there with Portman Road and Carrow Road.

“I think you’ll find that where Elton goes, others follow.”

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8:36pm Mon 30 Jun 14

mirokou says...

Lets hope . Excellent transport links, ideal location ,just a restricted season
Lets hope . Excellent transport links, ideal location ,just a restricted season mirokou
  • Score: 8

11:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Shoosh1905 says...

I hope so we should do everything to support it. Big acts like this will be great for this town. Let's bid for the World Cup and Olympics too!!
I hope so we should do everything to support it. Big acts like this will be great for this town. Let's bid for the World Cup and Olympics too!! Shoosh1905
  • Score: 8

8:53am Tue 1 Jul 14

romantic says...

Fully agree. Would be great to have more acts playing in the future. People I know who went seemed to enjoy it, it's a good way to get people into the town.
Fully agree. Would be great to have more acts playing in the future. People I know who went seemed to enjoy it, it's a good way to get people into the town. romantic
  • Score: 6

11:12am Tue 1 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

Well lets face it, its the only time you will see every seat filled, biggest white elephant in the county until now! Maybe they should just use it for entertainment?
Well lets face it, its the only time you will see every seat filled, biggest white elephant in the county until now! Maybe they should just use it for entertainment? totallyfootball
  • Score: -8

11:50am Tue 1 Jul 14

Slamdoor312 says...

And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed.

But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count.

Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we /
And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed. But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count. Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we / Slamdoor312
  • Score: -23

12:38pm Tue 1 Jul 14

jamest says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed.

But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count.

Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we /
What's Liverpool got to do with a concert round here?
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed. But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count. Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we /[/p][/quote]What's Liverpool got to do with a concert round here? jamest
  • Score: 13

12:44pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed.

But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count.

Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we /
He played for 2 hours and was done before 10pm. That's hardly a nuisance, well, unless you're selfish of course.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed. But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count. Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we /[/p][/quote]He played for 2 hours and was done before 10pm. That's hardly a nuisance, well, unless you're selfish of course. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 19

12:56pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Don't forget the road closures after the concert - simply because the council failed to ensure the infrastructure around the stadium was fit for purpose. But then again no councillors were affected so that's okay!

However the concert went off well but there was lots of litter strewn around the vicinity of United Way and Boxted Road.
Don't forget the road closures after the concert - simply because the council failed to ensure the infrastructure around the stadium was fit for purpose. But then again no councillors were affected so that's okay! However the concert went off well but there was lots of litter strewn around the vicinity of United Way and Boxted Road. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: -3

1:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Slamdoor312 says...

What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course.
Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant
What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course. Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant Slamdoor312
  • Score: -10

1:35pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course.
Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant
The stage was directed away from the town onto the A12 and the music stopped before 10pm. I really don't see how anyone can complain about 2 hours on a rare one-off concert. The location is perfect for minimizing impact - close to the A12, loads of parking and there were plenty of buses.

Next time, perhaps put some headphones on for a couple of hours and listen to your favourite music or go out for the evening. It will be over before you know it and you won't be affected.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course. Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant[/p][/quote]The stage was directed away from the town onto the A12 and the music stopped before 10pm. I really don't see how anyone can complain about 2 hours on a rare one-off concert. The location is perfect for minimizing impact - close to the A12, loads of parking and there were plenty of buses. Next time, perhaps put some headphones on for a couple of hours and listen to your favourite music or go out for the evening. It will be over before you know it and you won't be affected. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 13

9:22pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Reginald47 says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course. Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant
I think from memory about 4 councillors live in the Mersea area while something like 8 live within hailing distance of the stadium so you're talking rot mate.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course. Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant[/p][/quote]I think from memory about 4 councillors live in the Mersea area while something like 8 live within hailing distance of the stadium so you're talking rot mate. Reginald47
  • Score: 7

1:15am Wed 2 Jul 14

Boris says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Slamdoor312 wrote:
What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course. Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant
I think from memory about 4 councillors live in the Mersea area while something like 8 live within hailing distance of the stadium so you're talking rot mate.
Also, West Mersea hosted the very first Womad music festival in the 1980s, and that went on all night and for the entire weekend. So they too have had their share of fun. Despite what the PR people say, it will probably be years before another concert on the Elton John scale comes to the WHCS, so Slamdoor can have plenbty of early nights between now and then.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: What is selfish, is inflicting this sort of thing on those who can't escape it. As I said, do it where there's minimal impact, although making sure no councillors are affected of course. Note : That will be 'West Mersea' just to satisfy the pedant[/p][/quote]I think from memory about 4 councillors live in the Mersea area while something like 8 live within hailing distance of the stadium so you're talking rot mate.[/p][/quote]Also, West Mersea hosted the very first Womad music festival in the 1980s, and that went on all night and for the entire weekend. So they too have had their share of fun. Despite what the PR people say, it will probably be years before another concert on the Elton John scale comes to the WHCS, so Slamdoor can have plenbty of early nights between now and then. Boris
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Wed 2 Jul 14

romantic says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed.

But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count.

Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we /
Seriously? This is a one-off concert, chances are there will not be another one until next year at the earliest. It wasn't going on until late at night, it was all done by about 10.00. You could have treated it as a free concert, or if you hate Elton John, that much, turn the TV up a bit until it's all over. If they were doing this every week, fair enough, but this will only ever be something occasional.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: And the noise nuisance to those in Highwoods was something to be believed. But let's not worry about that, because residents don't count. Large amounts of space down in the Mersey area, but we mustn't upset those councillors down there, must we /[/p][/quote]Seriously? This is a one-off concert, chances are there will not be another one until next year at the earliest. It wasn't going on until late at night, it was all done by about 10.00. You could have treated it as a free concert, or if you hate Elton John, that much, turn the TV up a bit until it's all over. If they were doing this every week, fair enough, but this will only ever be something occasional. romantic
  • Score: 0
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