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Chris de Burgh headlines Salford Proms

Manchester gets Elbow, Salford gets Chris de Burgh....

Published on August 17th 2009.

Chris de Burgh headlines Salford Proms

When Manchester staged a classical-pop crossover concert, they teamed up Elbow and the Hallé. When Salford does the same, they bring in Chris de Burgh.

Chris may well have sold 45 million records worldwide, but we'd bet that a good proportion of them were bought in South America rather than Salford.

He'll be headlining the BBC Proms in the Park event in Buile Hill Park on Saturday 12 September. Councillor John Merry, leader of Salford City Council, said: “To have attracted a star of Chris de Burgh’s standing is proof that the city is now a genuine world-class events venue.”

We're finding it hard to share his enthusiasm. Surely Salford deserves better than this? Come Christmas time, we enjoy 'A Spaceman Came Travelling' as much as the next person, but 'Lady in Red' was one of the true horrors of the 1980s, along with poll tax and Chernobyl. Chris may well have sold 45 million records worldwide, but we'd bet that a good proportion of them were bought in South America rather than Salford.

Despite this rather bland star attraction, there will be plenty of classical talent to enjoy. Also appearing with the BBC Philharmonic will be mezzo soprano Juliette Pochin, Salford’s homegrown opera star Jon Christos, and Jenny Williams, one of Britain’s top young classical singers. The finale will include a spectacular fireworks display.

Tickets cost £15 (booking fee applies) and are on sale now. Call 0844 815 6141 or log on towww.visitsalford.info

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AdeleAugust 17th 2009.

Gutted! Anyone want my tickets?

City slickaAugust 17th 2009.

"Manchester gets Elbow, Salford gets Chris de Burgh" 'nuf said. Anyone else wondered why an international org like the Beeb signed up to Salford 'city' council's policy of selling the first tranche of cheap £10 tickets to 'Salford residents Only' - for an internationally broadcast event like Last night of Proms? Surely not the small-town attitude you'd expect for a 'world-class events venue' - nor one you'd expect the BBC to associate itself with. Sure, Salford as a former poor district in Manchester has its poverty like Manchester has, but it's got its Worsley footballer territory as well. Don't cities look outside their boundaries?

Brett SinclairAugust 17th 2009.

I think there are a number of reasons behind Chris de Burgh headlining. The BBC have a massive say in the matter seeing as it is the BBC proms, not the Salford City Council Proms. At least Salford Council are doing something for the local people and at least there are tickets available for Proms for the public, up to 10,000 will get to see them, unlike the privileged few who got to see Elbow at Halle - etc etc There is also the fact that there is another event that night, Coldplay whom, I believe, are being supported by Girls Aloud. So Mr de Burgh will be catering to a different market. I'm not a fan of his but a lot of people are. I'm sure many a wedding dj would be lost without his copy of Lady in Red! I like Elbow but I can imagine a lot of people have never heard of them. This is irrelevant. What is all this nonsense about looking outside boundaries? Salford does this all the time. When it does so, it gets accused of not concentrating on its own residents or trying to get one over on Manchester when all they're trying to do is raise the City's profile. Last year Russell Watson headlined. He was about as local as you can get and has a national/global appeal.

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