Shrewsbury Town Council has defended its decision to give the go ahead to the Let’s Rock Shrewsbury 80s music event this summer.
The concert, which will see the likes of Tony Hadley, Billy Ocean and ABC take to the stage, is due to be held in the Quarry on 27 May 2017.
In a letter to the trustees of the board of the West Mid Show, the council said the event was not something they could say no to, the Shropshire Star reported.
The organisers of the Shropshire County Show have complained about permission for the 80s event being granted, because it falls on the same day as the county show and they are concerned it will negatively affect attendance.
According to the letter from town clerk Helen Ball, over 1,000 tickets have already been sold by the promoter of the music event.
“These are new people to the town and this is a great opportunity to whet their appetite for coming back again to Shrewsbury,” Mrs Ball added.
She also repeated the belief that the demographic who will be attracted to the concert are not the same people who would visit the agricultural show. Mrs Ball also noted that because of the locations of the two events, infrastructure should not be affected.
The Quarry will also play host to a variety of food vendors and bars on the day, giving revellers plenty to enjoy along with the music. Other artists scheduled to perform include T’Pau, Nik Kershaw, Brother Beyond and Heaven 17.
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