Jeff Lynne’s ELO could open the floodgates for other artists

Having seen them at Wembley the previous week with 70,000 people, Hull gave as good as they got to create the same electric atmosphere …

People dance, cheered, clapped and even cried at KCOM Stadium’s biggest ever gig.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO were the first major band to hit the city centre stadium after Rod Stewart last year, and it went down a storm.

The lasers, fire and fireworks created an atmosphere unlike anything seen in the city since the Made In Hull event at the beginning of our culture year.

Audience members showed their appreciation by saying it was the best gig they had ever been to and the light show was a true spectacular. Even support acts The Shires and Tom Chaplin had people on their feet.


Maybe it was the bottles of wine people were swigging – quite rightly – from the bottle or the fact the stadium was quickly running out of Carling, that people were shaking their heads in disbelief at just what a sight they were seeing.

Some people even showed their moves on the floor, but again I blame that on the daytime drinking.

Just under 20,000 people made their way to the venue on Saturday night and the drinks were flowing as the band blew everyone’s socks off with hits including Mr Blue Sky, Rollover Beethoven, Wild West Hero and Sweet Talkin’ Woman.


The social media response alone was enough for Mr Lynne to post his selfie of the Hull crowds and thank the city on the night for an amazing response.

Hopefully now other acts will see what a phenomenal response they will achieve from Hull if they decide to include us in their upcoming tours. Let’s please remind ourselves that Fleetwood Mac are embarking on a global tour next year, and if I don’t get to see it someone will be getting an earful from me.


The idea of entertainment company Livenation already keen on looking at the city for next year’s calendar is very exciting, and maybe ELO have opened the floodgates for Hull to become a musical destination.

Here’s hoping our charm and dancing ability being shown to the country will mean more of us can see some of the world’s most prestigious acts right on our doorstep.

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