Monday, September 18, 2023

News: The Reytons promoter planning massive outdoor gigs at Rotherham's Clifton Park next year


One of the world’s top ten leading concert promoters is planning two massive outdoor concerts at Clifton Park in Rotherham next summer, and they just so happen to promote hometown heroes, The Reytons.

FKP Scorpio is a Hamburg-based event company responsible for some Europe's biggest festivals such as Hurricane and Southside. Launching in the UK in 2020, the firm is a tour partner of music giants such as The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

The UK office has recently applied to Rotherham Council for a licence that would enable two events at Clifton Park in Rotherham town centre on July 6 and 7 2024.

The licence covers the performance of live music, any playing of recorded music and the sale by retail of alcohol. "Opening hours" would be from 3pm until 11:30pm, although activity, including soundchecks, could take place from the Friday afternoon.

Documents submitted as part of the application show that the site would have a capacity of 20,000.

The stage would be situated on the extended car park area off Doncaster Road, with bars, toilets, food areas, backstage and medical tents all enclosed in a "steelsheild"

The perimeter is shown around the car park, along the tree line on Middle Lane, along a tree-lined avenue towards the musuem, across the field towards the fun park and back along the path opposite the play area. Plans, drawn up by SC Productions Ltd, show two customer entrances and exits - one opposite the fun park and one in the field that backs onto Clifton Grove.

Consultants at SC Productions Ltd have worked on high profile events such as concerts at Knebworth and Cardiff Castle, Creamfields and Ed Sheeran's stadium tour.

With a potential for 40,000 in attendance over the two days, the proposed event would certainly be the biggest in recent memory for the town. Fake Festivals, Oktoberfest events and Proms in the Park haven't matched the scale of T-Rex over 50 years ago in 1971, or The Specials at nearby Herringthorpe Playing Fields in 1981.

Of course, Clifton Park is no stranger to large crowds. Almost 90,000 headed there over two days for the recent Rotherham Show, the largest free cultural festival to take place in the North of England.

The Rotherham licence application does not reveal who the July 2024 event at Clifton Park will be for.

But FKP Scorpio UK is currently promoting South Yorkshire-formed indie group, The Reytons, on their UK tour. A tour which culminates in massive "hometown show" at Sheffield Arena at the end of this month.

Releasing 100% independently, with no label backing, The Reytons secured their first-ever Number 1 album with "What’s Rock And Roll?" at the start of 2023.

The journey began with 350 people at Plug (now Network) in Sheffield, via The Leadmill, O2 Academy, the fruit and veg aisle at Tesco Extra, and Magna in Rotherham (the 4,500 capacity 2022 gig which sold out in ten hours), before reaching the 12,500 capacity Utilita Arena.

After a summer of festivals and their biggest UK tour, could Clifton Park 2024 be the biggest and best yet? A true homecoming for the lads who sang that "Clifton Park was Disneyland" on their debut album, "Kids Off The Estate" (and where the video was filmed).

Images: The Reytons / FKP Scorpio / SC Productions Ltd


Anonymous,  September 18, 2023 at 12:29 PM  

Superb news and will be a massive boost to town centre,just hope the fools at RMBC and SYP don't throw spanner in works!

Anonymous,  September 18, 2023 at 7:28 PM  

Would be great for the town . Im a resident of Clifton so im defo up for it on my doorstep

Anonymous,  September 19, 2023 at 11:15 AM  

Clifton Park has been criminally underused for this kind of thing over the years.

We should try and poach Tramlines from Sheffield seeing as the residents are fed up of it.

Anonymous,  September 19, 2023 at 1:54 PM  

Agree above,this sort of event with its proximity to town centre,could be a massive boost to Rotherham's night time economy,with revellers drinking/eating in town centre bars and restaurants,just need more to open!

Anonymous September 19, 2023 at 2:14 PM  

Great news, look forward to going if all goes well and I'm confident the turn out will be good as well.

Agree with the night time economy comment, shame the town centre is so lacking in this respect these days. But if you want to put a bet on, buy a vape, get a new mobile, eat a takeaway or a Greggs then you're more than sorted!

Anonymous,  September 21, 2023 at 6:55 AM  

We do have pubs and bars the only problem is how run down most of it is....its like the pubs have just given up.

Anonymous,  September 21, 2023 at 12:26 PM  

Yes,there are some bars,but not enough for a viable destination night out,likes of Doncaster or even Barnsley.

Anonymous,  September 22, 2023 at 2:13 PM  

Could this be the new location for Wentworth Festival?

(Obviously the name will have to change)

Anonymous,  September 22, 2023 at 6:39 PM  

Maybe could be new home of Wentworth festival,but this is definitely a separate proper event organised by big players,not Toby(born in Rotherham but loves Barnsley)Foster!

Anonymous,  September 26, 2023 at 11:31 AM  

Wonder his parents didn't christen him Toby Guiness Peroni Foster

Anonymous,  September 30, 2023 at 9:08 AM  

He has a sister called Stella Foster

Anonymous,  October 1, 2023 at 7:23 AM  

Apparently she's the black sheep of the family.

Anonymous,  October 19, 2023 at 2:54 PM  

Why does Clifton Park always have to be dumped with this crap - no consideration is ever given to anyone living round there. It's a nightmare when the Rotherham Show is on - because lazy idle people can't be arsed to walk a few yards from the designated parking, you're either stuck in the house or have to stay out all day because you can't get parked up when you get back. There's an increase in litter and undesireables - the area has gone downhill in recent years as it is. It's about time Rotherham Council found somewhere else to suffer.

Anonymous,  February 3, 2024 at 10:03 AM  

The park was there before youived in your house. Perhaps move if you're so unhappy with growth and trying to bring a positive vibe back to Rotherham

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