Derby Summer Sessions: Rick Astley and Madness concert to start early to accommodate Euros 2024 final

Pop legend Rick Astley will perform at Derby’s Summer Sessions on Sunday ahead of the Euros finalPop legend Rick Astley will perform at Derby’s Summer Sessions on Sunday ahead of the Euros final
Pop legend Rick Astley will perform at Derby’s Summer Sessions on Sunday ahead of the Euros final | Derby Summer Sessions

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‘Three Lions’ legends, The Lightning Seeds will play at the Derby concert ahead of Euros finals

Music fans who booked tickets to see Derby Summer Sessions can now enjoy an extra football treat, thanks to quick-thinking organisers of the Markeaton Park concert.

The Euros final that will see England take on Spain, clashes with the last day of the concert on Sunday July 14, 2024.

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Today (Thursday July 11, 2024), organisers announced that the final day of live music will start early, leading up to an on-site screening of the Euros 2024 Final.

It will be a big weekend in Derby, where Markeaton Park is set become a centre for top-tier summer entertainment with the debut of TK Maxx Presents Derby Summer Sessions.

Fans will be able to experience the match on a 9m by 5m LED screen, and gates will open at 2pm.

Deco will kick off the entertainment followed by The Lightning Seeds, when festival goers can sing along with the band’s anthemic 1996 hit ‘Three Lions’ ahead of the match.

Pop icon Rick Astley will head to the stage straight after, followed by headliners Madness, before the day ends with the final match starting at 8pm.

This will provide a unique opportunity for fans to indulge in two of the country’s most beloved pastimes in one special venue, a celebration of the spirit of summer and a landmark event in Derby’s cultural calendar.

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Festival co-founder, Peter Taylor, said: “Congratulations to England for making it through to the final of the competition.

“What brilliant timing for the game, when we have The Lightning Seeds on the bill this Sunday at Derby Summer Sessions.

“Hearing them perform Three Lions ahead of the match is going to be brilliant and will create an amazing atmosphere for the festival.

“You’d have thought we knew this would happen!”

Here is the Derby Summer Sessions 2024 line-up

Friday, July 12

  • Headliner Becky Hill
  • Jax Jones
  • Caity Baser

Saturday, July 13

  • Headliner Tom Jones
  • Gabrielle
  • The Selecter
  • Kezia Gill

Sunday, July 14

  • Headliner Madness
  • Rick Astley
  • The Lightning Seeds
  • Deco

People reacted with relief at the amended times, which would allow them to cheer on England.

Claire Harrison said: ‘I was so hoping this was going to happen! This is going to be amazing!’

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Chris Dobson, one super hopeful footie fan said: ‘PS just to make it the perfect Sunday, if you can arrange for England to win and then The Lightning Seeds to come back on stage and do a reworded ICH that would be awesome! Think you'd be going hyper viral if you did!’

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