Leeds United: Elland Road set to host three music concerts a year

Fans at Elland Road enjoy the Kaiser Chiefs.
Fans at Elland Road enjoy the Kaiser Chiefs.
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LEEDS United’s Elland Road ground could soon be staging three massive music concerts every year.

United’s application for a licence for June’s gig at the stadium by rock legend Rod Stewart will go before city council bosses next Tuesday.

The club only secured a “time limited” licence for the most recent outdoor concert at the ground, the 30,000-capacity homecoming show by Kaiser Chiefs in 2008.

This time around, however, United are seeking a permanent licence that would allow them to stage a hat-trick of music events each year.

United chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “We made the application on the basis that it will allow us to have three dates per year without the need to formally apply for a licence.

“This doesn’t mean we can stage whatever we want when we want. Each and any event will need its own management plan that is approved by the council and the emergency services with at least 90 days notice. We’ve already stated that we need to utilise the stadium as a venue beyond matchdays.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands Rod Stewart is the only artist due to play at Elland Road in 2011, even if the ‘three-a-year’ permit bid is successful.

United’s licence application indicates that concerts in future years would take place in either May or June.

A report compiled for next week’s meeting also reveals that West Yorkshire Police said earlier this month that they would be submitting a representation against the application. Leeds are confident police concerns have been addressed.