Quo legends should prove massive draw at Symphony at the Tower

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi are performing at Hoghton Tower
Status Quo's Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi are performing at Hoghton Tower
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Status Quo hardly need an introduction.

This is, after all, a band that has sold more than 100m records worldwide, from early crowd favourites like Caroline and Down Down through to classics like Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want.

“This will be an electric show”

Francis Rossi

And this weekend they follow in the footsteps of James Blunt last year and The Human League in 2013 by headlining the first of a two-night music event at a Hoghton beauty spot, part of a major annual fund-raiser for St Catherine’s Hospice.

The legendary rockers, with Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt joined by long-time cohorts Andrew Bown and John ‘Rhino’ Edwards plus ‘new boy’ drummer Leon Cave, have been synonymous with chart success for decades.

They had more than 50 British hit singles before the last century even ended and more than any other group now, having also spent 500 weeks on the album charts.

Now they will bring their unique brand of classic rock and pop to Hoghton Tower, and are guaranteed to have the crowd singing and dancing along.

Francis Rossi said: “This will be an electric show.

“Sometimes you turn up somewhere you haven’t done before, which is quite refreshing really, and I think hospices like this are very good. They remind me of the Macmillan people who looked after my mother when she was dying.”

This year’s Symphony at the Tower events, two nights of live music, end a month of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the Lostock Hall hospice.

Status Quo take to the stage on Friday, along with two acts who come from closer to home; Blackburn’s New York Tourists and Clitheroe’s Good Foxy.

The following night on Saturday will see BRIT Award-winning classical vocal group Blake headline, the three-piece having sold more than 100,000 copies of their debut album and performed for Shirley Bassey’s 70th birthday party, in front of thousands at Wembley.

They will be joined on the night by the England Philharmonic Orchestra and Britain’s Got Talent 2014 runner-up Lucy Kay, whose rendition of Nessun Dorma made her a star and who toured most recently with classical music maestro Andrea Bocelli and BGT winners Collabro.

Saturday will close with a firework finale set to the music of the orchestra.

Picnics are welcome on the Saturday, although no food or drink can be brought into the concert arena on Friday.

There will however be stalls selling a variety of food and drink on each night.

Friday’s tickets are £35, Saturday’s are £29.50, and entry to the whole weekend is £59.

For tickets visit www.stcatherines.co.uk, ring the hospice on 01772 629171 or call into the hospice.