Ageas Bowl in West End wants to host large music concerts once again

The Ageas Bowl

Liam Gallagher performed at The Rose Bowl with Oasis

REM and lead singer Michael Stipe played at gig at The Rose Bowl

Pavarotti

First published in Eastleigh Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

MAJOR live music events look set to return to the home of Hampshire cricket for the first time in three years.

Bosses at the Ageas Bowl – formerly the Rose Bowl – want to host four-concerts in two years at the 35,000-capacity stadium in West End.

They have already used former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney as an example of the kind of artist capable of packing out the stunning venue.

It will come as exciting news to the tens of thousands of music fans from across the south who have flocked to the ground in the past to watch world-famous rockers like Oasis, The Who and REM.

The venue was also transformed into a giant open air concert venue to welcome veteran stars Neil Diamond and Billy Joel.

The late great tenor Luciano Pavarotti, pictured, had also been lined up to perform at the Rose Bowl, but had to pull out due to ill health.

Concerts have not been staged at the international cricket venue since 2009 as building work has been taking place on new stands and facilities.

Although no acts have yet been booked to perform, a planning application has been submitted for temporary two-year permission that would pave the way for up to four concerts.

Two similar planning bids were approved in 2005 and 2007 during which five major performers lit up the stadium.

A report says the new larger capacity will make the ground an attractive proposition for promoters and artists with a “substantial fan following”.

The report adds: “An example would be Sir Paul McCartney who attracts high audience figures and indeed filled the Millennium Stadium in 2010.”

The planning bid comes just months after controversy raged over the decision to spend millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money buying the land and buildings at the Ageas Bowl.

Members of Liberal Democrat- controlled Eastleigh Borough Council voted along party lines to snap up the ground’s 999-year-lease for £6.5m. The money, which would come from a borrowing facility available to the authority, has still not been handed over to complete the deal because “complex” transactions need to be finalised.

At the time of the decision a report revealed finances at the ground were “perilous”.

Separate plans were also given the nod to pay for a £30m luxury hotel at the ground, funds for which would be transferred on completion of the building.

Opposition Conservative councillors have branded the funding arrangement “risky”.

But council leader Keith House has always maintained the deal makes sound financial sense and that it will raise the profile of the borough of Eastleigh, creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

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2:56pm Fri 25 May 12

sarfhamton says...

Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here! sarfhamton
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4:16pm Fri 25 May 12

Smartiepants says...

Absolutely, they used to have gigs down at Royal Victoria but when I enquired as to why they weren't having anymore it was down to costs and health and safety.
Absolutely, they used to have gigs down at Royal Victoria but when I enquired as to why they weren't having anymore it was down to costs and health and safety. Smartiepants
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5:06pm Fri 25 May 12

dogbruce says...

Going to see Bruce Springsteen in SUNDERLAND :( would of done a great concert here and no travelling for me involved either :)
Going to see Bruce Springsteen in SUNDERLAND :( would of done a great concert here and no travelling for me involved either :) dogbruce
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11:01pm Fri 25 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
What are you talking about ? Southampton has ALWAYS been on the map, musically. If I were to list all the big-name artists who have played The Mayflower ( it used to be called The Gaumont), you would be reading it for hours. Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix.......and Hendrix gigged at the Guildhall, too. And Southampton Uni has always staged big names - I saw U2 there, and I don't go to concerts as a rule. Oh yes, and there was a hall down by the parks, part of the old Tech College, now Solent Uni. I saw Black Sabbath and Curved Air there. You can be sure that the entire history of British and American pop, blues and jazz has played somewhere in Southampton sometime. Except Elvis.
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here![/p][/quote]What are you talking about ? Southampton has ALWAYS been on the map, musically. If I were to list all the big-name artists who have played The Mayflower ( it used to be called The Gaumont), you would be reading it for hours. Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix.......and Hendrix gigged at the Guildhall, too. And Southampton Uni has always staged big names - I saw U2 there, and I don't go to concerts as a rule. Oh yes, and there was a hall down by the parks, part of the old Tech College, now Solent Uni. I saw Black Sabbath and Curved Air there. You can be sure that the entire history of British and American pop, blues and jazz has played somewhere in Southampton sometime. Except Elvis. BillyTheKid
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11:14pm Fri 25 May 12

ameliaS says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!!
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here![/p][/quote]Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!! ameliaS
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11:25pm Fri 25 May 12

ameliaS says...

I doubt a company with "perilous finances" could afford Macca's fee, then again they could always ask the Council to stump up. (no pun intended!)
I doubt a company with "perilous finances" could afford Macca's fee, then again they could always ask the Council to stump up. (no pun intended!) ameliaS
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10:24am Sat 26 May 12

westendsaint says...

ameliaS wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!!
WEST END actually.
[quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here![/p][/quote]Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!![/p][/quote]WEST END actually. westendsaint
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12:09pm Sat 26 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

ameliaS wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!!
Exactly ! Everybody remembers and knows how to spell "rose". But what on earth is an "ageas" ? I must have missed this original bit of news, but the Ageas Bowl sounds like it might be just outside of Palestine ! Suppose it is owned by that Belgian insurance firm.

Ageas Bowl.......it's a horrible name. Thank goodness it was not bought by a Swedish company, otherwise it might have been called .....I dunno....The Stojillegursnirp Bowl ! ! ! We've never seen the Danish "B astarde" chocolate biscuits on our shelves, and "Stollen" always makes me think of thieves !
[quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here![/p][/quote]Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!![/p][/quote]Exactly ! Everybody remembers and knows how to spell "rose". But what on earth is an "ageas" ? I must have missed this original bit of news, but the Ageas Bowl sounds like it might be just outside of Palestine ! Suppose it is owned by that Belgian insurance firm. Ageas Bowl.......it's a horrible name. Thank goodness it was not bought by a Swedish company, otherwise it might have been called .....I dunno....The Stojillegursnirp Bowl ! ! ! We've never seen the Danish "B astarde" chocolate biscuits on our shelves, and "Stollen" always makes me think of thieves ! BillyTheKid
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1:37pm Sat 26 May 12

ameliaS says...

westendsaint wrote:
ameliaS wrote:
sarfhamton wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!!
WEST END actually.
West End is definitely in the Borough of Eastleigh, not part of Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]westendsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here![/p][/quote]Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!![/p][/quote]WEST END actually.[/p][/quote]West End is definitely in the Borough of Eastleigh, not part of Southampton. ameliaS
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5:27pm Sat 26 May 12

ToastyTea says...

ameliaS wrote:
westendsaint wrote:
ameliaS wrote:
sarfhamton wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!!
WEST END actually.
West End is definitely in the Borough of Eastleigh, not part of Southampton.
still, pretty much Southampton though eh and I'm sure most people think of it as that.
[quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westendsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here![/p][/quote]Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!![/p][/quote]WEST END actually.[/p][/quote]West End is definitely in the Borough of Eastleigh, not part of Southampton.[/p][/quote]still, pretty much Southampton though eh and I'm sure most people think of it as that. ToastyTea
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6:00pm Sat 26 May 12

ameliaS says...

ToastyTea wrote:
ameliaS wrote:
westendsaint wrote:
ameliaS wrote:
sarfhamton wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here!
Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!!
WEST END actually.
West End is definitely in the Borough of Eastleigh, not part of Southampton.
still, pretty much Southampton though eh and I'm sure most people think of it as that.
Everyone who lives in Eastleigh knows that the Rose Bowl is here. We're the ones who are having to pick up the £squillions bill to bail it out - "perilous finances". But if you'd like to move West End to Southampton, great! Let SCC and Sotonians be saddled with the debt!
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westendsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ameliaS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Great news, put Southampton on the map and lets have The Stone Roses down here![/p][/quote]Southampton?? The Rose Bowl (can't be bothered to look up the spelling of the new name) is in Eastleigh!!![/p][/quote]WEST END actually.[/p][/quote]West End is definitely in the Borough of Eastleigh, not part of Southampton.[/p][/quote]still, pretty much Southampton though eh and I'm sure most people think of it as that.[/p][/quote]Everyone who lives in Eastleigh knows that the Rose Bowl is here. We're the ones who are having to pick up the £squillions bill to bail it out - "perilous finances". But if you'd like to move West End to Southampton, great! Let SCC and Sotonians be saddled with the debt! ameliaS
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