Stars sing praises for Stoke-on-Trent at sell out pop concert
By Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Sell out concert was a shining success as stars praise thousands of fans that queue in the rain for star studded performance.
Around 15,000 music fans flocked to Hanley Park, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday for 2011Live which raised more than £10,000 for local charities.
The event, organised by HSL and supported by Signal Radio and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, saw performances from stars including The Wanted, Tinchy Stryder, Nicola Roberts, Soundgirl, Wonderland, Loick Essein and Pixie Lott.
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Kicking off the performances was pop pin-up Pixie Lott who said: "It is always really exciting when there are big crowds like this."
Urban-pop breakout artist Talay Riley, 20, who was one of the acts at 2010Live and came back to Stoke-on-Trent for this year's 2011Live, said: "It really was a good crowd. I was here last year and I think this year's crowd has been better, very noisy and more people."
The noise and enthusiasm of the Stoke-on-Trent crowd was a running theme for many artists who were glad to be back in the city renowned for its friendly faces.
Loick Essein, who is currently in the top five with his single – How we Roll - was glad to be back in the city. He said: "It is really good to be back in Stoke-on-Trent they are always a good crowd. There were lots of happy people despite it raining early on."
Five piece band Parade, who burst on to the scene this year with their debut single Louder, said: "It was amazing. We came here on tour a couple of weeks ago so were really looking forward to coming back. There were so many banners and faces we recognised."
Wonderland, whose self titled album entered the UK Album Chart at number 8 this year, making it the highest charting debut album from any girl group since Girls Aloud in 2002, said: "It was brilliant. The audience was amazing and so much fun singing along to our songs."
Tayler Whitehead, 10, of Burnwood Primary School won the schools competition and had her wording chosen for the inside of a giant card presented to pop princess Nicola Roberts to welcome the stars to the city.
She said: This is the first concert I have ever been to and it has been amazing. I love my music and Tinchy Stryder is one of my favourites so it really has been great to get backstage and meet some of the stars."
Local teenager Kayleigh Pointon, from Congleton, was the lucky winner of the Golden Ticket who got to meet the stars back stage and said the experience "made her day".
The 19-year-old said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard. I had the golden ticket in my hand and just kept saying that's my ticket. It was going to be good anyway but finding this out made it amazing."
Speaking on the day Lord Mayor Councillor Terry Follows thanked the city for supporting the event and announced more than £10,000 had been raised from ticket sales for local charities – Donna Louise Trust, Help a Signal Child, Douglas Macmillan and Dot Griffith.
Councillor Mark Meredith, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for economic development, said: "It is pleasing to see so many people came out to Hanley Park on Saturday to not only have a great time but help raise money for such good causes. Events like 2011Live really put Stoke-on-Trent on the map and showcase our city as a venue for amazing music concerts such as this. It is great to hear the stars were so taken by our city and the enthusiastic fans which made the event such a success."