Cricket venue could become ‘Leicester’s premium outdoor venue’ after licence granted

Leicestershire County Cricket Club's Sir Elton John concert

Almost 20,000 people could attend large scale events in Leicester after Leicestershire County Cricket Club was granted a new premises licence.

The club says the move unlocks its potential to be “Leicester’s premium outdoor venue”.

The Uptonsteel County Ground now has the go-ahead to host two major events every year with a crowd capacity of up to 19,999 people.

Sean Jarvis, CEO of Leicestershire County Cricket Club said the licence was one of the first steps in meeting the club’s KPIs which will secure the long-term future of the club.

“This new licence gives us greater flexibility when working with artists and promoters to organise large-scale events at the Uptonsteel County Ground,” he said.

“Having already attracted the likes of Sir Elton John previously, we are really looking forward to securing other big-name artists to our events calendar.

“In the coming days, we will be announcing our first outdoor show for summer 2021; we expect tickets to sell very quickly, so sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know.

“We now have the means to position ourselves as the premium outdoor venue in Leicestershire for live music, plays, films or dance performances.

“Our team have already been in discussions with event’s organisers to prepare to schedule a programme of first-class events for people who live in and around the region to enjoy.

“Whether you’re a cricket lover or not, outdoor events will attract friends and families to the Uptonsteel Country Ground, helping us to increase revenue which is vital to the future of the club.”

Sir Elton John famously played at the venue in 2016 to a packed crowd. Since then, outdoor cinema, west end shows and fireworks events have been hosted at the ground.

A double-header concert of Westlife and Little Mix was planned in 2020, however the concerts were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.