Proms has ‘wow’ factor, say rock veterans Quo

Status Quo at Lytham Proms 2011
Status Quo at Lytham Proms 2011

THE staging of Lytham Proms has come in from glittering praise from one of Britain’s top rock acts.

Status Quo, who headlined the Proms last summer, reckon the event on Lytham Green, organised by St Annes-based promoters Cuffe and Taylor Management, certainly had the ‘wow’ factor.

The band have claimed in an interview with a fan publication that it was “the best gig we have done in England for years”.

Quo co-founder Francis Rossi said: “The stage was fantastic, the catering was great. It was ... WOW! We were all saying ‘Wow’. Whoever set that gig up in Lytham St Annes – everybody that’s in this business, my side of the business, should go check out how they did it, because that’s the way to do it.

“Whoever those people were, it was immense. Best gig we’ve done for years in England. The stage, the lights, everything.”

Band-mate Rick Parfitt, who like Rossi had been involved in Quo for more than 40 years, added: “It really was a well-organised gig. The stage was magnificent, very high, and one of those you look at and you know it’s correct, straightaway.

“It was a bit cold on the front, but you get around that with hot water bottles and bottles of hot water on your hands, before you go on. It was a bit breezy, too, but it was a lovely gig.”

A spokesman for Cuffe and Taylor, who bring Alfie Boe, Olly Murs and a host of 80s chart stars to the Proms this summer, said: “We’re pleased as punch!”