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Rick Astley announces free concert for all NHS frontline, primary care and emergency workers

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VIDEO: WARRINGTON’S own Rick Astley has announced a free concert for all NHS frontline staff, Primary Care workers and all blue light staff performing a career-spanning set at Manchester Arena.

Those eligible for tickets for the concert on Wednesday 28th October 2020 will be all frontline NHS staff, Primary Care workers plus the emergency services including Ambulance, Fire Brigade and Police across the United Kingdom.

Although from Newton-le-Willows born, Rick was “adopted” by Warrington, performing at the Mr Smiths nightclub after shotting to fame thanks to Pete Waterman and Woolston talent agent Dave Warwick.

Rick said: “Our NHS and emergency services are amazing. This concert is a thank you to all those fantastic frontline staff. I promise my band and I will give it everything to give you a great night out.”

Ticket applications must only be made by the eligible frontline staff (NHS staff, Primary Care staff and Emergency Services) who must bring their valid staff I.D card (original format, no photocopies) to the show, as ticket checks will be in operation. All tickets will carry the name of the person who made the booking, and this must match the name that is on the original I.D card or admission will be refused. The guest of the eligible staff member will need to present and enter the venue at the same time.

Tickets will be limited to 2 per person (eligible NHS, Primary Care & emergency service staff members and one guest) and will be available from Thursday 2nd April at 7pm via Ticketmaster.

Rick Astley has proven to be a consistently huge draw in the live arena. He’s sold over 100,000 tickets to his UK headline shows since releasing his chart-topping album ‘50’ in 2016. Last year saw him complete a gargantuan 38-date stadium tour as special guest to Take That in which he played to over 500,000 people.

Rick’s shows are a celebration, mixing the famous hits that he made his name (‘Whenever You Need Somebody’, ‘Together Forever’ and many more) alongside recent fan favourites such as ‘Keep Singing’, ‘Angels On My Side’ and ‘Beautiful Life’. Rick’s wide-ranging love of music means that his sets are often peppered with some inspired covers – as vintage as AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ and as contemporary as Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s ‘Giant’.

Pictures show Rick appearing at Warrington Parr Hall three years ago.

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