Stereophonics are returning to North Wales this weekend for a sell-out gig in Wrexham.
Around 20,000 fans are expected to pack into the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium on Saturday to rock out with the Welsh band which is fronted by Kelly Jones.
The boys will be joined by special guests Fireroad, PINS, and Jake Bugg.
Excitement is already building as the band get ready to come back to the region following the success of their concert at the Racecourse in 2016.
It was the biggest to be held in Wrexham for 34 years and this year it looks to be even better.
Police are reminding residents, visitors and motorists that Wrexham will be busy and they should plan ahead.
North Wales Police are warning motorists that they will need to be patient and to expect some delays and diversions.
Chief Inspector Mark Williams said “We want concert goers to have a great time and for those not going to Racecourse ground to be able to go about their business as easily as possible.
“With such large numbers converging on the town it is important that people, especially those who are not going to the concert, are aware that it will be an extremely busy day and to bear this in mind when out and about.”
And to help you make the most of the day we’ve put together a handy guide on everything you need to know about the event - from directions, to performance times and parking.
Access to the event
The concert is sold out. All tickets were sent by recorded delivery and no duplicates can be issued.
Any ticketing issues should be raised with the ticket agency your tickets were purchased through in advance of the event as problems will not be able to be rectified on the day.
Any customers with accessibility requirements should email email@example.com
Your ticket will have either ‘RED ENTRY’ or ‘YELLOW ENTRY’ printed on them. You should follow the signs with this colour on to ensure you enter via the correct entry point.
The back of your ticket will have the below map printed on the back to help direct you.
What to do if you are taking children to the gig
All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.
Any fans bringing children under the age of eight should speak to a member of the security team when entering the venue so that they can assist with advice on safety and wellbeing.
Hearing protection available at the event will not be suitable for young children and must be specifically bought by parents/guardians and shown to security on entry, say organisers.
How to get to the Racecourse Stadium
The address of the venue for this event is: Mold Rd, Wrexham LL11 2AH
From the North
Leave the A483 from Chester at Junction 5 Wrexham, take the first exit off the roundabout and keep left towards Plas Coch Road then follow the event signage
From the South
Leave the A483 from Oswestry at Junction 5 Wrexham, take the third exit off the roundabout and keep left towards Plas Coch Road then follow the event signage
Tickets for the car park adjacent to the stadium, which is within the Wrexham University grounds are available on arrival. The cost of this will be £5 per vehicle.
Should you require a disabled parking space, please order your parking pass via/inform firstname.lastname@example.org of your booking.
There will be a disabled drop off point located on Crispin Lane. Please follow the road directions for parking and road signs on the day of the event.
Who are the support acts?
Aberdare Welsh rockers Fireroad are confirmed as the first performers on stage.
The band is fronted by Richard Jones – who was in Tragic Love Company (TLC) with Kelly, the late Stuart Cable and his bass-playing namesake in the early ’90s.
All-female five-piece Manchester band PINS also feature on the line-up.
Last year they got punk legend Iggy Pop to feature on one of their tracks called Aggrophone which featured on their EP Bad Thing.
Singer songwriter Jake Bugg is the final support act who will warm up the crowd for Stereophonics.
He recently released his fourth album Hearts That Strain, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. His music has been likened to early Beatles hits, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and early Bob Dylan.
Gates open: 3pm
Jake Bugg: 6.30pm
Will there be food and drink available?
Food and drink will be available to purchase throughout the event from 3pm once you have entered the stadium grounds.
Any food or drinks purchased outside of the stadium will not be able to be brought in with you, with the exception of unopened bottled water up to the size of 500ml.
To purchase alcohol, a strict Challenge 25 policy will be enforced on all bars.
Whilst some bars/catering outlets will be accepting cards, some will be cash only.
But there will be a cashpoint on site, although these are likely to have queues, so fans are advised to bring money with them to cover food and any merchandise purchases.
What items are banned from the event?
Prohibited items include alcohol, knives, fireworks, explosives, smoke canisters, aerosols, air-horns, noisemakers, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, illegal substances (including former legal highs), laser devices, umbrella’s, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles, or any article that may be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety or which may pose a hazard or nuisance to any other person, or any article to be used for a commercial or a charitable purpose. Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to or ejected from the Ground, and will not be issued a refund.
Camping/foldable chairs are also banned.
Any non-professional cameras (no large lenses) are fine to bring in, however, ipads, selfie sticks and go pro’s are not allowed.
There will be no cloakroom at the event, so only bring clothing and items that you need. If you are planning to stay locally overnight, make sure you check into your hotel and leave baggage there and don’t bring it with you to the concert.
Smoking is not permitted within the stands or pitch inside the stadium but there will be signs pointing out smoking areas.