Tom Jones, the iconic pop legend, to headline the second edition of the Music Weekender at Salt and Tar in Bootle.
Sefton Council collaborated with Live Nation to secure the major booking, building on a successful weekend featuring Red Rum Club, Cast, and The Lathums earlier this summer.
The Welsh singer has had a successful six-decade career, selling over 100 million records.
The world-famous performer will visit Bootle in summer 2024, following his Ages & Stages UK and Australia tour, which begins in December.
The Music Weekender takes place from Friday, August 16th to Sunday, August 18th, 2024, with Jones performing on both Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, December 1st, tickets will go on general sale at 9 a.m. On Wednesday, November 29th, O2 customers will have access to a presale, and anyone who signs up through the website will have access to a second presale on Thursday, November 30th.
Other weekend headline acts will be announced in the near future.
Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the legendary Tom Jones to Bootle next summer. Salt and Tar, even in a short time, has established itself as an excellent entertainment venue in the heart of Sefton.
“The 2024 Music Weekender is another step in our ambitious plans to provide a thriving entertainment hub in the Borough.
“Regenerating Bootle is one of Sefton Council’s leading priorities, and the events we have had at Salt and Tar so far have shown what a vibrant place it is. I am sure this announcement will go even further towards putting Bootle on the map.”
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said:
“We have lofty ambitions for our regeneration programme and this coup for Bootle is yet another example of our aspirations, and our commitment to deliver.
“Feedback from last year’s event from residents was not to stop, to carry on and do it bigger and better. Well I don’t think the draw comes much bigger than Tom Jones. We are hugely excited and can’t wait for the spectacular show to start.”
More than 6,000 tickets were sold for this year’s Music Weekender, with attendees coming from all over the UK and as far away as France and Australia. Sefton Council received positive feedback from artists, vendors, and residents, as well as some constructive feedback that will help organise the 2024 edition. The festival has been named a finalist for Best Small Festival in the UK Festival Awards, which will be held on Tuesday, December 5th.
Before Jones and company arrive, Salt and Tar will host a Winter Market from Friday, December 8th to Sunday, December 10th, with locally sourced street food, drinks, and live entertainment. The calendar for next year includes a comedy event, an International Festival, and summer holiday activities for the entire family.
Tickets for the 2024 Music Weekender will be available here.