McFly pledge to come to town

IT'S all about you!In the words of their song, that was the message to disappointed McFly fans in the Ipswich area today as the band pledged to come back to the town in the autumn.

IT'S all about you!

In the words of their song, that was the message to disappointed McFly fans in the Ipswich area today as the band pledged to come back to the town in the autumn.

Thousands of McFly fans were left out of pocket earlier this month after it was announced that the boyband's concert in Christchurch Park had to be cancelled after promoter John Hessenthaler Productions called in administrators.

It looked as if more than 3,000 ticket holders would lose £25 each.

Ipswich Town stepped in to offer to swap McFly tickets for tickets for the team's attractive friendly with Atletico Madrid on the same day.

But now McFly's manager has pledged that everyone who bought a ticket for concert will be able to see the boys in action in the town this year.

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Stung by claims that the band had received thousands of pounds as a deposit for the show while their fans had lost money, the band pledged that everyone who had bought a ticket would see them perform – at no extra cost.

Manager Matthew Fletcher told The Evening Star: "All the boys are very, very disappointed about what has happened and are determined that their fans should not miss out.

"They will be performing in Ipswich, or at least in the Ipswich area, in the autumn at the end of their arena tour which finishes in October.

"We are looking for a suitable venue – but it might be that they have to do two shows in one day.

"We had planned to wait until everything is sorted out before making an announcement – but now we feel we have to put the record straight after all the negative publicity."

Ipswich Town had asked the band to play a 30-minute set before the Atletico match as a way of compensating fans.

Mr Fletcher said that McFly appreciated the offer, but had felt that they would not be able to give their fans value for money under such an arrangement.

"We are very grateful to Ipswich Town for offering so much help to our fans, but I'm afraid that while the PA system at Portman Road is very good, it is nowhere near good enough to do justice to McFly's music."

Concerts at the stadium bring in their own sound systems and don't rely on the clubs own PA.

Mr Fletcher said: "But we certainly haven't abandoned our fans with tickets. We will be in town this autumn to fulfil our obligation to them.

"The concert was cancelled for reasons totally out of our control and we are anxious to give the fans a show – even though it will cost us money."

The show – or shows – would only be for those with tickets for the Christchurch Park concert.

Around 100 tickets have already been exchanged for the football match – and officials at Portman Road were today reconsidering how to deal with ticket exchanges.

They have a record of everyone who has exchanged a ticket, and a spokesman for the club said they would be speaking to McFly's management to ensure that anyone who had exchanged a ticket would still be able to get to the McFly concert in the autumn.

McFly have already visited Ipswich twice – as support for Busted in Christchurch Park last summer and headlining their own show at the Regent last October.

Since then their popularity around the world has grown, and they headlined the Japanese Live Eight concert earlier this month.