MKM News
October 12, 2015

Rod Stewart heads to Hull’s KC Stadium

rodHaving been a lifelong fan, our founder and CEO David Kilburn is realising a dream in bringing Rod Stewart to the city on 14th June 2016.

David has harboured a desire to see his favourite artist perform in his home city for some time.Now he has helped attract Rod, who will perform at the KC Stadium next summer.

David saw Rod Stewart perform at the Commonwealth Games last year felt it was about time we had someone like him in our home city.

He said:

“I wasn’t confident it would happen to be honest. I wanted to try and do it this year but he wasn’t touring.

“We kept up the discussions and he was prepared to do a stadium tour and we managed to persuade him to come to Hull.

“We have been working closely with Rod’s promoters and MKM is underwriting the whole thing.”

David admits pitching Hull to the star’s people has not been easy,

“Hull isn’t on the promoters’ list of places to come,” he said.

“We were prepared to underwrite the concert to take away that element of risk, but we are confident it will be a success.

“There will be 25,000 tickets on sale and we believe there will be a big catchment area because the nearest other Rod Stewart gig will probably be Carlisle.”

As well as seeing his idol, David has been driven by a desire to repay the city that has been so good to him. Proceeds from the concert will go to the local charities Daisy Appeal and Holy Trinity Church.

“We are trying to raise the profile of Hull,” he said. “MKM has been here for 21 years and we have had such good support locally. We wanted to give something back.”

Simon King, head of commercial at Hull KC, said the decision to hold a concert is not taken lightly.

“They are expensive to run,” he said, “so we are always taking a risk.

“We are the biggest venue in Hull and we should be holding concerts every summer.”

The charities benefiting, including Holy Trinity Church which needs £4m to pay for its restoration, have thanked David for making the charitable event happen.

“We want to congratulate David Kilburn publicly for pulling off this coup,” the Reverend Canon Dr Neal Barnes said. “This will be the first time in many years the KC Stadium has hosted a major music event and the Rod Stewart performance can put Hull back on the map for top-level concerts.”

The Daisy Appeal, which raises money to buy equipment for Hull Royal and Castle Hill hospitals, has also welcomed the news.

A spokesman said: “Big events like this are fantastic for the city. Our next fundraising target is £4.25m, so this concert will undoubtedly help towards us achieving that goal and saving even more lives.”

How to get tickets

Tickets go on sale from 9am on Friday 2nd October

Tickets cost £55, £75 and £95 plus special VIP packages are available. Visit www.ticketline.co.uk for details.