It’s official, it’s not long before Bruce Springsteen, the man considered to be one of the greatest rock and roll performers of all time, will take to the stage at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and play one of his legendarily long sets.
Bruce Springsteen often performs for between three and four hours during his gigs, and takes requests from audience members who bring placards and banners with the names of their favourite songs emblazoned across them.
The E Street band are the beating heart of Springsteen’s shows, never dropping a beat, and bringing his lengthy back-catalogue to life while Bruce charges round the stage with his iconic Fender Telecaster guitar.
The Boss will play around 30 songs during his set at the Millennium Stadium, the second time he has performed at the venue, the first being in 2008 when he broke the Stadium’s curfew on a particularly beautiful evening, meaning the roof was open for all of Cardiff to hear.
Bruce Springsteen’s Cardiff show will begin at 7pm, and will probably finish between 10:30-11:00pm. In other dates on his UK tour he has wowed audiences with four hour long sets, and dedicated a song to teenager Trayvon Martin who was deemed to be lawfully killed in Florida under the state’s ‘stand your ground’ law.
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The US rocker will perform in Cardiff just weeks after Rihanna wowed a 60,000 Millennium Stadium audience, heralding a sizzling summer season at the venue.
Venue sales manager Alex Luff is confident the venue will be in great shape, after the touring production team already started to rock into town at the weekend fresh from his Belfast gig.
“The Millennium Stadium has an excellent reputation within the live music industry for exceptional event delivery and it is for this reason that major artists and their promoters choose to bring their world-wide tours back to Cardiff,” said Luff.
“The city has enjoyed an exciting summer of events for 2013, with Speedway and Rihanna and now Springsteen and Cardiff Mardi Gras up next, and we’ve really showcased the absolute multi-functionality we have on offer here at the Millennium Stadium.”
Additionally up to 700 stewards and 500 catering staff will be brought in to look after Springsteen’s loyal fans on the night of the big event.
“The next few days will be busy as we work with the touring parties coming in from Belfast to set the perfect stage for the artist. Stadium staff will also be working hard behind the scenes to get the venue ready for the public, making their final checks over the weekend.”
Mr Luff added: “If the concert in 2008 is anything to go by, it’s going to be a spectacular show and fans can be sure of a fantastic night out in Cardiff on Tuesday.”
Arriva Trains Wales is advising those planning to travel by train after the Bruce Springsteen the E Street Band concert at the Millennium Stadium on Tuesday 23rd July that limited additional services will be available after 22.30 hrs and to ensure they leave the event in good time.
With gates opening at the Millennium Stadium from 16.30 and around 50,000 fans expected at the event, train services are expected to be extremely busy throughout the evening. Arriva Trains Wales will be providing extra train services and additional seating capacity where possible.
The usual post-event queuing management system will be in place at Cardiff Central station after the concert, allowing passengers to board their train in the most efficient and safe manner.
Riverside car park will be closed at 18:00 until 01:00 on Wednesday 24th July. Gig-goers will be unable to park or collect cars from Riverside car park during these times.
Real-time running information for all Arriva Trains Wales services can be found at www.journeycheck.com/arrivatrainswales