Cliff Richard concert moved because of rain

Sir Cliff Richard at the Diamond Jubilee concert Photo: PA Images

Promoters have moved an open air gig at Old Trafford to the indoor Manchester Arena – due to 'unseasonal Spring weather'.

The evening gig on June 2 was due to be held at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

It is understood the decision to move the concert was made by promoters Logistik Ltd, and is not due to concerns by the cricket club about the state of the pitch.

Staff at the cricket club are believed to have been in regular contact with Sir Cliff's promoters in the lead up to the decision being announced.

A statement on Sir Cliff's website cites 'unseasonal Spring weather' as one reason for the move – along with an 'unforseen large scale public event in the locality'.

That is believed to be an exhibition match between Manchester United Legends versus Real Madrid Legends due to take place at the Reds' Old Trafford ground - where boyband JLS will also perform.

JLS – who recently announced they were to split following a farewell tour – will sing a medley of hits at the opening of the match, starring Real greats including Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo.

In a statement on Sir Cliff's website, it says: "The Promoters (IEC Global Ltd and Logistik Ltd) regretfully decided that due to the unseasonal Spring weather and in addition to an unforeseen large-scale public event within the locality, (outside their control) relocating the concert is the best option in the circumstances.

"The promoters are not prepared to compromise either on the quality of the customer experience or on their ability to deliver operational effectiveness."

The Manchester date is one of seven on Sir Cliff's Still Reelin' and A Rockin' Tour around the UK.

The star's other concert dates at outside venues – including Harewood House in Leeds and Sussex County Cricket Club – remain unchanged.

A spokesman for events at Lancashire CCC declined to comment.

A spokeswoman from promoters Logistik Ltd did not respond to a request for a comment on why the concert had been moved.