FOR young children across Merseyside, the weekend's McFly concert will no doubt be seen as one of the key events of their social calendar.
But it now seems that not everybody has been paying attention to this crucial diary date after it emerged that 8,000 wristband passes have been handed out with the wrong day printed on them.
Yesterday, the Liverpool Culture Company (LCC) said they will still be valid at the Mathew Street Festival concert even though they are clearly stamped as eligible for Sunday rather than Monday.
And the LCC, which is responsible for the wristbands, issued a statement saying that this was a "printing error", but that a "decision not to re-issue replacements was taken to avoid confusion and disappointment".
The statement added that the wristbands would still allow free entry to Radio City Live on Mathew Street on Monday between 11am to 1pm at Liverpool's Pier Head.
A spokesman for the Liverpool Culture Company added: "The tremendous publicity surrounding the McFly event means that most people will be aware that they are performing on Monday, not Sunday. To make sure, we are issuing announcements through HMV, where they were originally distributed, on our website and broadcast on Radio City."
Earlier yesterday, 1,000 more wristbands, bearing the correct date, were distributed to fans due to the phenomenal demand. Children queued with their parents from 4am at the city's New 08 building to get their hands on the passes, causing scenes reminiscent of Beatlemania during the 1960s. The first 8,000 had previously been snapped up in just three hours.
Bill Heckle, of The Mathew St Festival Company said: "The reason why we licensed the Capital of Culture Company to stage the festival was that their vast resources enable them to attract acts as popular as McFly, to the benefit of the festival and the city."
McFly, whose catchy pop songs have brought them hit singles and a number one album, will be playing at Europe's biggest free annual music festival alongside more than 150 other bands including The Stranglers, Lee Ryan, Lemar, Lucy Silvas and The Buzzcocks.
After announcing the release of the extra tickets, Tom Hunter, managing director at Radio City, said: "We have had such a fantastic
response to the first release of tickets that we decided we had to accommodate as many people as we physically could."
Radio City was forced to issue limited numbers of wristbands to ensure that the number attending McFly's performance remained within a safe level.
The free festival, now in its 13th year, is expected to attract more than 300,000 revellers to the six outdoor stages and more than 40 indoor venues over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Mr Hunter added: "Vast numbers are expected, this is an amazing line-up."
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