Facelift could bring more fame to the National Bowl - but the Foo Fighters love it just how it is!

Millions of pounds could be spent on transforming the National Bowl into a world class music venue, the Citizen can reveal.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 11:04 am
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2016, 11:08 am
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The back to grass roots move comes after two major plans for alternative uses have fallen flat.

Now Milton Keynes Development Partnership is consulting national music and leisure experts about the Bowl’s future.

They have launched a feasibility study into what improvements are needed and how they would be financed.

MKDP chief executive Charles Macdonald told the Citizen: “We’re looking to improve the Bowl and increase its credibility in the music industry. The Bowl is very much loved and it’s important that we get it right.”

Built in the 1970s, the venue was designed in the style of the Hollywood Bowl to take audiences of up to 65,000 people.

It has no electricity, no permanent toilets and no water.

Last year plans to build the UK’s biggest water park there belly flopped after problems with the investors and management company involved.

A plan to develop a world class badminton centre on the site also fell flat due to Badminton England experiencing funding problems.

The new proposal to concentrate on music and leisure is set to delighted the Foo Fighters, who were the latest superstars there in 2015.

In a music history book due to be released next year by city expert Sammy Jones, guitarist Chris Shiflett said: “I have very specific memories of the Bowl. I can honestly say that those were two of my favourite Foo Fighter shows that we have ever done. I think the venue is really amazing.”