A RUGBY league legend is gearing up to bring a huge music festival to Blackburn ­— and hopes to make it an annual event.

Andy Gregory has graced the pitches at Wembley, Old Trafford and Anfield during his sparkling rugby career.

Now the 60-year-old is set to light up Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park, but in a very different role.

The former Great Britain scrum-half is the driving force behind SummerFest, bringing 80s music icons, such as Boy George and The Human League, to Blackburn for a three-day festival in May.

For years Andy and his business partner, Tony Baldwin, have been organising sporting events and, two years ago, they decided to branch out and set up a gig in their hometown.

Struggling to land a venue in Wigan, the pair thanked their lucky stars when they managed to secure Ewood Park.

Now Summerfest organisers hope to make it an annual event.

Andy said: “They (Rovers) have been absolutely tremendous. Me and Tony cannot wait to work with them.

“Last time I was there, I was supporting Man United. Now we’re bringing in 30,000 people.

“We want to fill the stadium, the hotels, the pubs and for everyone to have a good time.

“We want people coming out with big smiles on their faces saying, ‘I’ll be coming back next year’.”

Signing on with Widnes at 17, Andy went on to play for Wigan, Warrington, Leeds and Great Britain during a glittering career from 1979 to 1995.

Celebrating his 60th birthday last year, his mother still lives in the same house he was born in and the entire Gregory family remains in Wigan.

He added: “Yes, I’m successful and I’ve played in some good teams, now I’m a proud part of a team called Summerfest with Blackburn Rovers and the council. It’s a good partnership.”

Summerfest with be at Ewood Park from May 27 to 29. Acts include The Human League, Midge Ure, Kim Wilde, Boy George & Culture Club, Tony Hadley, UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Maxi Priest, Aswad and Soul II Soul.

Visit summerfestevents.co.uk