Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band

More than 55,000 people are exp-ected to flood the city tonight for what is shaping up to be one of the biggest nights of entertainment to hit Perth in recent memory.

Inner-city publicans and police are expecting bumper crowds as a number of high-profile events collide, from Bruce Springsteen's sold-out show at Perth Arena to the Perth Scorchers' Big Bash League final at the WACA Ground and the opening night of the Perth International Arts Festival.

Fringe World, now nearly halfway through its run, is expecting strong crowds for tonight's typically eclectic program and the popular Twilight Hawkers Market, which routinely draws 7000 to 10,000 people to Forrest Chase, could enjoy a bigger-than-usual turnout as it celebrates Chinese New Year.

For lovers of sport, music, art and food, it is a rare feast.

Tickets to the Scorchers final sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale to the general public yesterday but there is no guarantee the WACA Ground will reach its 22,900 capacity, given that figure includes 7000 members. The WACA is hoping to top its record crowd of 19,495.

Springsteen's second show at the 15,000-capacity Arena was a sell-out long before overwhelmingly positive reviews from Wednesday night's performance had fans urging others online to "beg borrow or steal" tickets.

PIAF will kick off its three day opening celebration with a pyrotechnic show at Langley Park tonight, with more than 10,000 people expected.

Thousands more are expected at the festival's other events tonight and total weekend crowds should reach 75,000.

Fringe World festival director Amber Hasler said Friday was a "really huge" night for the festival across its venues.

The crowds drawn to the city will mean a busy time for bars and restaurants. The Boheme operations manager Saul Brockwell said the Murray Street bar and restaurant was expecting a huge night on a par with its biggest of the year.

Perth police station officer-in-charge Insp. Craig Parkin said police were told in advance when multiple events were happening in the CBD and Northbridge and additional resources were allocated accordingly.

"The decisions are made after a careful assessment of the crowd numbers, expected demographics of the crowd and other risk assessment factors," he said.

There would be an "appropriate number" of officers on duty to deal with the crowds and, if needed, police from other districts would be called on.

The West Australian

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