Coldplay's Chris Martin
Dunedin airport's limitations could be another stumbling
block to the city hosting top international music acts, it
It was revealed yesterday Coldplay had considered playing the
Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, but ruled it out for
The megaband from Britain is touring stadiums with its
Mylo Xyloto tour and yesterday announced four dates in
Australia and New Zealand, including one show in New Zealand
at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on November 10.
Asked yesterday if stadium representatives had tried to
persuade Coldplay to play in Dunedin, Dunedin Venues
Management chief executive David Davies said he had been
"actively involved" with Coldplay's promoter over bringing
the show to Dunedin, but after the promoter did some
research, they decided to stick with just an Auckland show
because of logistical issues.
Those were that the band's wide-bodied jet, which they used
to transport their lighting rig, would be unable to fly fully
laden out of Dunedin International Airport.
A representative of Coldplay's Australasian promoter, Chugg
Entertainment, could not be reached for comment yesterday,
and Coldplay's New Zealand publicist referred questions to
But Dunedin International Airport chief executive John McCall
said while he did not know what kind of jet Coldplay used,
there were limitations at Dunedin because of the airport's
A fully laden Boeing 747, for example, could not take off
from Dunedin because the runway was too short.
In fact, the same was true of most New Zealand airports,
apart from Auckland and Christchurch, Mr McCall said.
Top international acts reported to use Boeing 747s for
transporting equipment include U2, Lady Gaga and Madonna.
Mr Davies said Dunedin would not get every show that came to
New Zealand, but stadium acts always presented an opportunity
which would be pursued.
Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin stayed in Dunedin in 2003
while his then soon-to-be wife Gwyneth Paltrow was filming
the biopic Sylvia.