DVML in talks about another international concert act

Forsyth Barr Stadium could host its third major international concert later this year, just months after Paul Simon appears on stage.

Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive Darren Burden confirmed he was in talks aimed at securing another major international act to follow Paul Simon's April 6 show.

If confirmed, the concert would be of similar or larger scale to Simon's show, and would be staged at the stadium later this year, he said.

The company had been fielding ''a number of inquiries'' during the past 18 months, but traction had increased as relationships with promoters had developed, he said.

''We are working on a couple of things at the moment. We will see what happens in the coming months.

''There's one opportunity that we are working on that we have progressed further than others. It's by no means a done deal and we will continue to work on it and see where we get to,'' he said.

Since opening, the roofed venue had struggled to attract a follow-up act to rival Elton John, who performed to a sell-out crowd in November 2011.

The dearth of headline acts prepared to follow in his footsteps had prompted criticism, but DVML staff - including former chief executive David Davies - blamed the situation on a tough touring market.

- chris.morris@odt.co.nz

Just one?

Just one act? We've known for the start that for the rugby stadium to have a hope in contributing to pay for itself, and remove some of the gross burden that's been shifted  to the ratepayers, not only does DVML's major rugby customer have to be profitable, but they also have to get a sell-out stadium concert in there every month, not every 18 months but each and every month - given his current record that means Mr Burden needs to be talking to 18 big overseas artists, not just one - it's time for DVML to step up their game and start providing us with the results they promised us when the stadium was being sold to us.

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