Stadium act wishlist: And the winner is . . .

ODT columnist Dave Cannan asked which musical act you would most like to see at Forsyth Barr Stadium. He was surprised by the feedback.

Phew! Now that's what I call reader feedback.

The Wash has been inundated for the past two days with votes and comments for our "poll'' on trying to answer the question: "Who do you want to play at the stadium?''

- If you are having trouble seeing the graphic scroll to the bottom for poll results 

As you can see from our results graphic, it was pretty much a one-horse race, with Mumford and Sons finishing well out in front, ahead of Pink, U2 and Bruce Springsteen.

But, before anyone starts to get too hung up on the final results, I need to reiterate that this was very much an "unscientific'' poll, more of a fun way to gauge readers' opinions.

Because of the huge numbers that rolled in, both by email and through our online edition and ODT Facebook, I realised we needed to apply a fair "formula'' for allocating votes, so decided to restrict each reader to just THREE votes.

Some sent in long lists of acts (I took the first three only) and others sent just one, but all were of equal importance.

So, it's best to view the results panel with something of an open mind and an "indicative only'' attitude.

Interestingly, while there were 22 solo performers and groups who dominated the poll, readers singled out 92 different acts worthy of their votes, ranging from popular Dutch violinist Andre Rieu and his orchestra to a raft of heavy metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer and numerous "old rockers'' like the Who and ZZ Top.

So, what to make of the results?

Well, firstly, I have to wonder if Mumford and Sons' runaway win was influenced to some degree by the fact they were top of my list of possibilities (probably), although, if you've seen them perform live or just on DVD/You Tube (like me and millions of others), you'll know they have a huge following.

Ironically, though, when I checked on the internet yesterday, it appears the London group are still enjoying a lengthy sabbatical, having announced back in September last year they were taking a break from performing after a long tour of the United States. Their website simply states: "No forthcoming tours'', so it's a case of watch this space.

The website for poll runner-up Pink (who performed in the Dunedin Town Hall in, would you believe, November 2002?) had a similar message: "There are currently no scheduled dates.''

So, who is on the road, so to speak? Well, it's worth pointing out that as I was tallying up the votes yesterday, three music-related press releases arrived by email, although two of them did not have good news for concert-starved Otago fans.

Firstly, opera star Andrea Bocelli announced he will be touring Australia and New Zealand in September for a series of ``major stadium concerts'' -- in Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

Similarly, pop-rock trio Hanson, who enjoyed some chart success many years ago, are also touring New Zealand and Australia in August this year but again, you guessed it, not in Dunedin.

There was better news, though, for those readers who are Sky subscribers. This Saturday, at 2.30pm, the Sky Arena channels (65 and 66) are screening a Rolling Stones concert held at Hyde Park last year. Sky says the screening will be free to all its domestic customers.

So, thanks to everyone who entered into the "fun'' spirit of this poll and made the effort to vote. It was gratifying to get such a large turnout.

I've sent the results of the readers' poll to Terry Davies, the new CEO of Forsyth Barr Stadium, and he's promised to comment on them in tomorrow's Wash column. 

Results of The Wash's Who do you want at the stadium readers' poll, conducted both through the newspaper and online were:

1. Mumford and Sons -- 33
2. Pink -- 20
3. U2 -- 17
4. Bruce Springsteen -- 9
5= Fleetwood Mac -- 7
5= Garth Brooks -- 7
7= The Eagles -- 6
7= Coldplay -- 6
9= Bon Jovi -- 5
9= Lady Gaga -- 5
9= Rolling Stones -- 5
12= Madonna -- 4
12= Foo Fighters -- 4
12= Katy Perry -- 4
15 = Daft Punk 3
15= Taylor Swift -- 3
15= Robbie Williams -- 3
15= AC/DC -- 3
15= Rage Against the Machine -- 3
15= Dixie Chicks -- 3
15= David Bowie -- 3
15= Adele -- 3

Those to get two votes were: Metallica, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, George Michael, Neil Diamond, Shania Twain, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Genesis, Linkin Park, Tom Petty, Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, James Blunt. 

Money

Because DVML is bound by financial constraints and bureaucratic processes. Auckland paid $1 million for each Springsteen concert - as their eyes are open enough to see the benefit to the wider city. Rolling Stones are similar money - I personally think it is worth the investment...

 

Why we don't get top acts

And this overwhelming response to this poll is one of the reasons why we don't get these types of top acts in town. 

The point?

And what was the point of this wish list? Especially given it's not likely we'll have a major international concert any time soon.

I've lost my harmonica, Albert

More edge? Melissa Etheridge, Michelle Shocked, Bananarama! Pet Shop Boys, Band of Hope Jug Band, Fairport, Pogs Electric, Penman and Curtis Electric, Sandra Bell, Sharon O'Neill.

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