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'
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
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
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
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
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.