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

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