Promoters looking for Elton John warm-up

Fancy warming up a 30,000 crowd in a brand new $200 million stadium for Sir Elton John?

Of course you do. And here's your chance.

Promoter Capital C: Concerts is looking for a support band to open Sir Elton's concert at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in November.

"Historically, we have always tried to get upcoming local talent to open for our international head-lined concerts," Capital C: Concerts managing director Phil Sprey said yesterday. "Now we want to find an accomplished band that can play for 30 or 40 minutes at the start of the concert at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in front of more than 30,000 people."

The nationwide "Open 4 Elton" promotion would be run this month and the successful band would receive air fares, accommodation and $5000 cash, Mr Sprey said.

"We're looking for a band in the pop/rock genre and one that complements the programme.

Anyone entering must have performed professionally, or semi-professionally, in front of an audience, have a body of original material and preferably have already produced a CD or DVD of their own work."

Mr Sprey said it was a unique opportunity for an original New Zealand band and provided "a CV opportunity that few have".

"New Zealand is rich in talent, most of which just doesn't get a real chance to perform on a larger scale. Our funding agencies have been very bad in supporting a number of artists, largely because they don't fit a very narrow criteria and an often biased one at that."


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