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FIRST THERE WAS EL­TON JOHN, NOW CAIRNS AU­DI­ENCES ARE HUN­GRY FOR AN­OTHER BIG-NAME ACT

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Cairns res­i­dents have got a taste for big­name acts and they are call­ing out for more. Fol­low­ing El­ton John’s Once in a Life­time Tour stop to Cairns on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30, the whis­pers have fol­lowed about an­other world-class act to per­form in the wake of the UK singer’s sparkly boots.

In a Face­book sur­vey, Cairns au­di­ences over­whelm­ingly want US singer P!nk to per­form in Far North Queens­land. The

singer has an­nounced an Aus­tralian tour to Perth, Ade­laide, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane in July and Au­gust next year, leav­ing many to spec­u­late whether a con­cert in Cairns was a pos­si­bil­ity be­tween dates.

Fol­low­ing P!nk, Ed Sheeran was the next most wanted, fol­lowed by Cold­play, Me­tal­ica and Foo Fighters.

Slayer, known for hit sin­gle rated a num­ber of men­tions, along with UK singer Rob­bie Wil­liams, Aussie coun­try mu­sic star Keith Ur­ban, US bands Bon Jovi and Pearl Jam, and UK band U2. Among other re­quests that didn’t reach the top 10 were Adele, the Wig­gles, Melissa Ethridge, Celtic Thun­der, John Mayer, Ali­cia Keys, Lamb of God, Cat Stevens, Ma­roon 5, S Club 7, Kylie, Sting, Nick­le­back, Fleet­wood Mac, John Farn­ham, Tay­lor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Bruno Mars, Cold Chisel, Red Hot Chilli Pep­pers, Bruce Spring­steen, Led Zep­pelin and even Craig McLach­lan.

As part of the Face­book sur­vey, Am­ber Jack­son called for more live mu­sic for Cairns.

“... Cairns has shown that we can sup­port the world’s big­gest acts here,” she wrote.

“Mid­night Oil at Ku­randa? Our re­gion rocks. We need more live mu­sic here and we’ve proven thanks to El­ton, the coun­cil and Cazaly’s that we can do this on a grand scale. Let’s do this more of­ten and show the world that our re­gion will em­brace this. Let’s get Guns and Roses, AC/ DC, Me­tal­lica, The Cure, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, and more to come here. An avalanche has started, let’s keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.”

But just how re­al­is­tic is an­other act on the same grand scale as El­ton?

“I have no doubt that pro­mot­ers ev­ery­where are now sit­ting up and tak­ing no­tice of Cairns,” Cairns Mayor Bob Man­ning says.

“We’ve al­ready got a rep­u­ta­tion as an out­stand­ing sports tourism city. Tes­ta­ment to this is the fact that we are host­ing three Rugby League World Cup games in the next month and our se­lec­tion as an Event City for next year’s Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

“In bring­ing Sir El­ton John to Cairns, we have proved that our city has the ver­sa­til­ity to ex­pand into ma­jor cul­tural events and, in­deed, to be­come es­tab­lished as the arts and cul­tural cap­i­tal of North­ern Aus­tralia.”

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