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