Swift not yet say­ing if Dunedin in­cluded

Otago Daily Times - - FRONT PAGE - SA­MUEL WHITE

POP su­per­star Tay­lor Swift is head­ing down un­der for her next in­ter­na­tional tour but Dunedin Venues is shak­ing off any ques­tions on whether she will join the list of big acts booked to per­form at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium.

On Tues­day Swift an­nounced a string of North Amer­i­can tour dates to sup­port her sixth stu­dio al­bum Rep­u­ta­tion.

At the same time she con­firmed she will be bring­ing the tour to New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Ire­land and the United King­dom, although no dates or venues were an­nounced.

When con­tacted by the Otago Daily Times, Dunedin Venues chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Davies did not want to com­ment or spec­u­late on whether the Shake it Off singer would per­form in Dunedin.

How­ever, he said if Swift wanted to per­form at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium, then Dunedin Venues would ‘‘wel­come her with open arms’’.

When Swift does fi­nally per­form in New Zealand, wher­ever it may be, it will be the first time she has ap­peared on stage here since 2013.

Fans were dis­ap­pointed she did not per­form in New Zealand in 2015 when she em­barked on an in­ter­na­tional tour to sup­port her 1989 al­bum.

If Swift does per­form at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium, she will be the lat­est in a long line of in­ter­na­tional acts to grace the stage in Dunedin.

Ste­vie Nicks and The Pre­tenders are per­form­ing next Fri­day, fol­lowed by Roger Waters in Jan­uary next year, Rob­bie Wil­liams in Fe­bru­ary, Ed Sheeran in March and Pink next Septem­ber.

Tick­ets for most of the con­certs are still avail­able.

Chugg En­ter­tain­ment New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive Manolo Echave said about 80% of the 15,000 al­lo­cated tick­ets for the Rob­bie Wil­liams con­cert had been sold.

‘‘The ca­pac­ity has been ex­tended slightly. We had to put more tick­ets on sale,’’ Mr Echave said.

He said there were sev­eral seat­ing ar­range­ments avail­able at the sta­dium and ca­pac­ity was ex­tended af­ter all the Bronze Seat tick­ets were sold.

‘‘There will be other lev­els that will sell out be­fore the show and whether we can add more at the higher price lev­els, I don’t know.’’

Mr Echave said Wil­liams was look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing ‘‘enor­mously’’.

‘‘There seems to be a wealth of tal­ent com­ing over this sum­mer and he’s happy to be a part of that.’’

Live Na­tion New Zealand pub­li­cist Brid­get de Lau­nay said the com­pany was ‘‘very pleased with the re­sponse to both ma­jor in­ter­na­tional artists from their South Is­land fans’’.

There were still tick­ets avail­able to the Ste­vie Nicks and Roger Waters con­certs in all price cat­e­gories.

Dunedin Venues mar­ket­ing man­ager Kim Barnes said she was blown away by the sup­port from around the coun­try.

About 60% of fans were from out­side of Dunedin.

‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for Dunedin to shine and en­cour­age vis­i­tors to come back again.’’

It would also have a ‘‘pos­i­tive in­jec­tion’’ to the econ­omy, she said.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ed Sheeran did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to ques­tions.

Tay­lor Swift

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