Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Elton's Australian Dates...

In less than 5 weeks one of the world's biggest superstars will make history when he performs in Australia's Top End for the first time.

Today Sir Elton John dispelled the rumours and confirmed that he will play Darwin's TIO Stadium on Saturday 17th May. Tickets for the unprecedented history-making concert event go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 8th April online at Ticketek or phonecharge 132 849. The Darwin Entertainment Centre will be the only local outlet where people can purchase tickets in person. Patrons will also be able to buy online, over the phone or from Ticketek agencies across Australia.

Alongside today's breaking news, promoter Chugg Entertainment announced concerts at Perth's Members Equity Stadium on Saturday 10th May and a a special one off show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday 12th May to help celebrate the venue's 25th Anniversary. This show also marks Sir Elton John's record breaking 41st performance at the arena. Tickets for Perth and Sydney shows will be available from www.ticketmaster.com.au. Elton returns to Australia for this tour in full showman mode with his entire band.

Motivated by the overwhelming support from the people of North Queensland and Tasmania just last year, Executive Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, Michael Chugg, has been in discussions with Sir Elton since his November 2007 visit, encouraging a return. Their formidable partnership is paving the way for new and different concert opportunities in Australia; where Elton John goes first, others inevitably follow.

The hugely successful 2007 Rocket Man Solo Tour: A Knight Under the Stars saw over 100,000 tickets sold at 10 different locations both indoors and outdoors across Australia.

Last year's tour travelled across all of the East Coast States, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT but the Northern Territory and Western Australia missed out - this year, thanks to the relentless rallying of fans, these were the first locations to be considered for the 2008 tour.

"I was blown away by the public support last year when we took a chance on North Queensland and Tassie. The fans came out in force and produced two of the biggest shows of the 2007 tour. Now we've put faith in the Northern Territory and they've answered the call. I'm so excited that Elton will be visiting this part of Australia and playing for fans who just don't get big name entertainment there." said Michael Chugg.

"We've also been able to make good that we couldn't incorporate a Perth show into the last run so this is great news for the fans on the West Coast. Elton loves Australia and we love that he keeps coming back and performing for the fans far and wide."

The Northern Territory Government's support and cooperation has been a critical factor in ensuring this special event would take place in Darwin.

Chief Minister Paul Henderson said securing one of the world's greatest artists is a huge win for Darwin.

"Elton John is a legend in the music industry and to have him perform here will provide a boost for our economy and put Darwin on the entertainment map."

Michael Chugg visited TIO Stadium in Darwin in late February to meet with Government and Council representatives, and local media to ascertain the possibility of the event and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response and began encouraging fans to register their support online at www.chuggentertainment.com.

The website received thousands of registrations from the Top End as well as a strong response from fans in Broome, which was also seriously considered in the tour run.

Regretfully, after careful consideration it was decided that it was logistically impossible to include a performance in Broome this time around, despite the support from the local people and the greater West Australian community.

"We tried a lot of different options to make a Broome show possible. We received a great response online, the Government and local event boards were right behind us, it's disappointing we couldn't make it work. I'm grateful to everyone for their efforts and have to especially thank Broome Shire Council, WA Government, Tourism Board, Events Corp and of course, the great people of Broome and its surrounds. I hope we get Sir Elton to this beautiful part of Australia one day." said Chugg.

While a Broome show will not take place, Chugg has worked hard in finalising the tour itinerary to schedule both the Perth and Darwin shows on a Saturday night to ensure as many fans as possible from out of town can make it along to enjoy these spectacular events.

The NT government will provide $60,000 in cash to help with marketing, freight costs for transporting staging equipment and cleaning the venue, Mr Henderson said.

"We've also contributed to providing matting to protect the surface of the venue, security, fencing and chair hire,'' he said. Tickets go on sale at 10am on April 8 through Ticketek and Mr Henderson has called on territorians to act quickly because they would be ``snapped up''.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see one of the world's greatest entertainers, with his band, in spectacular form when he touches down in Australia this May.

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