You wanted him North QLD.
YOU GOT HIM
Dairy Farmers Stadium
Tuesday 4th December
Tickets from Ticketek or 132 849
Counter sales from the following ticketek outlets:
Earlville, Cairns, QLD 4870
Townsville Civic Theatre
41 Boundary Street
Townsville QLD 4810
Ticket Shop at Centro Townsville
Ross River Road
Townsville QLD 4812
ON SALE MONDAY 27 AUGUST
TOWNSVILLE – you've done it. Thanks to you, Sir Elton John has been confirmed to perform in the city on December 4.
After launching a campaign last week to bring the pop sensation to the North, thousands of people showed their support by signing petitions in-paper and online.
Although Townsville didn't receive as many signatures as tour promoter Michael Chugg would have liked, he decided to bite the bullet and give North Queenslanders what they had yearned for so long.
"We're very excited to add Townsville to the schedule – it's really good for all of us and for Northern Queensland especially," Mr Chugg said.
Townsville has been competing with Tasmania for the tour slot and Mr Chugg said although Tasmania had far surpassed Townsville's vote in signatures, bringing the pop icon to North Queensland was a risk he was willing to take.
"If it doesn't work I'm going to lose a lot of money but I think the North has been very exciting over the last few years with the Cowboys ... and the whole entertainment thing is changing up there and I thought this would be a good time to crack at it," he said.
Townsville Bulletin promotions manager Doug Kingston said he was very happy with the outcome.
"It's the biggest coup the Townsville Bulletin has pulled off which is a pretty big call considering we have brought the Davis Cup here which sold out in less than a day and I think this concert is going to be exactly the same," Mr Kingston said.
"It acknowledges that we have come of age as an entertainment destination for international artists, but more importantly, if this concert sells out, it will send a signal not only to Michael Chugg but other international promoters to bring that same level of artist here."
Mr Kingston said Sir Elton would perform the Rocket Man Solo Tour at Dairy Farmers Stadium in front of a potential 20,000 people.
"The stage will be constructed on the ground in front of the Western grandstand but facing the Eastern grandstand," he said.
Townsville Tony Mooney was over-the-moon when he found out about the tour confirmation.
"It's fantastic news, it's a great coup for Townsville," Cr Mooney said.
"To have an artist of the calibre of Elton John coming to Townsville is a huge win and it should be the start of something big when it comes to bringing international touring acts to our city," he said.
"The real challenge for us now is for the community to get behind the event and fill the Dairy Farmers Stadium and make it a night to remember."
Thuringowa mayor Les Tyrell agreed.
"I think it's great that we have achieved the recognition to attract a performer like Elton to the city and it's also pleasing to know that we have a venue that makes it possible for him to come and perform at," Cr Tyrell said.
Mr Chugg said the singing legend's one-off show would be something to remember.
"Most of the concerts on this tour will be outdoors and hopefully we won't get any unexpected rain and the concert will go off," Mr Chugg said.
"It's a very important time for North Queensland and hopefully everybody will come along – it's going to be a great night."
Everyone who registered their names with the online petition will be given the first chance to purchase tickets to the show before they go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 27 through Ticketek.