Friday, May 16, 2008

Setting Up For Darwin


ANOTHER 1000 Territorians will be able to enjoy A Knight Under the Stars with Elton John tomorrow following the release of tickets yesterday.

Concert promoter Michael Chugg announced the new round of tickets while overseeing the construction completion of the 30m tall and 24m wide stage.

"We have just released 1000 general admission tickets on the grass for $75,'' he said.

"They are available right now and will be available at the door.''

More than 13,500 tickets have already been sold -- although organisers were hoping for 15,000.

The legendary promoter has staged Australia's biggest shows over his 45-year career.

He said he was rapt by the NT's support for the show.

"The community has got behind this,'' he said.

"This is how these things work when you are out in the middle of nowhere.

"Everything you see here comes from down south and it is a very expensive exercise.

"We could not have done (it) without the support of the NT Government, Paspaley and all the media.''

Mr Chugg said the number of tickets sold was positive.

"It indicates people are really keen on seeing great entertainment,'' he said.

"It also indicates that as the rest of the country and the rest of the Western world has gone, more and more people and a wider demographic are getting into music.

"You will see people here between the ages of 15 to 70.

"A lot of young people who have grown up listening to their parents playing Elton John will be coming.''

Sir Elton John will be playing his one-night-only concert at TIO Stadium tomorrow.

The show will be supported by Elcho Island singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Eran James.

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