Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Curtis Pitt
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Adele to say ‘Hello’ to Queenslanders at The Gabba
Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, says Brisbane’s iconic sports stadium at The Gabba will host its first big live music concert since 1973 when chart-topping UK singer Adele performs there in March next year.
Mr Pitt said Adele would say ‘Hello’ to Queensland fans for the first time when she performs on Saturday 4 March 2017.
The English singer-songwriter has sold more than 100 million records globally thanks to chart toppers such as ‘Hello’ and ‘Rolling in the Deep’.
“I’m told the Grammy-winner’s concert in March will be the first major concert at The Gabba since Aussie band Sherbet in 1973,” Mr Pitt said.
“This will be one of the most anticipated concerts of the year and the first big concert at The Gabba with fans seated in the both the stands and on the field.
“Being at The Gabba it would be fitting if Adele sang Sherbet’s Howzat, but I’m not sure that’ll happen unless it’s a duet with Daryl Braithwaite.
“The concert will feature a circular stage so The Gabba was the obvious choice and with a 60,000 strong crowd predicted, around 24,000 people will be lucky enough to be right among the action, on the field.
“The Gabba’s management has undertaken extensive due diligence consulting with engineers on the stadium structure, crowd management and safety, onsite facilities and traffic management and are confident they can host a concert of this scale.”
Mr Pitt said big concerts such as Adele’s were not just musical events, but also delivered significant economic and employment boosts.
“Around 1,500 staff will come together on the night to make the show happen, from catering and hospitality staff to security and event operations,” he said.
“We haven’t had a concert of this magnitude at The Gabba and I expect pubs and restaurants in the Woolloongabba precinct will benefit from a boost in patronage before and after the event.
“Major concerts such as this bring significant benefits to Queensland, raising the profile of our state and injecting millions into the Queensland economy,” he said.
Tickets go on general sale via www.ticketmaster.com.au (external site)on Monday 21 November, with pre-sale opportunities to be announced by the promoter.
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