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Are there more big-name acts to follow at McDonald Jones Stadium?


Sir Elton John, Pink… who’s next on McDonald Jones Stadium and City of Newcastle’s (CN) “wish list”?

The answer to that question might not be too far away, if venue manager Dean Mantle has anything to do with it.

Newcastle scored a coveted spot this week on the upcoming world tour of American pop powerhouse Pink, who’ll take to the stage on 13 February in 2024.

Pink is heading to McDonald Jones Stadium in 2024. Photo: ENNIO LEANZA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The announcement follows hot on the heels of two unforgettable performances by global music icon Sir Elton John, who wowed 50,000 fans in town last month.

“It’s huge news for the venue, we’re really excited,” Mr Mantle said.

“We’ve been working in the background on this for a little while.

“So, we’re thrilled that the recent events we’ve hosted here – such as the Australian Supercross Championship (November) and Sir Elton (January) – helped us to solidify a high-profile act like Pink.

“It’s a massive win for us… and a massive win for the city again.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”

Mr Mantle conceded there was scope to add additional Summer Carnival Tour dates in Newcastle, too.

“Anything’s possible, however nothing’s locked in,” he said.

“We have a firm date for 13 February.

“But, if the people of Newcastle get behind it [Pink], as they did by purchasing tickets quickly to Sir Elton, there’s nothing to say we won’t lock in a second show.

Sir Elton John enthralled Newcastle fans at McDonald Jones Stadium. Photo: Rod Thompson

“That’s the key thing.

“To make sure people are supportive of it.

“So, get out and buy your tickets nice and early.

“Then, fingers crossed, we might see another concert added to the dates.”

Mr Mantle said Pink’s “live” shows were “out of this world”.

“It’s going to be spectacular,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“No matter whatever way you look at it, Pink’s full of energy, her music’s energetic – it gets people dancing.

“She’s a superstar, just as Sir Elton was.

“However, there’s no debate about the fact it’s going to be a huge event.

“It’ll be something you don’t want to miss.”

While slightly coy about who will venture to McDonald Jones Stadium moving forward, Mr Mantle admitted the wheels were already in motion.

“Of course, it depends on who comes to Australia,” he said.

“But, we’re really keen to ensure we secure more events.

“There are a lot of strong conversations happening at the moment with all the promoters.

“Dates are pencilled in for December 2023 and early 2024.

“So, there’s multiple acts we’re hoping to snare, although nothing’s confirmed yet.

“The talks are really strong, and very positive, and there’s a lot of serious interest to come here.

“I’d be quietly confident we’ll be able to announce something else in the next few months.”

Pink’s Summer Carnival Tour, presented by Live Nation, is the latest event secured as part of CN’s Major Events Partnership with Venues NSW.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the concert would be the hottest ticket in town, drawing fans from far and wide to help deliver another multi-million-dollar windfall for Newcastle.

“Sir Elton’s visit demonstrated just how beneficial these world-class events are for our city, injecting $14 million into the local economy with more than 75% of the concertgoers coming from outside of Newcastle,” she explained.

“This included 16,000 people from outside of the Hunter as well as interstate and international visitors, which plays an essential role in boosting tourism, as well as encouraging repeat visitation in the future.

“With the success of Sir Elton’s visit and the news of Pink’s upcoming tour, which is expected to deliver a $9 million boost to businesses, Newcastle has officially become a must-stop destination on the national concert tour schedule.”

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