Published Apr 16, 2008If Kitchener and Sudbury can woo Elton John, Moncton can land the Eagles, and Halifax can lure Paul McCartney, whos going to give Charlottetown some big-name musical love? Council members of our countrys smallest province have set the bait: 12 hectares of land at Upton Farm in the north of the city has been approved as a concert venue able to accommodate at least 30,000 people.
Though no names have been confirmed yet, and time is growing slim to get an artist nailed down, city Mayor Clifford Lee seems confident Charlottetown will get its share of summer concert fun.
"I feel fairly confident well have a concert this summer. Who its going to be, I dont know. Quite honestly, to find an acceptable location was the biggest challenge, Lee told the CBC.
"Weve been having off and on discussions with different promoters thinking we would have a site, those discussions could have only gone so far until a site was confirmed.
In previous years, Charlottetown Driving Park has hosted major concerts for the city with the Black Eyed Peas in 2006 and Aerosmith in 2007, but nearby residents complained about the volume of the events.
Hmm, now which big-name act has been known to seek outdoors, out-of-the-way, pastoral concert settings? Itd probably really stick in Detroits craw if the home of Anne of Green Gables nabbed a Radiohead performance before the Motor City gets its ten-year reunion.