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Wednesday 15 December 2010 @ 17:49 - GMT

Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium has attracted its first international act, with Sir Elton booked to perform late next year.

The concert follows the Rugby World Cup.

It will be Elton's first visit to the South Island in 20 years. Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies said it was important to him the first event announced for the stadium, apart from the Rugby World Cup, was a concert rather than a sporting event.

"It's as big an entertainment event as we could have reasonably hoped for in the circumstances."

The event would set a benchmark for performances to come at the stadium, and was "a fantastic coup for the city."

While ticketing details were not yet decided, organisers were "working to ensure preference is given to local and regional ratepayers."

The news was also welcomed by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, who said the booking was "fantastic."

Managing director of the concert's promoter, Capital C: Concerts, Phil Sprey said the date of the concert, ticket prices and when tickets would go on sale would be announced early next year "once a few loose ends are tied up."

Mr Sprey was brought to Dunedin last year to provide his expertise as a consultant for the Carisbrook Stadium Trust.

Yesterday, he said that Elton would be coming with his band, and the Dunedin concert was his only New Zealand booking at this stage.