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  • Gavin King

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    Sir Elton John is playing a massive concert in Cairns!

    One of the biggest concerts in the history of Cairns will be held in September with Sir Elton John announcing a massive gig in the city.

    Promoters of the concert are calling it a "once in a lifetime" event for Cairns, with up to 20,000 people expected to watch the music legend in action at Cazalys on 30 September.

    Tickets will go on sale on 14 March, and are expected to range in price from $99 to about $300, with registrations for tickets available by clicking here.

    (But you can read our new scoop on how to buy Elton tickets earlier via his official fan club site.)

    In a statement, Sir Elton said:

    "I always love coming back to Australia. It holds a very special place in my heart, ever since my first visit there at the start of my world-wide career in 1971.

    "My band and I are really looking forward to playing there again in September and this tour will be even more memorable because it will be the first time I have ever played Mackay and Cairns…which I can’t believe but there you have it.

    "If the audiences are anything like those at all of the other shows we have done in Queensland over the years, everyone will surely be in for a wonderful crazy night!“

    The campaign to bring Sir Elton John to Cairns, as well as Mackay, first began about six months ago.

    Over time, funding deals were developed between the promoter Michael Chugg, Cairns and Mackay Regional Councils and Tourism and Events Queensland.

    Mr Chugg, one of Australia's greatest concert promoters, told an excited media conference the event was a rare opportunity for fans in regional cities to experience one of the world's greatest entertainers.

    "This is a really great opportunity for people who would normally have to fly to Brisbane or Sydney or Melbourne to see someone of this calibre in Cairns," he said.

    "In fact it will be the other way around... people will come up to you to see this concert.

    "We're aiming to open the gates around 4pm to 5pm and Elton will go on stage around 7.30pm to 8pm and hopefully we can get him offstag before the curfews.

    "We are really proud that we can bring these shows to Cairns and Mackay, to be able to bring an event of this magnitude. This time it's coming to you, rather than you coming to us."