Howzat! Adele to play at The Gabba

Adele is coming to Queensland to play at The Gabba.
Adele is coming to Queensland to play at The Gabba.

ADELE, one of the biggest names and voices in music, is coming to Queensland.

The UK superstar took to Twitter to announce she was coming to the Sunshine State along with other key Australian cities.

"G'day it's me,'' the hitmaker wrote in a handwritten note posted on social media.

"I was wondering if after 10 years in the game, you'll finally like to me in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide?

"Yep, I am coming Down Under.

"In the round, outdoors and upgrading myself to stadiums to make sure I get to see as many of you as possible.

"I can't wait."

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.

Mr Pitt said Adele would say 'Hello' to Queensland fans for the first time when she performs on Saturday March 4, 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."

Fairfax reports that in order to cope with the anticipated demand for tickets, a staggered release will happen on November 21 for general release sales.

Brisbane and Melbourne will go first at 10am local time followed by Sydney at 12pm, Adelaide at 2pm and Perth at 10am local time.

She will play Domain Stadium in Perth on February 28, The Gabby in Brisbane on March 4, ANZ Stadium in Sydney on March 10, Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on March 13 and Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on March 18.

Ticket prices vary but start at around $100 for D-reserve seats and go up to around $300 for A-reserve seats. 

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 Monday 21 November, with pre-sale opportunities to be announced by the promoter.

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