Madonna tops 2008 wish list
Jul 28 2006
By Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo
MADONNA is being lined up to headline the Summer Pops in Capital of Culture year.
The star's name was linked with the Pops today as it emerged that last year's series of summer gigs cost Liverpool council £780,000 to subsidise.
Officials said the Queen of Pop was top of the list of artists being pursued as they start preparing the line-up for 2008.
Luring Madonna to play in Liverpool for the first time would be a massive coup for the Pops as it moves to its new home at the Kings Dock arena.
Organisers said the venue's 10,000-seat capacity, compared with 4,000 in the Big Top, meant ahigher calibre of artist should be attracted to the city.
Pops promoter Chas Cole said: "We intend to be exceptionally ambitious for the 2008 line-up and Madonna is right at the top of our wishlist."
The near-£800,000 cost of last year's event was revealed in a report published after an investigation by councillors into how the Pops was operated.
But Mr Cole and Jason Harborow, chief executive of the Culture Company, said they were satisfied the Pops provided value for money, despite the subsidy.
1 2 Next