A few more 'likes' and Stan is on the way
A Facebook page set up to bring Stan Walker to Blenheim is just a few "likes" away from success.
The ‘Bring Stan to the Boom' page was set up by Mediaworks Marlborough marketing and promotions co-ordinator Jacqueline Williams after Marlborough was left off Walker's World Tour of New Zealand.
Walker, also a judge on The X Factor New Zealand, was a guest on The Edge radio station on Tuesday. He was made aware of the Bring Stan to the Boom Facebook page by DJ Jay-Jay Feeney. Although he didn't know where the "Boom" was, he did promise to go to Blenheim if he got enough ‘likes'.
"If I get a thousand likes I'll go," he said. Yesterday the page, which was launched on Tuesday last week, had more than 850 ‘likes'.
Miss Williams said she wanted event promoters to know Marlborough was a good place to visit.
"It seemed he was going everywhere else apart from Blenheim," she said.
"We need to show promoters and organisers that Blenheim can sell tickets."
She also happened to be a bit of a Stan fan.
"I've always liked his music and his album, but I didn't fall in love with Stan until I saw him on The X Factor," she said. "He's a good Kiwi guy. I love his bro accent. I think he's just darling."
Walker's concert promoter, Brent Eccles, of Eccles entertainment, said it "looks promising" Walker would perform in Blenheim.
"If we hit a thousand, we'll definitely come," he said.
Mr Eccles said he had already investigated the availability of a large venue for the concert, but he would not say where until it was confirmed that Walker would be going to Marlborough.
Blenheim was originally considered as an option for the tour, but was left off because Walker was already stretched with 23 shows, he said.
It was also a bit small for a large-scale production such as Walker's show. "The economy of it has to be right," Mr Eccles said.
Walker, who made his acting debut in February with a role in New Zealand movie Mt Zion, will play 23 shows across the country throughout September and October, including Nelson on September 27.
- The Marlborough Express
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