Surrey's Holland Park could be a stage for a "major international recording artist" in May.
Concert producers Live Nation Canada and Donnelly & Associates expect up to 25,000 people would buy tickets for the gated event, which requires approval from Surrey city council.
The one-night show would feature a performer "who has won and/or been nominated for multiple Grammy, American Music, BRIT and MTV awards," accord to a report to be considered by the council Monday evening.
"Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the artist cannot be disclosed until the event promoter, Live Nation, releases the information publicly."
The proposed concert date is either Friday, May 24 or Saturday, May 25, depending on the availability of the performer, the report notes.
If approved, the show would see performances start at 5 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. The proposal includes the sale of alcohol in a fenced area of the park.
Holland Park, located just south of the Central City tower in Whalley, has played host to several large musical events in recent years, including the yearly Fusion Festival and Surrey's Winter Olympic celebration site in 2010. "All of these events have proved to be successful," says the report before city council.
In a phone interview Friday, Paul Haagenson, president of Live Nation Canada, said the proposal is "totally speculative."
Holland Park, he said, has great access to transit and is also a beautiful venue for concerts.
"When you're looking at bigger outdoor sites, that's one we would consider," Haagenson said. "The city seems very proactive and approachable and open, so it's one of those things where you say, OK, if other things fall into place and ideas come up, then this could be a place to entertain.
"We're just looking for direction from the city to see if it's even a possibility to do a show there," he added. "We would have to know that the park is open and a show could be done there before we could get into (naming) bands and whether it will happen."
Last July, Surrey city council approved a "Summer Sounds Concert" for Holland Park, but the Sept. 2 date was later scrubbed when a featured performer couldn't be secured to perform at the event.
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