Wrocław Culture Zone boss Krzysztof Maj has told tuwroclaw.com that up to 3 concerts could be held at Wrocław's Municipal Stadium in 2018.
In an interview with the editors of tuwroclaw.com, Maj revealed that "One big concert will be held for sure, and two more are also likely."
Due to contractual agreements, he could not however reveal the names of any artists that could potentially play at the stadium.
Wrocław's 42,000 seater stadium was built at the same time as the 58,000 capacity National Stadium in Warsaw. Given the higher capacity and bigger market in Warsaw, the biggest names have all decided to play in Poland's capital. In the last few years, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Paul McCartney and Coldplay have all performed in the National Stadium.
Another advantage the National Stadium has over other large venues in Poland is the fact that it is free throughout the summer. Wrocław's stadium, just like those in Poznan and Gdansk, is occupied by an Ekstraklasa football team. Given that the season starts in the middle of July, Stadion Wrocław's availability is limited.
Since Stadion Wrocław opened in 2011, it has hosted concerts by George Michael, Rammstein and Iron Maiden. However only one of those concerts completely sold out, while a Prodigy-headlined music festival organised last year had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
During the aforementioned interview, Maj said that "We do not know who will play, but we already know when the concerts will take place." This seems to indicate that the Stadium is unlikely to host a big-name artist currently on tour, as if they were the date would not necessarily be fixed.
Instead, the likely outcome appears to be another 'Capital Of Rock' type festival, whereby Wrocław Culture Zone rent out the stadium and find an artist capable of filling it. This worked a treat back in 2016 when Rammstein came to town. However, as we mentioned earlier, last year's planned event with Prodigy ended up being cancelled due to a lack of interest.
So who could potentially play at the stadium? At this moment it is very difficult to say. You can nonetheless almost certainly rule out artists who have already organised gigs elsewhere.
Artists who come into this category include Pearl Jam, Lenny Krawitz and Metallica, who have already confirmed arena shows in Krakow. U2 don't have a Polish date on their tour, however they are playing arenas and simply wouldn't organise a one off stadium gig here in Wrocław. Guns and Roses are playing in the newly constructed Stadium in Chorzów, while the Rolling Stones are to perform at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Meanwhile Depeche Mode are set to play at the Opener festival in Gdynia. Last but not least, Iron Maiden, who drew a near-sell-out crowd back in 2016, appear to have no space in their summer tour calendar to perform in Wrocław.
As you can see, Krzysztof Maj and his team may have to pull a rabbit out the bag if they are to attract a star capable of selling out Stadion Wrocław. That said, the 42,000 capacity venue was completely packed for a Disco Polo festival last year – so perhaps Poland's most popular music genre could help pull in crowds yet again.