Famed French composer, performer and music producer Jean Michel Jarre will bring his outdoor lighting and sound extravaganza to Perth on November 17 in the biggest open-air performance to be staged in the city.
Confirming details of Rendez-Vous Perth, organiser Maryanne Bell said yesterday the concert would transform Langley Park, attracting up to 80,000 people at the reserve along with a global TV audience.
With Jarre's concerts described as "hijacking an entire city for one night", Ms Bell said people could expect the feature lighting, laser choreography, videos and fireworks synonymous with his work.
"Anything Jean Michel does he doesn't do lightly," she said.
"It's always big and quite spectacular. Sydney and Melbourne are very annoyed that this is happening in Perth."
Described as a pioneer in the electronic, synthpop, ambient and new age genres, Jarre, 63, has staged concerts for up to 3.5 million people.
He has performed in locations such as Place de la Concorde in Paris, Egypt's Pyramids of Giza and Monaco, where he performed for Prince Albert's wedding.
Ms Bell, an entrepreneur and founder of ITM Productions, predicted the concert would rival the Australia Day Skyworks and the Leeuwin Concert for size and prestige, with international visitors, celebrities and dignitaries expected to fly in.
The concert will be free but about 8000 VIP tickets will be sold.
Ms Bell said a gala ball would be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre after the two-hour spectacular.
Ms Bell said Jarre "adored Perth" and believed it was a perfect location for his show.
The City of Perth will decide on approvals for the event at its council meeting next Tuesday.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the city "loves the idea".
"This event potentially brings a greater global awareness to our city," she said. "He has a huge global following."
Ms Bell said she hoped the State Government would support the event, which costs millions of dollars to stage.
Beatrice Thomas, The West Australian Updated March 7, 2012, 3:00 am