Talks are currently underway for shows like the Isle of MTV concert to be held in Malta, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Mario de Marco said this morning.

Speaking during a news conference on the final preparations for this year's Isle of MTV, the largest free outdoor concert in Europe, being held at the Granaries in Floriana, tomorrow, Dr de Marco said this year was the third and final year of the concert’s three year contract with MTV but discussions were ongoing for more similar shows to be held here.

Show executive producer Jane Fraser said that the stage this year was much more modern, it was linear and using a lot of digital effects.

The concert moved away from pop theme to become more of a rock act and the stage design was reflecting that.

The stage, Ms Fraser said, was to look huge due to the light effects and LED panels which would change the perspective of depth.

There will be 10 cameras filming in high definition, including from the bell tower of St Publius Church. A group of 110 people are working on the production.

The production team is made up of MTV staff who work on the European Music Awards and major international events for MTV networks. The concert is considered a very important show for the network and MTV brings its best team to Malta.

Sound checks with full camera rehearsals are being held this evening.

The show will be aired at the beginning of September when the channel has high viewership.

Very good footage is obtained from the show and MTV uses as much of the material as it can. The concert goes across the European network first and then globally.

Ms Fraser said that the event has gained such recognition that top artists’ managers and record labels propose their own artists for it.

This year’s Kid Rock, she said, was a real fantastic performer and he really gave a good big live show with his music including something for everybody.

Dr de Marco said that while it was important for everyone to enjoy themselves, Floriana residents had to be respected and he urged people to use public transport, which would be running till late.

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