A major concert could be staged this summer in Oxford's South Park -- where Radiohead played to 40,000 fans.

Talks are taking place between city council staff and promoters to try to secure a line-up to bring music fans back to the park, near St Clements.

Radiohead are recording their sixth album, due out in June, and are not expected to return for a re-run of the 2001 concert. However, organisers are seeking acts like Travis or Coldplay, who might attract a similar audience.

The Radiohead concert, which also featured Beck and Supergrass, was a huge success, despite poor weather and long queues for bars, toilets and refreshments.

Andrew Parsons, head of the council's parks department, said its events team was now "actively seeking to attract a large-scale music event back to South Park, along the lines of the Radiohead event".

Mr Parsons added: "We are talking to one particular promoter who has expressed an interest. Within the next week or so, we should get a yes or no answer, and know whether or not we can go ahead."

He said any deal with promoters would be worth about £25,000 to the council for the hire of the park.

The authority earned just under £30,000 from the Radiohead concert, which was sold out.

As well as the money from the concert, Oxford would benefit from the huge number of people travelling into the city who would need to find accommodation, transport and food and drink.

Mr Parsons added: "There is no possibility of Radiohead coming back, but I would like to get bands who would attract a similar 30-something audience.

"There were lessons to be learned in terms of the way the Radiohead concert was organised, and improvements can be made regarding access to catering."

Radiohead nominated several charities to benefit from some of the proceeds of the 2001 concert, but Mr Parsons said a repeat of this would depend on the promoters and the bands.

He added: "I think we should be using our open spaces for this kind of event and I believe councillors are fully behind the proposals."

Nick Moorbath, who runs Oxford's Zodiac nightclub, organised the Radiohead concert with promoters SJM.

He said: "A band like Coldplay would be good, and this time I will be able to go along and relax because I won't be involved in the organisational side.

"It would be nice to see some local bands involved, alongside some bigger names."

A spokesman for Abingdon-based Courtyard Management, which represents Radiohead, said: "The new album is going well. As far as I know, the band have not been asked to get involved this time."

Bill Baker, deputy leader of the city council and chairman of the east area committee, said residents in the area would be properly consulted about any plans.

He added: "There was a great deal of litter left in the park last time, but it was all cleared up the following day by parks staff."

Rose Hill city councillor Ed Turner, 25, said: "A summer concert would be brilliant news, and would show that the council is trying to do something for young people."

South Park has also been used by Fox FM for free Party in the Park events. Last September, pop acts including Gareth Gates and Atomic Kitten attracted nearly 80,000 fans.

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