It’s the news that Auckland has been waiting for, with SIX60 having announced that they will be the first ever band to play at Eden Park. The country’s largest stadium can finally prepare to “let the music play” following a compelling decision by Independent Commissioners to grant the iconic venue the right to host concerts.
SIX60 have just come off the back of what was literally the biggest tour in the world which frustratingly did not include an Auckland date. It’s been a long road to get here with many roadblocks to contend with, but the band have always had an unwavering dedication to play Eden Park. That has now become a reality.
On Saturday 24th April 2021, the SIX60 SATURDAYS tour will carry on when they play Auckland’s biggest stadium, the mighty Eden Park. It’s only fitting that a kiwi act is the first to grace the stage at our national stadium where so many giants have tread before them.
It’s a massive feat for the band who have always dreamed of playing there…..
Matiu Walters of SIX60 said:
It’s no secret that SIX60 have wanted to play Eden Park for some time now. We always felt that it was important a kiwi band should play the first show at our national stadium. Because of the hard work that New Zealand has done as a community we are in the privileged position to perform to an audience of this size. It’s a great reward, we’re stoked that it’s become a reality and it’s a real honour to bring our show to the garden of Eden. We can’t wait.
History in the making
SIX60’s affinity with Eden Park stemmed from their passion for the venue and its rich sporting history. The stadium says the band’s public support over recent years and demand for them to play at New Zealand’s national stadium made it an easy decision to create history together.
The 50,000-capacity show is set to be the world’s largest since the start of COVID. SIX60 are currently the planet’s biggest touring band, putting on huge shows in their COVID-free homeland of New Zealand. The band also made history last month when their Claudelands Oval performance in New Zealand became the first time a live stadium concert was streamed through TikTok.
Eden Park Chief Executive Officer, Nick Sautner, shared the historic news during his keynote at last week’s ALSD International – Virtual event, which will be available to download and watch later this week, as will the other two keynotes and seven panel sessions.
Eden Park Chief Executive Officer Nick Sautner said:
The first concert at Eden Park is a significant milestone for both our staff and community. SIX60’s support throughout the resource consent process has been felt across our business, so it is entirely fitting they headline our concert debut at this iconic 118-year old venue. 50,000 fans will have the opportunity to be part of history, and the biggest show in the world right here in Aotearoa.
Promoter Brent Eccles from Eccles Entertainment has worked hard to help make this show possible. After an amazing summer tour with the band he’s thrilled to bring the SATURDAYS show to Auckland’s Eden Park. He said:
We are so excited to present SIX60 at Eden Park. The only thing better than the announcement will be the show itself! With everything that’s been going on this year it will be the perfect end to Summer!
Source: Eden Park
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