New Zealand rocks, meanwhile the rest of the planet can only dream of such events, as it is still gripped by the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
More than 50,000 people attended a mega rock concert in the island country, which is now free of social-distancing requirements after effectively eradicating the CCP virus through strict measures, New York Post reported.
The band Six60 has been performing to large crowds around the country, with its Saturday tour finale in Auckland’s largest stadium being billed as the world’s largest concert since the beginning of the pandemic.
Singer Matiu Walters was photographed grinning as he gazed out over tens of thousands of damp yet delirious fans at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium, asking, ‘So, what’s up Eden Park?’
At the Six60 concert, the band honored military musicians and welcomed Maori singers on stage for music performed in the indigenous language, the Daily Mail reported.
“We know what it’s like to be in lockdown. It sucked. And we didn’t know if we’d be able to play gigs again,” lead singer Matiu Walters said before the show. “But we are fortunate, for a few reasons, here in New Zealand.”
“It was amazing to see how fanatical people were, and excited about being out and seeing live music, and seeing something to drag them out of a long, brutal year,” guitarist Ji Fraser said. “It was very special.”
Walters expressed concern that something may have gone wrong and that their concerts may have devolved into super-spreader events. Still, he said, there wasn’t anything he needed to do except obeying the laws and following the government’s guidelines.
A fan who spent the previous year in a lockdown-laden Britain described the experience as dreamlike.
“It’s very important for us as humans to be able to get together and sing the same songs together,” Lucy Clumpas said. “It makes us feel like we’re part of something.”
The band had lobbied for amendments to the city’s rules to allow concerts at Eden Park, but not everyone was pleased.
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark was among those who protested, claiming that the concerts would be a “home invasion” of noise.
‘But the people wanted it. And the people spoke,’ Walters said. The singer added that Clark would have been welcomed at the concert. ‘Six60 is for everyone. And maybe if she came and enjoyed herself, she’d have a change of heart.’
Brent Eccles, the promoter, said they just got permission to use the venue at the last minute.
‘And we thought to ourselves, well, how crazy are we?’ he said. ‘And the answer was, well, pretty crazy. So let’s do it.’
Due to the CCP virus outbreak, many countries have had to cancel or postpone live events.
As a result, for more than a year, music fans worldwide have been unable to attend live music performances by their favorite artists, which will continue to be the case in most countries into 2021 as the outbreak continues to limit gatherings.
Pollstar, a concert industry trade publication, reported that the live music industry lost more than $30 billion in 2020.
New Zealand – the tiny island nation of about 5 million citizens – has been praised for its handling of the CCP Virus pandemic. Just 26 people have died from Covid-19 in New Zealand, which has also reported a relatively low number of cases – just 2,600 – as of April 24, 2021.
In dealing with the deadly virus, the nation has taken a similar approach to neighbor Australia, shutting down regions for days in response to even the smallest outbreak.