Author: Christie Eliezer

Q1: The Biggest Act on the Planet

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: Six60 played Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 13. (Courtesy Six60) New Zealand’s Six60 just played six stadium concerts, and they’re ready for more On a warm Wellington, New Zealand, summer evening Feb. 13, rock band Six60’s lead singer, Matiu Walters, stood before a sellout crowd of 32,000 at Sky Stadium and yelled, “Haere Mai (‘welcome’ in the indigenous Maori language), Wellington! Welcome to the biggest show on earth!” The fans chanted back, “This is forever, yeah!” from the chorus of the band’s early hit “Forever.” Walters was not in any way being hyperbolic.  Thanks to New Zealand’s successful response to COVID-19 and the country’s subsequent easing of social distancing and restrictions on mass gatherings, no other act in the world has played to an audience that size in 2021, or for most of 2020 to boot. Six60 just wrapped a six-date run in […]

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Australia: ‘Very Little Respite’

Promoter Paris Martine: “Grants need to be larger, more immediate, and recognize the contribution live and electronic music make to the economy.” With bushfires of recent months barely out, venues must take on financial fallout from coronavirus Lobbying by small to medium-size Australian music venues for help from the federal and state governments and local councils during the coronavirus pandemic is slowly paying off. Venues were hit when COVID-19 crowd restrictions began with bans on gatherings of 500 and then shrunk to 100, before mass closures were ordered from March 23. The business had already been affected by the summer’s bushfires, whose lingering smoke haze kept patrons indoors. Artists canceled headline shows in favor of collective fundraisers. “There’s been very little respite this year,” said Michael Rodrigues, chair of the Sydney-based Night Time Industries Association. “By the beginning of March, these businesses saw a drop of trade of up to […]

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