2024 is expected to be a record-breaking year for the local concert scene with Kiwis gearing up to watch a star-studded line-up of world-famous artists perform.
Benefits are also anticipated for local performers as big international artists such as the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Pink, and the Jonas Brothers are locked in.
Aucklander Jorja Leadbetter, who has her tickets booked for seven shows this year already, said there was an air of excitement amongst concertgoers.
“All these artists are coming back here, and I feel like everyone is getting so excited and everyone’s going and want to enjoy it,” she said.
Events promoter Live Nation told 1News that 80% of its shows this year have already been sold out. The company’s managing director Mark Kneebone said consumer demand was changing for musical acts.
“Concerts used to be something that people would go to once or twice a year, but now it’s something they’re going to four or five or six times a year,” he said.
“The excitement is huge. The demand for tickets is massive.”
The international acts performing in New Zealand also offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local talent to reach new audiences.
Kiwi band Dick Move, who will open for the Foo Fighters later this month, told 1News they are thrilled to play their first stadium show.
The band’s Lucy Suttor said she hoped the audience would enjoy their show and encourage them to start listening.
“I hope that this exposes us to a whole new crowd,” she said.
One of the major venues that will host some of the biggest acts is Eden Park, with artist Coldplay expected to draw tens of thousands of fans over three nights.
This year will be the first that music events outsell sporting events at the stadium.
“The biggest one will of course be Coldplay, we’ve already got three concerts announced. Sixty thousand people at each concert — so 180,000 to 200,000 just for that one event,” spokesperson Duncan Blomfield said.