Our boys Six60 will be the first Kiwi band EVER to headline a sold-out concert at Western Springs this Saturday. And it's going to be a biggie, with 50,000 people attending.
"We've got an amazing line-up of support acts taking the stage from 5pm, with Six60 on from 8.50pm. It promises to be a very special night and we're excited to be sharing it with so many Six60 fans," promoter Dave Munro said.
To make sure you all have an amazing time (despite the weather), here are 10 things you need to know before you head off:
1. Ticketmaster is the only authorised ticket seller for the event - so if you've bought your ticket from anywhere else, make sure it's legitimate or risk not being allowed in!
2. A documentary about the band will be filmed on Saturday, so if you see the cameras, make sure you say hi! This could be your moment of fame.
3. If you ever feel your safety is at risk, or require any assitance while at the event, text the word ASSIST followed by a space and then your message and location to 260. You can also ask for "Angela" at any of the food stalls, bars, or any other staff and they'll know you're asking for help discreetly. Stay safe guys!
4. Here are all the times that matter: Gates open at 4pm. ILLBaz perform at 5pm, followed by SWIDT at 5.30, Sons of Zion at 6.20pm and Drax Project an hour later, at 7.20pm. Six60 will go up on stage at 8.50pm and the event will finish at 11pm.
5. Public transport is free for anyone who holds a ticket on the day. The Northern Express (NX 1 and 2) as well as direct special event buses and trains are all included with your event ticket (so make sure you keep it for your ride home as well). The special event buses depart from outside 4 Mayoral Drive, behind Aotea Centre. Near Western Springs, they'll run from a temporary bus stop on Williamson Ave (between Great North Rd and Dryden St).
6. There's a dedicated 5-minute drop-off and pick-up zone located between St Lukes Road and Motions Road, in case you're getting a ride there or back.
7. If you need mobility parking on site on the day, register by emailing your mobility parking permit number to email@example.com. You will also be required to present your mobility permit to traffic control staff on the day for access so keep that handy as well.
8. There are quite a few road closures on the day to keep everyone safe, so check your route in advance to avoid running late! Here are the road closures:
- Stadium Rd: from 7am on Thurs 21 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb.
- Bullock Track: from 7am on Sat 23 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb
- West View Rd: from midday on Sat 23 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb
- Old Mill Rd (between Francis St and Sherwood Ave): from 2pm on Sat 23 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb.
- Great North Rd (St Lukes Rd to Bond St): from 7pm Sat 23 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb.
- Tuarangi Rd: Residents Access Only via Mountain View Rd from 8pm Sat 23 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb.
- Williamson Ave (Northland St to Great North Rd): from 8pm Sat 23 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb.
- Surrey Cres (Prime Rd to Great North Rd): from 8pm Sat 23 Feb until 1am on Sun 24 Feb.
9. Weather is looking pretty shocking unfortunately, with heavy rain on the forecast. Make sure you pack your wet weather gear!
10. Make sure you're aware of items you aren't allowed to bring! This includes: any bags larger than A3 size, video cameras and recording devices (this does not include mobile phones), cameras with a lens larger than a standard watch face, prams and strollers, selfie sticks, Go Pros, drones, banners with poles, iPads or any tablets, cans or glass of any kind, alcohol or any illicit drugs, branded or commercial food and drinks (this includes takeaways), metal utensils and containers, chilly bins, coolers, as well as the usual dangerous goods such as fireworks, lasers, flash lights, knives, tasers, mace, chains and studded jewellery. Offensive weapons are also forbidden, this includes anything that could be a projectile. Air horns and loud hailers must also stay home as well as umbrellas and other sun or rain shelters, chairs or stools, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles or scooters, animals (this excludes service dogs) and any unauthorised promotional and marketing items.
Most importantly, stay safe, look after each other, and have an amazing time!