Six60 Play World’s Only Stadium Tour

They’re currently the planet’s biggest touring band, putting on huge shows in their COVID-free homeland, NME reports. In his own words, Six60’s frontman, Matiu Walters, told the magazine how that feels.

“When New Zealand went into lockdown last March, we knew it would be a long time until we could play live again and that was really scary. I don’t know anything else,” Walters explained.

“Now though, we’re performing to stadiums full of people [including the 15,000-capacity TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth]. Our geography has to have helped; we’re on a tiny island with a small population but also we worked hard not to politicise this whole COVID thing.

“We’re releasing some new music really soon and we might be playing [New Zealand’s largest sports stadium] Eden Park in April, which is an iconic venue and the home of [Rugby team] the All Blacks. No band has ever played there.”

On 23 February 2019, Six60 became the first New Zealand band to play a sold-out concert at the Western Springs Stadium, to a crowd of 50,000 fans.

Original article by Matiu Walters, NME, February 9, 2021.

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