29 Jan 2024

Lightning strikes cause evacuation of Hamilton music festival

From Morning Report, 7:22 am on 29 January 2024

Thousands of people had to evacuate Claudelands Oval in Hamilton on Sunday night after a cluster of lightning strikes got worryingly close to the venue.

Headliners, Simple Minds, had just played 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' when a production manager cut their set short with instructions for everyone to leave.

The band is set to play again next Saturday, in Queenstown.

Greenstone Entertainment general manager Dean Calvert spoke to Corin Dann.