25 Apr 2021

Six60's first Eden Park gig may have been watched by millions

1:03 pm on 25 April 2021

It is estimated millions of people around the world tuned in to the live-stream of last night's history-making Six60 concert at Eden Park.

Six60 perform the first concert at Eden Park, broadcast to 11 Pacific Island countries.

Six60 perform the first concert headlined by a New Zealand act at Eden Park, broadcast to 11 Pacific Island countries. Photo: Supplied/Six60

In Auckland 50,000 people flocked to the sold out concert to hear Six60 live, along with performances by Jess B, Dave Dobbyn, Troy Kingi, Maimoa and Drax Project.

It was the first time ever a New Zealand group had headlined a concert at the venue.

Eden Park chief executive officer Nick Sautner said concerts held there provide a much-needed lift to the economy.

In January, Eden Park was granted permission to stage up to six concerts a year without having to gain resource consent for each, despite strong opposition by nearby residents concerned about the noise.

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Photo: Supplied/Six60

But Sautner said he did a walk around of the surrounding area last night and spotted many of the neighbours getting into the spirit of the gig, despite the fractious history.

"A number of them were having parties in the front before attending the concert. A number were having parties and listening to the concert.

"The feedback has been... from our neighbours - extremely positive. I'm just so thankful that we've worked over the last three years side-by-side."

The concert was also the first to be broadcast live to 11 Pacific Island countries through Pasifika TV, which is the flagship of a media initiative funded by the New Zealand government.

The show was then screened via 19 broadcasters in Pacific Island countries, as well as the Veeps online live music site.

Six60 waving to fans from the stage at Eden Park.

Six60 waving to fans from the stage at Eden Park. Photo: Supplied/Six60

Pasifika TV is part of Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting, and chief executive Natasha Meleisia said the event was an exciting first.

"Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa [the Pacific ocean] is what bonds Aotearoa and the Pacific, so it is quite fitting that this historic occasion for Six60 at Eden Park, is also met with an historic first for broadcasting a concert live from Tāmaki Makaurau into the Pacific."

"Six60 have been great to work with, and their embedded values of culture, language and whānau resonate well with Pasifika... Six60's kind gesture to share their concert with more than 10.5 million people across 11 Pacific Islands- makes them natural ambassadors of music for Aotearoa," she said.

Eden Park was sold out for the first New Zealand act to headline a concert at the stadium.

Eden Park was sold out for the first New Zealand act to headline a concert at the stadium. Photo: Supplied/Six60

Eden Park has also been a venue discussed as a possible mass vaccination site for the Covid-19 jab.

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