Rain cans UB40 concert


Rain has cancelled tonight’s UB40 concert at Waitiri Creek Winery.

After a summer almost completely devoid of precipitation, today the heavens opened above the Wakatipu.

That might come as welcome relief for many but it proved a nightmare for the British reggae band and their Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour.

Just before 5pm, promoter Jackie Sanders confirmed organisers are pulling the pin on the outdoor concert because of safety concerns. No alternative venue has been arranged.

Promoters attempted to relocate the concert – featuring support acts Jason Kerrison and Herbs – to the Queenstown Events Centre.

They planned to open the doors at 8.30pm with the main act taking the stage an hour later than scheduled.

At 3.30pm, Sanders said stage organisers were waiting for sign-off from the Fire Service to hold the concert at the Frankton venue.

However just after 4pm, Queenstown council’s spin doctor Michele Poole said on social media the concert can’t not be held there because it can’t accommodate the 3000 ticket holders. Plus there are other issues such as fire safety and liquor licensing.

Confusion reigned on social media. Some comments indicated the concert has been cancelled but others said promoters were hoping to hold the concert at Waitiri Creek as planned.

Are you a hopping-mad UB40 ticket holder? Email: tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

Otago Daily Times