INVERCARGILL stadium’s general manager says he and his staff are “fizzing” they will be hosting pop star Benee later this year.
The Supalonely singer announced her Aotearoa Tour, which would visit many locations usually missed by touring acts, while in Invercargill last Thursday.
ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said Benee took a chance to visit the stadium venue during her trip south.
“What a lovely young woman. Absolutely enchanting, just so animated and so pleased to be in Invercargill.”
It had been a long time since Invercargill had hosted someone of Benee’s calibre with the demographic of her fans, he said.
Mr Skelt was confident they would sell all of about 2500 tickets, for the August 12 event, which were being sold now.
As well as Invercargill, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter would perform seven other shows, in New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Porirua, Nelson, Tauranga, Napier and Hamilton.
Benee said she pitched the idea of going to regional towns and cities to her managers earlier this year.
“It will be fun for me and be nice for everyone to feel acknowledged.
“I feel it’s nice to remind people that they do matter, even if you’re not in Auckland.
With international travel restricted due to Covid-19, Benee said it was important artists used this time to play as many shows as they could and keep New Zealand audiences entertained.
Her upcoming shows would feature new songs, lights and stage set up.
“I feel like I haven’t played for a year… Doing headline shows is so different.”
Part of that difference was knowing those she would perform to would have come specifically to see her.
“That makes it a little more special sometimes.”
Not only would elements of the shows be new, the places she performed in were new to her as well.
“I feel like you attract quirkier crowds, which is really fun … You find there are a lot of people who want to come out and listen to music.”