Damp Weather Can't Dampen Spirits at Summer Concert Series Featuring Simple Minds and More

Published January 28, 2024

The Summer Concert Series recently wrapped up with a bang, despite unpredictable weather that graced the events in Taupō and Hamilton. Iconic Scottish bands Simple Minds and Texas headlined the occasion, sharing the stage with Pseudo Echo and Collective Soul. The Hamilton concert concluded slightly ahead of schedule due to safety concerns from potential electrical storms, but not before Simple Minds could deliver their hit 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'. Attendees were required to evacuate, but spirits remained high as fans reminisced about the memorable performances.

Concert Amidst Variable Weather

The Taupō leg of the concerts saw a smaller turnout of 13,000 guests enjoying the music in milder conditions, albeit with some drizzle. The crowd absorbed the Scottish vibe, with Texas' performance stirring up the audience despite a surprise shower. Sharleen Spiteri, the band's lead vocalist, humorously addressed the weather's fickleness to the energetic crowd.

Taupō's Laid-back Festival Experience

Though attendance in Taupō was lower than the usual 17,500, the event did not lack ambiance or entertainment. Concertgoers were treated to an array of festival foods, drinks, and music that filled the air, creating a relaxed atmosphere within Riverside Park's picturesque setting.

Hamilton's Soggy Spectacle

In Hamilton, the concert started with dampness in the air which intermittently cleared up. However, the persistent rain returned, causing the event to wind down slightly earlier than intended. Nonetheless, the crowd, well-equipped with rain gear, remained undeterred, reveling in the music and embracing every shower that came their way.

When Texas and then Simple Minds performed, their hits resonated deeply with the fans, creating a powerful sense of camaraderie and excitement that is the hallmark of live performances. As the concert neared its close, the weather deteriorated, but the event will be fondly remembered for its energetic performances and the tenacity of the artists and fans alike.

The series now moves on to its final show in Queenstown. Despite the unpredictable weather, the Summer Concert Series has once again proven to be a resilient celebration of music and community.

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