#VAXFORLIVE Encourages Kiwis to Get Vaccinated So we Can Get Back to What We Love

CALLING ALL KIWIS… The Aotearoa live music, entertainment and concert sector needs your help!

With the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak our much-loved traditional summer of music, entertainment and festivals is in danger, and we are urging music fans and those who love going to any form of gigs to go get vaccinated now so we can all enjoy some awesome live tunes together again asap!

Aotearoa has been lucky in the fight against COVID-19 to say the least. The first half of 2021 has brought us many small and large-scale events in a time when the rest of the world was still in restriction. Because of our nation’s hard and fast approach to lockdowns we have been rewarded with the freedoms to socialise and enjoy live music and entertainment together. We want that to continue and there is only one way for that to happen.

Earlier this week, the New Zealand Government announced the roll-out of vaccination certificates in New Zealand, with a plan to launch in November this year. Commonly used overseas, the certificates would provide proof that individuals have been fully vaccinated, and the Government is likely to make the use of these certificates mandatory for large scale events.

Artists throughout Aotearoa are getting on board and encouraging fans to get vaccinated now:

“Crowded House were truly blessed to play shows in Aotearoa NZ in March. Live concerts bring joy and freedom that lift the spirits of audience and artists alike. This summer NZ will be open again for concerts but you will need to be vaccinated against Covid. Come on everyone, we’ve had the vaccine, it’s safe and it’s keeping the ones we love safe,” Neil Finn –  CROWDED HOUSE

“Me kaha taatou ki te patu i a Korona ki te rongoaa aaraimate. Kia okaina ia o taatou, ka ora ai te ao puuoro.” Translation: “We should all contribute to fight COVID-19 by being vaccinated. Through this, our music industry will flourish again.” THEIA

“It’ll be seven years since Supergroove last played by the time Electric Avenue rolls around this February. We’re hoping everyone get’s vaxxed so we can party together with Lorde and the rest of an almighty line up in Ōtautahi! Ngā Mihi Aotearoa.” SUPERGROOVE

“For me getting the vaccine is all about protection – protecting the people who I love who cannot get vaccinated because they’re immunocompromised. Or because they’re ineligible, like my daughter who’s just about to turn 4. And after almost two years of not being able to tour internationally the vaccine gives me the best protection to be able to do the job that I love. I cannot wait to be on stage playing music again here in Aotearoa, and the best way for us to get to that summer of gigs and dancing is to be vaccinated. For our whanau, for our communities, and for ourselves.” LADYHAWKE

“We can reunite with #vaxforlive. My favourite part of music making is playing live but we gotta do it safely, and if you haven’t already heard, us artists won’t be able to do our work and you won’t be able to enjoy live music, festivals or the arts without getting vaccinated.  I want to be part of incredible live shows where you, my friends – audiences and artists, venues and crew – are all as safe and protected as possible. We can reunite with #vaxforlive. I know what it’s like to feel hesitant about vaccines but for me getting vaccinated against Covid means that I am doing my best to protect my friends, whanau and myself.  If you haven’t already been vaccinated please do it now. If you’re scared or hesitant it’s OK – book a consultation with your GP and they can advise you.  We’re all in this together – I can’t wait to play for you really soon.” REB FOUNTAIN

“Sadly, our tour was cut short by the COVID lockdown, keen to get it finished & start making plans for the future. Get your vax folks so we can all get back to gigging and grooving.” MAKO ROAD

“Looking forward to playing live in Aotearoa soon, love to see you there.” SIX60

We’re all united by the same vision: ending interruptions to our live entertainment culture by encouraging everybody to get vaccinated. We all have a part to play in getting back to the gigs, events, concerts and festivals we love.

“The only way to be sure we’re going to have safe live gigs in the future, is to have all of our artists and concert attendees vaccinated, so let’s get on with it.” BRENT ECCLES – Concert Promoter for Eccles Entertainment + Frontier Touring and President of the NZ Promoters Association

“Vaccinations are our ticket to live shows this summer. Most importantly, vaccination will be the key to keeping fans, artists and crew safe as we gather again for the quintessential Kiwi summer we all know and love.” MARK KNEEBONE – Managing Director, Live Nation New Zealand

 “We in venue world are desperate to open the doors and let you all back in, come on NZ get the vaccine and let’s have some fun!”  MARK GOSLING – EVANZ

“Crowds enjoying summer nights of Speedway Racing at Western Springs have been part of the Auckland entertainment scene since 1929. We encourage everyone who wants to get along and enjoy the action at the Springs this summer to play your part by getting vaccinated now” JOHN McCALLUM – Western Springs Speedway

Kiwis know that nothing beats live music… except, maybe, COVID. Get vaccinated for gigs now so we can have an epic summer in the sun with some of the best live music and entertainment that Aotearoa has to offer.

So, c’mon Aotearoa: Vax Together, Stay Together, #vaxforlive.

Be part of the crowd and book now at www.bookmyvaccine.nz and help us unite against COVID-19 and bring back live entertainment!

Thank you to the wider Aotearoa music community for getting on board and supporting the #VAXFORLIVE campaign!

APRA, Recorded Music NZ, NZ Promoters Association, NZ Music Commission, Independent Music NZ, Music Managers Forum, Producers Guild, Live Nation, Eccles Entertainment, Frontier Touring, Chugg Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Moshtix, Greenstone Entertainment, Rhythm and Vines, Endeavour Live, MusicHelps, CRS Management, TEG, Universal Music, Warner Music, Northern Bass, Bay Dreams, Audiology, Red Rum Touring/Hidden Valley Festival, Spark Arena, Fuzen, Auckland Stadiums, Splore, Creative NZ, 818 Entertainment, NZ On Air, NZME, Jacman Entertainment, Mediaworks, Live in WLG, Wellington Venues, Venues Otautahi, 100% good, Laneway, Village Sounds, NZ Comedy Festival, Save Our Venues, Birds Nest Entertainment, OUSA, Loop, The Trusts Arena, Eventfinda, Rockquest… and many more plus all of the incredible artists helping to get this message out to kiwis!

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