The Dominion Post has revealed that a roadie company with clients including Elton, U2, and Tool, has gone into liquidation due to Covid-19 border restrictions.
Since 2015, KiwiKrew has been helping set up concerts for international touring artists. Their services include lighting, video, and loading. But with New Zealand’s border closed and no international acts permitted into the region, business came to a halt.
It’s hoped that when the performers do return, the enterprise can re-emerge as a new entity under a new name. Meanwhile, a Kiwi promoter who has worked on events featuring Elton, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, the Moody Blues, and Kiss thinks the government ought to consider his proposal.
He’d like to bring global rockers to the country via a private quarantine process. Phil Sprey of Capital C: Concerts wants to chart a private plane to fly music-makers to New Zealand and quarantine them in a plush South Island tourist lodge before sending them out on Kiwi tour dates. The entire quarantine process would be funded by his company, and Phil says he has been in talks with some headliners, but would not divulge their names.