With England out of the Rugby World Cup, one of their greatest entertainers is “backing the All Blacks” in this weekend’s final against Australia.
British pop superstar Robbie Williams jetted into Wellington last night wearing an All Blacks jersey ahead of his concert on Saturday night at the Basin Reserve.
Williams, travelling with his father Peter Conway, was blown away by the powhiri at a private hangar at Wellington Airport.
“Absolutely incredible, it’s blown my mind, yea, mind blown, straight from that traditional welcome, the energy of that, the fierceness of that, the pride, you know it’s a mixture of terrified and exhilarated and is he going to throw that at me, it was incredible.”
It’s the first time the 41-year-old has been in New Zealand in 12 years.
The Basin Reserve cricket ground is being transformed into a concert venue to host up to 15,000 fans in the only outdoor performance of William’s Let Me Entertain You tour.
It’s the first major solo act to perform at the Basin Reserve, and Positively Wellington Chief Executive Glenys Coughlan hopes it will open the door for more international artists to perform there.
“Wellington has missed out in the past because it didn’t have a venue smaller than Westpac Stadium that could host between 10 and 15 thousand fans.”
There are still some tickets available for the show.
Williams has sold more than 77 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.