Five sold-out dates, second Spark Arena show: Is Benee's NZ tour one of the biggest-selling in the world?

Kiwi pop star Benee's nationwide tour of Aotearoa may the biggest-selling in the world right now as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force musicians across the globe to cancel their gigs.  

The 20-year-old singer - real name is Stella Bennet - announced a string of shows last week, beginning in Christchurch on October 1. 

Five of Benee's shows have already sold-out during presales, including three in Wellington, one in Christchurch and what was to be her final gig at Auckland's Spark Arena, where demand has seen the 'Supalonely' hitmaker add a second date. 

Overseas, the list of tour cancellations continues to grow. According to the BBC, a top music boss and virologist both agree that concerts and festivals in the UK are a 'write-off' for 2020. 

Imagine Dragons, Snoop Dogg, Bob Dylan, Kesha, Rage Against the Machine, BTS, Tool, Foo Fighters, Little Mix and The 1975 are just a handful of huge acts that have cancelled or postponed shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. Festivals such as Glastonbury and Coachella will also have to wait until next year. 

Meanwhile, the local New Zealand music scene is beginning to get back on its feet. Alongside Benee, acts like The Beths, L.A.B and Shapeshifter are all set to return to the stage for eager Kiwi fans in the coming months.