The Black Seeds, Ladi 6, JessB to headline free We Love Aotearoa gig

The Black Seeds, Ladi 6, JessB to headline free We Love Aotearoa gig
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The Black Seeds, Ladi 6, JessB and more will headline a free concert in Auckland called We Love Aotearoa, organised by a group of international travellers as a "thank you to the people of New Zealand" and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The two-part event begins with a whānau fun day including games, art and a silent disco, before rolling into an evening gig featuring many of the country's best-loved local acts. Sola Rosa, Leisure, Clicks, Frank Booker, Flamingo Pier and Tina Turntables are all due to take the stage at Auckland's Queen's Wharf on August 15. 

We Love Aotearoa has been put together by a collective of friends from several countries including Canada, Spain, England, The Philippines and more. 

The group said they found themselves faced with a decision whether to stay in New Zealand or head home just 48 hours before the country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus. 

"Whilst being here they have been overwhelmed by the manaakitanga and aroha they have received from the people of Aotearoa," a statement about the concert read. 

"These events are a thank you to the people of New Zealand for being so kind and welcoming, and also an acknowledgment of the hard work that 'the team of 5 million' have gone through to get us to where we are now." 

The all-ages whānau fun day runs from 11am - 3pm and the R18 concert begins at 4.30pm and finishes at 11pm on August 15 at Shed 10 and The Cloud at Queen's Wharf. 

Attendance to both events is free. A Facebook event RSVP is required for the whānau-fun day, while free tickets will be available for the concert from July 27.