'So much history': Six60 thrilled to announce first ever Eden Park concert

Kiwi band Six60 will headline the first ever concert at Eden Park on Saturday, April 24.

The opportunity comes after a lengthy battle with some neighbouring residents, finally resolved after a resource consent hearing late last year.

Six60 frontman Matiu Walters told Newshub the Eden Park gig will be a celebration for everyone.

"We've been working towards it and kind of dreamt it into reality," he said.

"We believed in that, we agreed that there should be concerts here, it's like this amazing concert venue just sitting here dormant. Not to mention what it's going to do for the area and for Auckland, which has been through so much in the last few months."

It's personal for Matiu, whose grandfather played for the New Zealand Māori at Eden Park against the Springboks in 1956.

"I grew up in this area and I've witnessed so much history here, in a way I feel like it's a birthright if I'm in a position to play here - I want to play here, it's such a cool thing to be able to do," he said.

"I think it's important that it's a New Zealand band to open a venue like this. Wembley Stadium was opened by a British group, and so on around the world. So yeah, this is going to be Six60's new home."

The ground has been a fortress for the All Blacks, unbeaten for decades.

Resident opposition to use the park as a live music venue proved just as difficult to overcome. That changed last year following a resource consent hearing, the band among those to make submissions.

"We put our weight behind it, we went to the hearings, we supported it as much as we could to get it across the line because we want it for the country," Matiu said.

The agreement to play comes with a raft of conditions like volume levels, stage location and a 10.30pm finish.

"Every aspect of running a show here had to be gone through by council, by management and yes there was opposition and a lot of support," concert promoter Brent Eccles said.

"You know people think of different things and have different attitudes, that's fine - but Auckland is a city that has to go on."

More than 50,000 are expected at the April gig, which is being described as a celebration of New Zealand music.