UB40 cancels Tauranga concert due to summer storm ripping through Aotearoa

British reggae band UB40 smiling
UB40 have called off their Tauranga gig because of the bad weather. Photo credit: Supplied

British reggae band UB40 and their Kiwi fans have become the latest victims of the summer storm currently battering Aotearoa.

Their Bay of Plenty concert has been cancelled.

The 'Red Red Wine' hitmakers were due to headline A Summer's Day Live concert on Wednesday at the Trustpower Baypark in Tauranga, but hours before it was set to start, promoter Neptune Entertainment announced it was being called off after the weather watches for the region were upgraded to warnings.

"Can't win them all, hope to see you at the next one and thanks for your ongoing support," the Facebook post said.

"We had an amazing show planned, however, safety is our top priority and this call has been made with our customers and staff first in mind."

Along with UB40, the concert was to feature Jefferson Starship and Dragon.

Organisers said those who had bought tickets should "sit tight" and refunds would be sorted automatically.

The Tauranga concert is the second one in 24 hours to be canned due to adverse weather conditions.

On Tuesday, organisers of the Summer Haze Matakana festival, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, decided to cancel their show.

"The health and safety of our crew and attendees are paramount, and the decision has been made in conjunction with the venue, production and promoter team," Summer Haze said on its website.

"We thank you for your understanding and patience while we work to secure the site and apologies for any inconvenience caused."

Meanwhile, organisers of this week's Juicy Fest said they were confident the weather wouldn't affect their shows in Auckland, Napier, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Whangārei.

Festival organiser Glenn Meikle told Newshub they would only cancel any of the planned events if it "was deemed unsafe" to continue.

"At this stage there is no risk of Juicy Fest being postponed in Napier or any of our cities that Juicy Fest will be touring," he said.

"The only circumstance that would stop Jucy Fest from going ahead would be if it was deemed unsafe to hold the event. According to the Metservice's weather forecast for Thursday, it is looking dry for most of the time the festival is scheduled. No rain is forecast between 1pm-9pm, with just a bit of rain expected for the last hour of the show. 

"New Zealand is known for having four-seasons in one day and forecasts can change as the days go on. We will continue to keep an eye on the weather for each date and make adjustments if needed. 

"We would still recommend festival-goers dress to the conditions of the city they are attending and be prepared with suitable footwear and appropriate wet weather gear as needed on the day."