Wu-Tang Clan to play Auckland concert despite local state of emergency

Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan will play Auckland despite state of emergency. Photo credit: Supplied

Hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan's Auckland concert at Spark Arena will go ahead on Tuesday night despite the local state of emergency.

The official advice is to avoid non-essential travel in Auckland and some ticketholders say they cannot attend the concert due to the severe weather, but organisers have not offered refunds.

"The NY State of Mind tour with Wu-Tang & Nas at Spark Arena tonight is going ahead as planned. However the show will now start one hour later at 9pm," a statement said.

"Doors will still open from 7pm. We encourage all attendees to plan their travel accordingly so they can make their way to the venue safely."

On Tuesday afternoon there had been an increasing number of ticketholders expressing anger at the lack of updates over the planned concert before the statement was released at 5pm.

A local state of emergency was declared by Auckland mayor Wayne Brown at 12.59pm, prompting many employers and businesses to urge their staff to head home and stay there.

Auckland Transport also pleaded with commuters to "avoid travelling" tonight.

"We're asking Aucklanders to avoid travelling this evening once they have made it home safely," said AT Group Manager Metro Services Darek Koper.

During the day, Wu-Tang Clan shared a video of their soundcheck at Spark Arena on thier Instagram account, leading to confusion about whether the concert was to go ahead amid the pleas to stay home.

The event will now begin at 9pm, one hour later than planned, after doors open at 7pm as originally planned.