Blink-182 Cancel New Zealand Show On Two Weeks Notice

24 February 2024 | 10:06 am | Mary Varvaris

While blink-182 will no longer be performing in Christchurch, their gig at Auckland’s Spark Arena is still going ahead.


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Blink-182 will no longer perform in Christchurch on the Australia/New Zealand leg of their world tour, citing logistical issues.

Fans discovered the news via a cancellation email, which read (per NZ Herald): “Unfortunately, the Blink-182 Christchurch performance has been cancelled due to unanticipated logistical issues outside of the band’s control.

“Event organisers join the band and fans in being very disappointed and regret any inconvenience that this cancellation has caused.”

The event was due to take place at WolfBrook Arena on Monday, 4 March. While blink-182 will no longer be performing in Christchurch, their gig at Auckland’s Spark Arena (on Saturday, 2 March) is still going ahead.

Fans will be able to receive refunds via Ticketek.

Blink-182 may no longer be performing in Christchurch, but their opening act, fellow US rockers Rise Against, have announced a one-off gig at the Christchurch Town Hall on Monday, 4 March. Tickets are now available for that show on the Frontier Touring website.

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On X (formerly known as Twitter), fans have expressed feeling “gutted” about blink-182’s Christchurch concert getting cancelled, especially on such short notice.

New Zealand comedian and writer Sam Smith wrote, “I'm a massive blink-182 fan. I bought tix the day they were available way back in 2022. Gutted not to see them in Christchurch. But thank god I also bought Auckland tix too.”

Logan Swinkels, the Digital Executive Producer for SENZ Radio, added, “Gutted for the pop-punkers down south. This concert would’ve been a big deal.”

Other fans were more upset about the last-minute cancellation, calling out the band members directly for “pretty shoddy” treatment of fans, with another asking for an “update / explanation / apology for heartbroken fans”, and a different fan calling the cancellation “total horse shit”.

Blink-182 will continue their Australian tour with their fourth show at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena tonight before returning to Melbourne for three final shows at Rod Laver Arena (they already played two shows there last week).

The band have been playing massive 27-song setlists in Australia, which include seven tracks from their latest LP, One More Time…, with fans down under being treated to the live debuts of Fuck Face, Turpentine and Anthem Pt 3 (the latter played in full for the first time).

The remainder of their set balances their discography quite well, with the pop-punk trio playing five tracks each from their self-titled album, Enema Of The State and Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, one song from the records Dude Ranch, California and Neighborhoods, and two from The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!).

Go here to read The Music’s review of blink-182’s first Australian show on this tour in Perth.