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All about Spring City

In February this year, the Electric Gardens festival crossed the ditch for its inaugural Kiwi festival held here at Ellerslie Event Centre.

Featuring Fatboy Slim and Sigma, it was an incredible, not-to-be-missed gig.

But, if you didn’t manage to make it, make sure you come along to Spring City which is happening here on Sunday 24 November.

In the lead-up, we chatted to Kyle Bell, Event Producer at Endeavour Live, to find out his plans for this epic November event.


What’s the idea behind Spring City?

Spring City is a new concept launched this year; a dancing metropolis right in the heart of Ellerslie Racecourse.

We really had some fun creating this brand and can't wait to bring it to life in November.

It’s designed to be a bit of fun outside of your normal concert experience.

Together, with Ellerslie Event Centre, our goal is to create an annual concert brand that will continue to bring amazing talent to Auckland during s

pring – a bit of a festival warmup to the silly season. And with the weather warming up, we are expecting a good old-fashioned knees up in the middle of Ellerslie Event Centre's racecourse infield.

What acts are lined up for Spring City? The line-up is going to be fantastic. The opportunity to bring Two Door Cinema Club to New Zealand for the first time was too good to refuse.

We’ve hosted Flight Facilities at Rhythm and Vines before and they deliver an amazing show, plus we recently toured Crooked Colours across sold-out shows in Wellington and Auckland. And Foley is one of our favourite New Zealand acts on the rise.

How did Electric Gardens go?

Electric Gardens was quite simply... electric.

Bag Raiders and Sigma were both amazing but the undisputed champ of the night was Fatboy Slim.

We had just toured him across New Zealand so this was his final performance of the tour.

The visuals and his back catalogue of dance floor anthems were outstanding.

It was the first time we’d delivered a show of this size in the heart of Ellerslie Racecourse so both the Ellerslie Event Centre team and Endeavour Live learned a lot of things and in the future we will be investing a lot into improving the customer experience.

We can rest easy knowing that the bands will deliver a show to remember.

What makes Ellerslie Event Centre a great place to have a gig like this?

Ellerslie Event Centre is very central and easy to get to for most Aucklanders, plus the team have been very proactive in helping us to attract these type of shows and are on the same page in terms of delivering a premium customer experience.

What’s your vision for the future?

For Endeavour Live, less is more in terms of ensuring the shows we produce are of the highest calibre and that we are providing something different.

Auckland is a great place to live, and we already are blessed with more gigs per capita than most cities across Australasia (certainly across New Zealand). So I guess we hope to provide a bit of variety to your standard concert experiences, from your outdoor greenfield concerts to tennis court dance-offs.


Spring City takes place here at Ellerslie Event Centre on Sunday 24 November. For tickets, visit www.springcity.co.nz

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