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‘Gutted, frustrated and in disbelief’: Wangamatā Beach Break the latest victim of weather-related gig postponments

Whangamatā Beach Break music festival has been postponed due to strong easterlies and heavy rain warnings, making it the latest in a string of music events to fall victim to weather-related last minute cancellations earlier in January.

The event was scheduled for this Saturday, January 28 and featured headline acts Shapeshifter, together with Australian band Ocean Alley and local acts My Baby, Masaya and Flaxxies.

In a statement released by the promoter, drum and bass outfit Shapeshifter said they were “gutted, frustrated and in disbelief” over the postponement.

“We ask our fans for their support in this difficult time by holding on to their tickets for the rescheduled date,” they said.

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The band is still scheduled to play its only South Island date this summer at Beach Break Nelson on February 5, with artists Kora, My Baby, Muroki and Mamadafunk.

The announcement comes weeks after Shapeshifter’s appearance at North Auckland’s Summer Haze, a music festival scheduled to be held in Matakana was cancelled due to expected wild weather.

“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,” the band wrote on the event’s Facebook page at the time.

The postponement the latest in a string of weather-related gig cancellations in January. As well as Summer Haze, the Tauranga A Summer’s Day leg of the New Zealand tour, was spiked earlier in the month, hours before it was scheduled to start.

Shapeshifter are 'gutted, frustrated and in disbelief' over the weather-related Beach Break postponment.


Shapeshifter are ‘gutted, frustrated and in disbelief’ over the weather-related Beach Break postponment.

Also in the second week of 2023, Tauranga’s R&B and hip-hop festival Juicy Fest was pulled at the last minute – it boasted a star-studded lineup including Ja-Rule, Chingy and Nelly.

A new date for Beach Break Whangamatā will be set, and all tickets will remain valid.

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