Concert venue

Six60’s Hamilton Concert Hall Wins New Zealand City Band H3 Award

The Six60 concert at the Claudelands Oval in Hamilton in February 2021. Photo/Supplied

The transformation of a green space into an outdoor concert hall has won the band H3 from Hamilton a national award.

Claudelands Oval was named Best Venue 2021 by the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) at its annual awards ceremony on July 26. It comes after Claudelands Oval made its impressive debut as a live music venue in February last year when it held a crowd of 25,000. for Six60 Saturdays.

The Hamilton site triumphed over finalists Whanganui War Memorial Center for the Downer New Zealand Masters Games 2021 and Haere-roa Christchurch for the NZ Antarctic Science Conference.

Claudelands was praised by the award judges for its “first foray into large-scale outdoor concerts, which was a complex undertaking with multiple stakeholders in the mix”.

“The Claudelands team rose to the challenge and were nimble and thorough – delivering a hugely successful event in a previously underutilized outdoor space. Six60 Saturdays was a great example of a venue working for all its stakeholders .”

Gary Taylor (H3 Business Dev Manager), Ben Slatter (H3 Director of Ops), Rebecca Aston (H3 Major Events Manager) with Brittany Turlock (second from left) from sponsor Trinity Hill.  Photo / Provided
Gary Taylor (H3 Business Dev Manager), Ben Slatter (H3 Director of Ops), Rebecca Aston (H3 Major Events Manager) with Brittany Turlock (second from left) from sponsor Trinity Hill. Photo / Provided

Run by the Hamilton City Council H3 team, Claudelands Oval has hosted the annual A&P Show and Hamilton’s Waikato Show for many years, as well as other recent events including Relay For Life and 4 And Rotary Nationals.

However, the space is most often used for car parking during large events at Claudelands Events Center and GLOBOX Arena.

The Council’s managing director of sites, tourism and major events, Sean Murray, said transforming this large green space into an outdoor concert hall required the H3 team to reimagine and redefine their vision of the region.

“It was really a blank canvas when the idea was born – the beauty of a large outdoor space like this is that you’re not restricted by the four walls of a traditional indoor concert hall, so this gave us unlimited leeway,” Murray said.

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“For Claudelands Oval to live up to the vision we had as a venue, our team had to be creative in determining the best configuration and layering all the infrastructure required, as well as engaging in a proactive with the client, partners and stakeholders such as neighbors to ensure that all their needs are well understood and met. »

After his successful debut for Six60 Saturdays, Murray said the H3 team was looking forward to welcoming more live music to the oval.

“There are definitely plans afoot for more outdoor concerts at Claudelands Oval, so watch this space,” Murray said.

Other Hamilton events recognized at the NZEA Awards include the 2021 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, which was a finalist for Best Arts or Culture Event 2021, and Balloons Over Waikato, which was shortlisted for Best Community or Non-Profit Event lucrative 2021.