Noise complaints from neighbours have forced US hard rock band Helmet to move their show away from the Kings Arms.
It’s another blow for the beleaguered Auckland music venue, coming just days after a show was shut down by noise control after two complaints from neighbouring residents.
Noise control and police swooped on a metal concert at the Kings Arms last Saturday night, taking a speaker and sound mixer to forcibly end the show. The final act, Windhand – billed as “a powerhouse of American doom metal” – were unable to finish their set, leaving fans who had paid up to $60 for tickets dissatisfied.
That incident convinced Helmet promoter Dave Munro of Brent Eccles Entertainment he needed to move the show.
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New York rockers Helmet were due to play the Kings Arms on April 22, but the show has been moved to nearby Galatos.
Munro said he wanted to have the show at the Kings Arms, but couldn’t risk it being shut down in the same way as the Windhand show.
“Ideally I would have loved to have kept it at the Kings Arms, it’s a great little room and it’s a vibing space,” he said.
“But [music promotion] is a risky business as it is, and this just adds another element of risk of are we going to get halfway through a set and get shut down.”
Tickets for the Kings Arms show would remain valid for Galatos.
“I can’t afford to get shut down. It’s an unfortunate situation which I hope [The Kings Arms] can get resolved,” Munro said.
The Kings Arms, a fixture of Auckland’s music scene for years, is in its final months of life after developers purchased the former 19th-century pub last year.
Helmet, who changed the sound of hard rock in the 90s with songs like Wilma’s Rainbow, will perform their seminal 1994 album Betty in full at their New Zealand shows, as well as a collection of newer songs.
They play Christchurch’s New City Hotel on April 21 and Galatos on April 22.
Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.nz and undertheradar.co.nz.