Crucial Boost for Wellington Hospitality

With Guns N' Roses and Foo Fighters playing in the capital just one week apart and after two years of postponements and cancellations, Wellington is set to rock at the end of this year.

Guns N' Roses will play on December 8 - this show was previously scheduled for November 19, 2021, but was postponed due to Covid-19- then just days later Foo Fighters will take to the stage on December 15.

More than 60,000 fans are expected to attend the December shows, bringing a much-needed boost to Wellington's hospitality and events sector, which has been hammered by the pandemic.

WellingtonNZ Events & Experiences general manager Warrick Dent says it's a great opportunity to attract people from out of town to see what Wellington has to offer.

"Major events are important in attracting out-of-town visitors to the city where they shop, dine and stay in local accommodation. These two concerts will be no exception and will bring in many millions of dollars to the local economy.

"With the two concerts scheduled for the weeks just before Christmas, they will be a great boost as we head into the holiday season.”

With life at the Red Light setting putting pressure on local bars and restaurants, Hospitality NZ Wellington president Paul Retimanu can hardly wait for the holiday season.

"Big events like the Foo Fighters and Guns N' Roses really help stimulate the hospitality sector. To say we are delighted they are coming to Wellington is an understatement. We can't wait. Wellington's events programme is shaping up to be a cracker and hospitality businesses are ready and waiting to play their part in helping locals and visitors have a memorable time. Bring it on."