An Elton John concert was postponed minutes before it was scheduled to begin in Auckland on Friday as a result of the torrential rain and erratic weather.
About 40,000 people were reportedly expected to attend the evening concert at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand’s largest city. Thousands were already at the venue when organisers decided to cancel not long before John was due to take the stage at 7:30 pm.
The concert was billed as a final farewell tour for musician. Frontier Touring, one of the concert promoters, tweeted the concert had been cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.
A large number of concertgoers who had endured the weather were disappointed that the decision hadn’t been made earlier.
The MetService weather agency issued a warning about flash flooding and slick driving conditions throughout the city. State Highway 1, the primary road that divides Auckland, was partially stopped on Friday night by transportation authorities.