Great H's big adventure at the zoo...First up, mods you might need to grant me some creative license for this post! It IS about TPF though. No, really... Oh, and it's gonna be kinda long too.
Well tonight was the night I was finally going to get to see TPF play live. I missed out last time they played in Auckland (at The Powerstation, a brilliant little gig venue), cos I was too darn slow in buying my ticket and failed to get in before it was sold out.
This time though, I was more organised and actually got my 'Zoo Music' ticket early. Wahoo!
Anyways, the zoo gates were to open early, 5.30 for a 6pm start - first The Thomas Oliver Band in support, then Liam Finn, then The Phoenix Foundation - and I had been wondering how I would get there on time. Or at least early enough that I didn't have to drive half way across Auckland in order to find a parking space and then have to walk back, like I did last time I went to a Zoo Music gig!
But the gods were on my side, it seemed, as the boss decided to give everyone a half day off today as a thank you for working extra hard on the latest issue of the magazine I work for - just sent to the printer last night. It featured Chch earthquake stories, so everyone was physically and/or emotionally wrung out and the offer of time off was really appreciated by all. Not least of all by me because it meant I could get to the zoo early and get a good spot!
Also, the ticket I had in my hot little hand gave me free entry into the zoo during the day to see the animals. Wahey! Bonus! So, with time now in hand, I went to the zoo about 2pm and had a wander around checking out all the cute little (and not so little) furry (and not so furry) things. (LOVE the otters
!). Naturally I scoped out the band rotunda area where I saw Liam Finn doing his sound check, and later as I wandered about I heard the TPF doing theirs and the opening strains of 'Pot'. I was a very happy bunny.
This is the rotunda area where the bands would be playing - on the left is the ostriches and the fenced area on the right housed this little cutie... I called out 'here puss puss puss' (as you do!) and he looked straight at me.
Also saw this guy: He's a tuatara, an NZ native like me, only he's the closest living relative to the dinosaurs. Very cool
That left me with just enough time to go check out the sea lions flipping gracefully about...
And by then it was 5pm and staff came around to kick us all out as the zoo was shutting for the day... Only to reopen it again half an hour later for the gig.
No matter, it gave me time to zip to my car and collect a small fold-up chair from the boot (thats the trunk, for those of you that don't speak kiwi...) and get back in time to be at the front of the queue to get back in and secure a good spot. YAY! Here's what the area looked like with the crowds starting to arrive for the show - the sun is out and it's unbelievably hot, lots of picnic baskets about and glasses of wine bought at the bar at the side. Lovely. That's The Thomas Oliver band playing - they were very good, I'm gonna have to go check them out again.
Then Liam Finn came on and I have to say he really impressed - Though my pics don't show it, he's just stuffed full of personality and energy.
He's gained a fan in me!
Alas, it started to rain and out came the umbrellas - I'm peeking out from under the brim of my black brolly there and my knees are getting VERY wet!
Note the seagull sitting on the top of the rotunda - he's having a laugh at us. They only seem to come further 'inland' when the weather is really crap out at sea, so the fact he was up there in the first photo too should've been a bit of a warning - Oh well.
it started raining STUPIDLY hard - everybody is completely
saturated and plenty of people left, but there comes a point where you can't get any more wet so what does it matter eh?!
Those of us that remained were having a blast bopping around in the rain!
Oh, and Tim Finn was standing about 2 foot behind me, watching the show!
Ok, so about now you're probably thinking to yourself: "Well Great H, that's all very nice, but what about The Phoenix Foundation? Enough of the cute animals and the pics of TTOB and Liam Finn, where are the TPF pics?"
Alas, I don't have any.
It was at about this point that someone came on stage and said that for 'Health and Safety" reasons, the rest of the show was going to be cancelled.
Something about the rain and the equipment in the rotunda becoming extremely wet, and not wanting the boys to be electrocuted...
So... yet again Great H fails to see TPF play live. But at least I as a TPF ticket holder, get free entry into the zoo for the rest of the month as a consolation!
And that, dear WTFers, was my great adventure at the zoo...