Kick starting the new year

24 March 2014

Local drum and bass act Shapeshifter helped The University of Auckland welcome its students into the start of the 2014 academic year.

The band was the headline act for the Orientation Concert, performing in front of some 2,300 students at Shed 10, on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf.

“It was brilliant to see our students truly engaged and having a fantastic experience to kick off the start of the year,” said Marie-Jo Wilson, Student Engagement Manager.

The concert marked a few firsts for the Events team, including having the concert in a venue off campus and indoors, for the first time in its short history.

Kate McLennan, Events Coordinator explained that the decision was more of a practical one: “Having an outdoor event leaves you exposed to the elements so we wanted to make sure we found an indoor venue to take the weather out of the equation, and provide a ‘real’ concert experience for the students.”

The event also saw a student committee and student volunteers involved in picking the headline act as well as helping out on the night – giving the students input and insight into the administrative side of event management.

“It was great to have that input from the student body, and we were all stoked that we got to work with an iconic NZ band for this year’s concert. It was a good experience to work alongside the students as well on the evening, and for them to see some of the work that we do.

“The goals for next year will be to search and secure that elusive up-and-coming, amazing act that will really hit the spot with students, and hopefully give us another sell out concert to look forward to.”