Holly Mathieson Conductor/Kaikōtui
Alien Weaponry Band/Te pēne 
Ariana Tikao Taonga Pūoro


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Alien Weaponry have been forced to postpone tonight’s much-anticipated performance at Christchurch Town Hall.
The NZSO and Alien Weaponry made the difficult decision to postpone Tū Tapatahi – Stronger Together due to an injury sustained in an accident by a band member in Christchurch today.
Guitarist and vocalist Lewis de Jong is in good health, but the accident has resulted in a broken thumb and has left him unable to perform.
After exhausting all options with how to continue tonight’s near sold-out concert experience, the NZSO and Alien Weaponry decided it was not feasible.
The NZSO’s and Alien Weaponry’s thoughts are with the many people who had tickets for tonight and were looking forward to the performance. Everyone involved in bringing Tū Tapatahi – Stronger Together to Christchurch are saddened that the concert has had to be postponed.
All tickets, whether bought from ticketing agency Ticketek or the NZSO, will be valid for when a new date is announced for the concert.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joins Aotearoa New Zealand metal band Alien Weaponry for a very special concert. With creative coordinator Jeremy Mayall and special guest taonga pūoro musician Ariana Tikao, your NZSO brings together some of New Zealand’s top composers combining symphonic might with Alien Weaponry’s raw power and energy. Hailed by Revolver Magazine in the USA as “one of the most exciting young metal bands in the world right now”, Alien Weaponry are bringing their unique te reo metal to their legions of fans across the globe with many of their songs sung in te reo Māori. 

The three-piece from Waipu deliver emotionally and politically charged stories of conflict and grief with a warriorlike attitude. Drummer Henry de Jong says, “Our musical style and messages have a lot of similarities with haka, which is often brutal, angry and about stories of great courage or loss.” 

Their debut album Tū, released in 2018, has been acclaimed worldwide and the band have toured extensively across Europe and North America supporting Slayer, Anthrax, Ministry and Black Label Society as well as opening for Prophets of Rage in Auckland, New Zealand. They have sold out headline shows in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the USA and Canada; and played main stage sets to record crowds at some of the biggest and most prestigious festivals around the world.

Ko Te Tira Puoro o Aotearoa e tūhono atu ana ki te pēne mētara a Alien Weaponry mō tētahi konohete motuhake i Te Hōro Tāone i Ōtautahi. E whakarite tahi ana a Jeremy Mayall me NZSO kia whakakotahi i ētahi kaikōtui matua i Aotearoa ki te whakatōpū i te ao puoro tuatini me te aukaha, te ihi hoki o Alien Weaponry.

E ai ki te mōhini Revolver, nō Amerika, “he pēne mētara, he pēne taiohi e hīkaka ana i te ao i tēnei wā”, ā, ko Alien Weaponry e kawe ana i ā rātou waiata motuhake i te reo Māori ki te tini me te mano.

Ko te pēne takitoru nō Waipu e karawhiua ana ngā waiata whakaaroharoha, ngā waiata tōrangapū e taki ana i ngā pūrākau pakanga, te mamae hoki mā te wairua toa. E ai ki te kaipahū, a Henry de Jong, “he tauritenga o ā mātou waiata ki te haka, he tukituki, he hūneinei i ngā pūrākau o te aukaha, o te pōkaikaha rānei.”

Ko tā rātou kōpae tuatahi, a Tū, i puta i te tau 2018, e rongonui ana i te ao whānui, ā, i tāpoi hoki rātou i Ūropi me Amerika hei tautoko i ngā pēne pēnā i a Slayer, Anthrax, Ministry, me Black Label Society, oti rā, i tūwhera rātou i te konohete mō Prophets of Rage i Tāmaki Makaurau. Kua pau ngā tikiti ki ā rātou konohete matua i Aotearoa, i Ahitereiria, i Ūropi, i Amerika me Kānata, waihoki kua whakatangi atu ā rātou waiata ki ngā whakaminenga tini ki ētahi konohete rongonui i te ao hurihuri.