Fans pumped for high-octane Nitro

By Mike Dinsdale

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EXPLOSIVE: Levi Sherwood wows the crowd with his aerial gymnastics for the Nitro Circus, which is coming to Whangarei in January.PHOTO/FILE
EXPLOSIVE: Levi Sherwood wows the crowd with his aerial gymnastics for the Nitro Circus, which is coming to Whangarei in January.PHOTO/FILE

The tickets go on sale tomorrow but judging by the public response so far, January's Nitro Circus performance in Whangarei will bring thousands to the city.

Nitro Circus will be in Whangarei for the first time for a performance at Toll Stadium on January 29 - the Sunday of the Northland/Auckland Anniversary Weekend holiday.

Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow, but the public interest so far has organisers expecting the event to be "massive" for the district. Within a day of putting the announcement of the visit on its Facebook page the post reached more than 34,000 people with the vast majority of those also commenting on the post expressing a desire to attend.

Rachel O'Gorman from Venues and Events Whangarei, which is hosting the event, said Nitro Circus should bring a good crowd to the city from Northland and Auckland, given it is a holiday weekend.

"We are extremely excited to have secured Nitro Circus for Whangarei for the first time ever as part of the New Zealand 2017 tour.

This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for extreme sports enthusiasts from across Northland to come along and enjoy some of the best motocross, BMX, skateboarding and crazy stunts in their own backyard," Ms O'Gorman said.

"Being held in the middle of Northland and Auckland Anniversary Weekend, there should be a good crowd from across the region and from Auckland so it will be great for the local economy."

She said Venues and Events was continuously working to attract new events to the district for residents and visitors to enjoy and it was great to have the support from council and the Northland Events Centre Trust to do so.

"This is going to be massive so get your tickets and don't miss out," Ms O'Gorman said.

Two of New Zealand's own are leading the Nitro Circus charge, riding on home soil for the first time since making global headlines. Jed "The Warrior" Mildon shook the action sports landscape in May 2015 with his unbelievable quadruple BMX backflip - the first ever landed in BMX.

Three-time X Games medallist Levi Sherwood, from Palmerston North, will also feature.

In addition to death-defying feats and jaw-dropping, world-first attempts, the Whangarei audience can also look forward to seeing a host of new contraptions take flight off Nitro Circus Live's all-new 40-foot Giganta Ramp. Everything from trikes and tall bikes to a kayak and a whiskey barrel will go airborne but safe landings are far from guaranteed, the organisers said.

"New Zealand is without a doubt one of our favorite places to tour. We are so pumped to be back," said Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and creative director.

"Action sports are such a major part of the local Kiwi culture. Everywhere we go fans are totally dialled in and just go mad for the show, which amps up the riders and inspires them to push their limits even farther."

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at www.nitrocircus.live

- Northern Advocate

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