Titanium gets true heartthrob welcome in Rotorua

By Kristin Macfarlane


Rotorua's Civic Theatre

Monday, October 1

You know you've hit the big time as a performer when girls throw their underwear on stage - and that's the exact response members of Titanium were given in Rotorua.

With underwear on stage and a crowd packed with screaming girls, New Zealand boy band Titanium received a welcome fit for true heart throbs when they performed in the city.





Titanium, consisting of band members TK, Haydn, Zac, Jordi, Shaq and Andrew, is the country's first boy band which was formed as part of a nationwide search through The Edge radio station.

Their debut single Come on Home reached number one on the official New Zealand single chart and has gone Gold.

The band is currently on a 15-date nationwide tour and last night, performed in Rotorua to an enthusiastic crowd of screaming girls, friends, family and fans.

Everything you'd expect with a boyband was there. The girls, the catchy tunes, the choreographed group dance moves, the finger pointing at the ladies, the big smiles and the crooning were all in full force. You could tell the boys loved what they were doing and were appreciative of their new career.

Not only did the boys have an enthusiastic crowd singing and dancing along to their music, they were met with loads of screaming girls and two pairs of underwear thrown on stage - one pair at the feet of Whakatane's Zac and the other landing on Shaq's chest.

They performed covers - including their popular rendition of Jason Mraz' I Won't Give Up - and they also gave fans a taste of what was yet to come with their original material, my favourite being Nothing But Love.

During the concert there was a lot of screaming, jumping around, camera flashes, hands waving and a lot of arms in the faces of the two security officers standing in front of the stage as girls tried to reach out to the boys.

While the crowd admired all band members it was Rotorua's Jordi Webber who was an obvious crowd favourite with plenty of friends and family in the audience.

One of the sweetest moments of their set was catching the Rotorua teen singing to his family - staring up into the stalls where they had hung a banner.

During Titanium's performance the boys invited one of their female fans on stage where they sang to her and presented her with some flowers - and judging by the response, many of the females in the crowd wanted to be in her place.

The whole concert was awesome.

Titanium's set was the final of the concert and followed performances from Rotorua's Alayna Powley, young hip hoppers Mixt Frequencies, rapper Tyson Tyler and R&B star J Williams. DJCXL performed throughout the show while Mark Arona from Illegal Musik kept the crowd amped throughout the event.

Although I was probably the oldest person there without a child, I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the show. I was smiling ear-to-ear because of the performers and the enthusiasm of the crowd - everyone enjoyed themselves.

Powley gave an impressive performance with songs by Alicia Keys and Frank Ocean, Mixt Frequencies and their rap skills were too cute for words and Tyler proved why he's a hip hop heavyweight. Williams also had the girls going crazy with his crowd interaction and dance moves - giving us an idea of why his arms were so toned too.

The concert was up-beat, positive and packed with enjoyable music.

Apart from the performers, one of my highlights of the show was seeing how everyone enjoyed themselves, especially a group of young men behind me, they were dancing, singing and having fun.

The young screaming teenaged girls also reminded me of my own concert experiences as an underaged teenager. With all the fans in the crowd, it seems pretty clear that Titanium are headed for a fruitful music career.



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