Tina Whyte is among the hundreds of North Otago people – and plenty of accommodation providers – who will be tickled pink this weekend.
She will join an expected sell-out crowd at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow night to watch superstar entertainer Pink in concert.
The versatile singer begins the New Zealand leg of her Beautiful Trauma world tour with a Dunedin show that precedes six shows in Auckland.
For Mrs Whyte, one of the biggest Pink fans in Oamaru, it has been an exciting countdown since the day she heard the news the American star was on her way to the South Island.
When tickets went on sale last October, it was a struggle trying to get them because thousands of others were lining up online.
The concert website slowed to a crawl, and Mrs Whyte actually missed out when she first tried to buy tickets.
“It said, ‘Sorry. you don’t have tickets’, and I was gutted,” she said.
Her luck turned when she managed to get tickets later that day.
After the transaction, Mrs Whyte said it was hard to believe she had tickets to see her favourite performer.
“I actually didn’t know if it was real,” she said.
“I knew I had gone through the right website, but I had been reading for weeks that the sale period was specific, and I thought, ‘oh my god, have I just bought fake tickets?”‘
Mrs Whyte, who will attend the show with two friends, first started listening to Pink when she was in her early teens.
“I do really like her older stuff a bit more than her newer stuff,” she said.
“I guess it’s the memories that come along with that older stuff as well.”
To prepare for the concert, Mrs Whyte made an album based on what Pink has been playing on her world tour.
“I kind of made myself a wee Spotify album of her world tour set list, and I’ve been listening to that to and from work.”
Oamaru accommodation providers have also experienced a surge in bookings this weekend, similar to that seen when Ed Sheeran played a series of concerts in Dunedin in late March and early April.
Oamaru Motor Lodge owner Colin Jakeway said his motel was booked out.
“We are certainly booked for the weekend. Saturday is full. The way Ed fell, the Thursday night and the rest of the weekend was full.”
A Highfield Mews staff member said the motel was at capacity but had three cancellations yesterday, probably as a result of accommodation becoming available in Dunedin.
While the Colonial Motor Lodge was not fully booked, a manager said most of those booked for the weekend were heading to Dunedin for the concert.
The number of bookings this weekend was “about the same” as it was for Ed Sheeran, he said.