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Thursday, 23 May 2019 11:08 pm

Relaxed rock show atmosphere down to kids

Louie at ACDC

THUNDERSTRUCK: Louie at AC/DC.

“SWEET as!” is how father of rock loving tot Louie Nixon describes the atmosphere for kids at last night’s AC/DC show.

Carter Nixon, 35, has no safety concerns about taking his five-year-old to see AC/DC or other big rock shows, because people seem “genuinely stoked” to see kids enjoying the music.

“Some of the biggest, toughest guys there were giving us the thumbs up, just excited to see the kids getting into it,” he says.

The Nixon family was accompanied to the show by one of Louie’s kindergarten friends, Hamish Smith, who is also five, and his parents Andrew and Sharon.

Carter says while there were lots of 10 to 12-year-olds at the sold-out show, they saw only a couple of other children as young as Louie and his friend.

“It was a pretty big night for him [Louie]. He was very, very happy when they played Hell’s Bells,” says Carter.

Westpac Stadium spokesperson Steven Thompson says the wide range of ages at the show helped create the relaxed, joyful atmosphere.

“The bands that can pull those kinds of crowds have been going for 30 or 40 years.  Therefore, you tend to get multiple generations of fans going to the shows.

“That kind of longevity cuts across generations,” he says.

Mr Thompson says any band that can sell 50, 000 tickets in the lower North Island alone has to have that wide an appeal.

And Louie’s review?

“Angus Young is my favourite character from AC/DC.”

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