Mt Smart Supertop Auctioned, No Tears


What is arguably Auckland’s worst ever music venue is being auctioned tomorrow morning and I’d be surprised if anyone gets nostalgic abut it.

Turners Auctions is selling the dreadful tent known as the Mt Smart Supertop and known appropriately as The Boiler Room at the Big Day Out.

Supertop |Turners

The tent, 130 metres long, 57 metres wide and 15 metres tall at its highest point, could hold 13,000 for music events.

It’s being sold without reserve, although the auction place is talking of it having a replacement value of at least a million dollars.

The Supertop’s current owner, Ray Channon, is selling the tent as his land hire agreement with the Auckland Regional Council has ended. He’s also selling equipment used for it like lighting, sound equipment, stage equipment, the largest aerial lift in the southern hemisphere, a 60 ft telescopic hydraulic tower and a transportable concert stage with a 20 tonne carrying capacity roof.

The auction catalogue says it has 5-7 years’ life left in it. One can only hope the tent itself isn’t going to be bought by another promoter who wants to stick musical acts in it.

Supertop | Turners

In the days before the Vector Arena, it was a place for numerous international acts, including Pearl Jam, Guns ‘n Roses, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Cure, UB40, Meatloaf, Cliff Richard, Oasis and Neil Young.

Thank goodness, Auckland has now got something at least one venue better than the Top for such acts.





  1. Cam says:

    God it was awful i saw Pearl Jam there in 95 or around that time it was so unbearable i had to spend a portion of time outside with my head under a tap.

  2. Jeremy Harris says:

    George FM will be shedding a tear tomorrow…

  3. Ingolfson says:

    Jon C is branching out into general news reporting. In a few months, he will get a scoop on New Zealand’s next Watergate-level scandal and forget all about transport ;-)

  4. joust says:

    it went for just $10 !!!


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