Phil Collins at Mission concert: Let it rain down!

Phil Collins rocks The Mission last night. Photo / Paul Taylor
Phil Collins rocks The Mission last night. Photo / Paul Taylor

Thousands defied the drizzle on Wednesday night to hear international superstar Phil Collins belt it out at the Mission in Hawke’s Bay.

Poncho-clad punters came from all over the North Island, some regular visitors of the concert, but others making the trip especially to hear Collins.

Rachel Henderson and Chris Burrows said they had come up from Wellington, although were mainly there to support their partners, who were the Collins fans in the group.

“We’re probably the worst people to ask,” Henderson joked.

In true Wellington fashion, they said they preferred the rain to if the weather had been like it was on Tuesday, hot and sunny.

“It’s fantastic, it was meant to be.”

She said she was most looking forward to hearing I wish it would rain down on me.

Experienced Mission Concert goers Rosie and Allan Gilbert, who were up from Manawatū, said usually they were front of the line, running in the gates to get a good spot. However, now they felt they were a bit old for such shenanigans.

They were excited to see Collins perform live for a second time.

“We saw him 32 years ago in Auckland,” Rosie Gilbert said.