Three hours in Auckland was enough time for Ricky Malcolm and Cameron Betts to win 99 U2 concert tickets and meet American hip-hop star Jay-Z.
“We were standing there and Jay-Z walked past, so we said `hey bro’ and he said `hey guys’,” Ricky said.
Yesterday morning the New Plymouth pair were greeted at Auckland airport by the Cambell Live crew, who filmed them being taken to Mt Smart Stadium to see the concert set-up and their reaction to winning the national competition.
“We were sitting there waiting for the other two finalists to arrive and they said we better announce the winner and it was us,” Ricky said.
“Our faces just lit up and we were screaming.”
And after the prize of 99 tickets was handed out the boys got a surprise win of 10 inner circle tickets, which allow them to get even closer to the stage – and possibly another close encounter with their new mate Jay-Z, who will open for U2’s concerts tomorrow and Friday.
Ricky and Cameron were part of a five-strong New Plymouth group who recreated the U2 video Elevation for the Cambell Live contest and plan to divvy up the tickets among themselves.
But they also want to give away 10 double passes.
If you want to win one of the double passes you need to be one of the first 10 people, dressed as Bono, to meet the group on Puke Ariki Landing in New Plymouth at 5.30pm today.
The group encouraged people of all ages to dress up and race down to the landing, but warned you must be decked out in the lead singer’s rock costume.
“We want them really dressed up.
“They have to show us they are a hard core fan,” Cameron said.