Billie Eilish Was Welcomed To NZ By A Moving Māori Cover Of ‘When The Party’s Over’
You need to watch this.
More or less running off the Coachella main stage and onto a plane, Billie Eilish has arrived in New Zealand ahead of her antipodean tour — and she was greeted at Auckland airport by Hātea Kapa Haka.
The 10+ person group stopped Eilish in her tracks with a Pōwhiri — a welcoming performance — before moving into a Waiata (song) by humming the opening bars of the pop wunderkind’s ballad ‘When The Party’s Over’ from debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which Cub Sport recently covered for Like A Version.
Eilish’s jaw drops, and yours might too — she’s a little confused at first as to what exactly is happening, but it’s clear she’s moved by it, especially when the group moves into a te reo/Māori rendition of the song’s chorus.
It’s an incredibly sweet moment, and you can watch it below.
In additional to a national tour, Eilish is playing Groovin The Moo beginning this weekend.