Tuesday, March 1, 2022


The Nelson Pride Ball Cancelled. Photo supplied

While most Pride events across the country have been cancelled like many other events, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, so too has Nelson Pride Inc., had to cancel their second Pride Ball and special guest Pop Singer JACK PANTHER.

Nelson Pride announced before the 19 February “that in light of the Omicron cases detected in the Nelson region, and the Government’s decision to go to Red, we have made the heart-breaking decision to cancel The Love is Love Ball (The Pride Ball).”


As many event organisers have decided, it is simply unsafe to run a large-scale event in this environment with so many uncertainties.

"Since this event had already been postponed in September 2021, and in line with decisions made by other organisations like Auckland Pride, we believe the most appropriate course of action is to cancel.”

Many of the ticket holders were disappointed but are looking forward to the next possible Pride Ball.

Nelson Pride are looking forward to the smaller scale in-person and virtual events they will be holding as part of the 2022 Pride Festival in April.

Nelson Pride said “thank you so much for the support the community have offered us and recognise the excitement you all shared with us about hosting the Ball.”

Nourish Catering were booked in to provide the Pride Ball participants with snacks, canapés, and charcuterie. Also locked in to provide Chante's signature "Jarcuterie" to cover the covid-conscious requirements too.

"Jarcuterie" Photo supplied

"Jarcuterie," means pretty much exactly what it sounds like: all the delicious trappings of a charcuterie board packed into a jar of some sort. Really, the trend is just about creating an individual serving size, no matter how you present it in these Covid19 times.

Not only did the Pride crowd miss out on individual "Jarcuterie"at the Pride Ball but they missed out on the queer emerging artist developed in the Wellington scene and based in Auckland, Jack Panther.

Nelson Pride were so pleased that they could support Jack but it wasn’t to be. Perhaps in the future they will be able to entice him to Nelson.

Jack Panther who is already turning heads in the music industry uses his craft to blend tones of melancholy with pop.

Jack Panther - New Zealand's revered and promising 

creator of queer pop. Photo supplied

With his experimentation in poetry and self-taught piano, his poetry evolved into rhythms, hooks and then fully fleshed songs. Artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Lykke Li and Sky Ferriera have deeply fuelled Jack. He prides himself in his mixture of noir, candid, cool pop that flows through his melodies and rhythms.

At the age of 24, Panther has developed through mentoring by industry greats, Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Stuart Hawkes (Ed Sheeran, Lorde) and Ian Barter.

2020 was a mammoth year for Jack, releasing 4 singles and his debut solo EP, ‘this dream i had’ a collaboration alongside UK based producer, Ian Barter, who has worked in developing artists including Amy Winehouse, FKA Twigs and Paloma Faith.

His latest single ‘Blue Boy’ features a queer, aesthetic music video shot by visionary director Veronica Crockford-Pound (Vogue, i-D) featuring models Rob Tennent, Roxie Mohebbi and Panther himself.What seemed like a difficult situation Panther turned the 2020 pandemic into an opportunity. Teaming up with director Charlotte Evans (BENEE, Aldous Harding), they created an introspective music video to his debut single ‘This Dream’, shot by cinematographers from around the world, showcasing common themes of isolation.

Spanish Magazine NEO2, describes Jack as “new idol of queer pop”. 

Jack’s catalogue of performances include multiple venues around Wellington, Radio Stations ZM, The Hits and RadioactiveFM, and has been working towards his next set at the Michael Fowler centre for Wellington’s Pride Festival 2022 which now has been postpone as well. 

We hope that 2022 will see an even bigger year for Panther, already planning his next moves with a NZ tour and a more confident, heavier sound. We would like to see him in Nelson.

Thanks to

Nelson Pride Inc.

Jack Panther

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