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Experimental Brooklyn four-piece Aa (Big A little a) have announced three NZ shows in February in Wanganui, Wellington and Auckland. P.O.D. and Rapture Ruckus will be playing shows in Auckland and Wellington in April. The 2012 Grammy nominations have been announced and Kanye West leads the pack with seven nominations followed by Adele who is up for six awards. Alt dream sensation Bon Iver has four nods.
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Tiny Ruins will be opening for Fleet Foxes in their Wellington and Auckland shows.
Mayer Hawthorne has announced two New Zealand shows early next year. The Detroit soul-man crooner is no stranger to the country having headlined Splore earlier this year, and now he’s back to try (and very possibly succeed in) stealing your girlfriend from you. Wellington’s San Fran Bath House and the Powerstation in Auckland will host the gigs in late February. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.
Following the word that the Odd Future crew would not be playing at next year’s Big Day Out, a side show has been announced so now you can quit the bitching. OFWGKTA will be just one of the performances headlining the Big Night In on Thursday 19 January at Auckland’s Powerstation. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster and are heavily discounted for those who already have a Big Day Out ticket.
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Grammy Award winning yesteryear prog-rockers YES have announced one New Zealand show. The ‘60s – ‘70s heydayers will perform their first ever local show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Sunday 01 April. Having had 15 or so revolving members in the line-up, the band’s current roster includes Benoît David, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
New Jersey natives Real Estate have announced they will be heading to New Zealand for the first time next year. The latest cool kids on the block have been making small but noticeable waves with their two albums Days, released this year, and their self-titled release back in 2009. The trio will play two shows in March, first at Auckland’s Kings Arms followed by a gig down in Wellington at the San Fran Bath House. Tickets are on sale now from Real Groovy, Slow Boat or Under The Radar.
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Local legends The Datsuns have announced a summer tour with support from The Checks and The Transistors. The four-date tour will see them hit Waihi, Auckland, Mangawhai and Wellington before heading down south to Lake Wanaka for the Rippon Festival in early February. Tickets are available from Real Groovy, Slow Boat or Under The Radar.
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Opossum and Sharpie Crows have been announced to support Deerhoof in Auckland while The Eversons will be opening for them in Wellington.
Grammy award winner Patti Austin has been announced to play the 50th National Jazz Festival along with Earth Wind & Fire and Keb Mo.
One Florence + The Machine show has been announced for next year. The fiery-haired alt-pop sensation will play one show in Auckland at Vector Arena as she finishes up her Australasian tour in May next year. Yeah, it’s a while away. But you should have some money saved up after the relentless gigging and festivalising you’ll be doing through to March, right? Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.
29/12 Dobbyn Again
Dave Dobbyn has announced eight shows over the New Year period kicking off in Whitianga and winding up in Opononi. The regional tour will be supported by Midnight Youth & Dukes as Dobbyn takes his Greatest Hits Summer Tour around the usual summer hotspots. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster or the venues themselves.
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British rap star and collab extraordinaire Roots Manuva has announced his return to New Zealand next year. The artist less commonly known as Rodney Smith will be celebrating the release (if a couple of months late) of his latest album 4everrevolution. His three date tour will see him play in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
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16/12 Beast Friends Forever
Beastwars have announced a oneoff free show down in Christchurch for later this month. The country’s biggest breakthrough band this year will be playing a free show at Dux Live on Friday 16 December with support from UCSA Battle of the Bands winners The Laon as well as Lupus Lunar, The Doyleys and Hayne. Tickets aren’t needed – it’s a free show, dummy.