Six60 headed for Europe

EUROPE-BOUND: Six60 have signed with Berlin based label Columbia Four Music.
EUROPE-BOUND: Six60 have signed with Berlin based label Columbia Four Music.

Six60 have signed a new record deal and are moving to Europe.

Signed to German-based Sony label Columbia Four Music, the Kiwi group will relocate to the continent in May to support the release of their self-titled debut album.

The move comes on the back of a successful year which saw the band notch up five hit singles, quadruple platinum album sales and six New Zealand Music Awards.

Volker Mietke, director of artists and repertoire for Four Music, described the group as a ''one of a kind''.

''Six60 is a one of a kind band with a remarkable sound and a unique frontman and singer. This is how a rock band should sound in 2013. The band fills a blank on our artist roster and we are proud to give Six60 a new home in Europe.''

Frontman Matiu Walters said he and the band were excited about working on a new album and building on their European fan-base.

Next month the band returns to the United States for the SxSW Festival in Austin, Texas, a worldwide showcase which this year features The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend and Thurston Moore.

The band will then perform in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week and perform sideshows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

But before heading off to Europe the group will perform their ''last shows in Australasia'' for a while, road testing new songs as well as playing crowd favourites.

Six 60 tour dates:

April 5, St James Theatre, Wellington
April 6, Municipal Theatre, Napier
April 12, Powerstation, Auckland
April 13, Founders Theatre, Hamilton
April 19, The Foundry, Christchurch 
April 20, Union Hall, Dunedin

Tickets go on sale today.