Tahuna Breaks are retiring as a band but will play one final show in May

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Tahuna Breaks

After 12 long years, Tahuna Breaks are calling it quits. 

The Auckland band, which has a cast of anywhere from six to 10 musicians, has been a staple in the New Zealand music scene, honing their sound to include everything from soul and roots, to funk and electronica. 

They have a catalogue boasting four studio albums and a live DVD, and have become regulars at many major festivals including Big Day Out, Rhythm and Vines/Alps, Splore, WOMAD, and Homegrown. 

Overseas, they've appeared at festivals in Australia, South Korea, Europe and the UK - including one of the biggest music festivals in the world: Glastonbury.

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But now, it's time to hang up their hats.

In a statement, the band said they have decided to retire "after having the privilege of writing and performing our music to an amazing audience for the last 12 years".

But they're not going out without a bang; they will play their final show ever this May at The Studio in Auckland. 

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"Our experiences during this time together have far exceeded our expectations, and we feel that time has come for the band to acknowledge its natural conclusion, giving us the opportunity to focus on our individual lives and ambitions," they said. 

"We would like to extend much thanks and gratitude to all those that have supported and shared this journey with us, and are excited about celebrating with one final performance." 
 
Tahuna Breaks will perform two sets on the night including an intimate acoustic set at the start, followed by the full ten-piece band and guests. 

They will be at The Studio on K' Road in Auckland on May 14. Tickets are available from Non Stop Tix. 

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