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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to New Zealand

Last updated 05:00 07/11/2013
Fairfax Australia

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis speak of their hopes for their pro-equality single Same Love.

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Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will return to New Zealand for two shows in March.

MC Ben Haggerty (Macklemore) and producer Ryan Lewis emerged in 2012 with a DIY ethic on their break-through song Thrift Shop.

Its hilarious clip saw the duo propel to the top of charts across the globe, smashing into the mainstream. The success of Thrift Shop was followed up with singles Same Love and Can't Hold Us  (the latter's seven-minute video was shot in New Zealand during their February 2013 visit) which also made it to the top of the charts.

Currently on tour in the US, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis landed six nominations for the American Music Awards, and five for MTV's Europe Music Awards.

Thanks to Thrift Shop they've already won gongs from the Billboard Music Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, and more.

Last month Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also stood up for LGBT youth and anti-bullying, as proud ambassadors for the GLAAD Spirit Day.

A year on from the release of their album The Heist and Macklemore still can't believe it.

"We scrutinised every kick drum. Every snare. Every bar," he blogged in October of the record's creation.

"And now here I am ... I have you guys to thank. You've made this year what it is, and I will never be able to find the words to properly articulate my gratitude. I can only give you everything I have in me, night after night."

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be joined in NZ by special guest Tinie Tempah

WHAT: Macklemore &Ryan Lewis

WHEN: March 12, Wellington, TSB Arena
            March 13, Auckland, Vector Arena

Tickets go on sale on November 18.          

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