Brewery concert lineup named
Wellington band Fat Freddy’s Drop will be the headline act for the Classic Hits Winery Tour coming to the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka next year.
Joining the seven-piece band on the tour, returning to Manawatu after a one year absence, will be Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith, who all recently played in Palmerston North during this month’s Acoustic Church Tour.
The Adults, a band that includes Jon Toogood (Shihad), Julia Deans (Fur Patrol) and Shayne Carter (Straightjacket Fits, Dimmer), will also perform.
Manawatu was cut from the tour lineup this year, with organisers blaming the lack of a vineyard in Palmerston North.
But it will return to the Mangatainoka-based brewery on February 10 – a move that has excited co-promoter Campbell Smith.
‘‘It’s a thrill and an honour to bring this iconic tour to such a famous venue,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s our first visit, we are sure it wont be our last, we just hope we can remember it in the morning.’’
Fat Freddy’s Drop, described as a mixture of dub, reggae, soul and R&B, emerged from the Wellington underground scene in 1999, and has this year released its third studio album.
Band member Chris Faiumu, aka DJ Fitchie, said playing outside of the main centres was an opportunity the group would not be taking lightly.
‘‘The venues that we are playing are an amazing environment to hear our music. And this year’s lineup is fantastic – edgy and dynamic. It’s a great way to kick off the year.’’
The Winery Tour features 17 shows in 16 venues in February and March.
Tickets go on sale from November 5. There will be buses from Palmerston North to Mangatainoka, which can be bought from Tranzit.