The Black Seeds keen to connect

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 08:04 04/02/2013
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AMPED: The Black Seeds’ vocalist-percussionist Daniel Weetman, far right, is looking forward to playing at the Shotover Sunshine Festival, along with other top Kiwi talent next Saturday.

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The Black Seeds, who were named by Rolling Stone magazine as "the best reggae band in the world right now", are keen to reinforce that opinion at Queenstown's Shotover Sunshine Festival next Saturday.

Vocalist-percussionist Daniel Weetman said the praise from the global music magazine was the result of years of hard graft, both in the studio and on the road. It also meant they had to bring their best performance to every gig but that was something every member of the seven-man band brought to any live set.

"Thanks to Rolling Stone that tag is out there, but we've always tried to bring our ‘A game' to every gig we play, and have just put together some old and new tracks for what we all hope will be a really special performance in Queenstown," he said.

"We've never played the festival before, but have heard great things about it from all the bands that have, and are really excited to have the chance to put on a great show with some other killer bands and acts."

While the band have toured the world, they are not so familiar with the southern reaches of their home country, and are looking forward to playing before a crowd they hope includes punters from all over Southland and Otago.

"We've played Wanaka in the past, and more recently in 2011, which is always a great gig location. There must be something in the alpine water that makes people go absolutely nuts at our gigs, and we're amped to play a big festival where there will be people from all over the southern region who might not have seen us before."

While the band play out the summer in New Zealand, they will then head to Europe and criss-cross South America after enjoying playing before the party-hard crowds of the Kiwi summer.

THE SHOTOVER SUNSHINE FESTIVAL

WHAT: The second instalment of a Waitangi Weekend music festival of New Zealand music, which happens every two years. The festival is helmed by well-known Queenstown DJ Simon "Downtown Brown" Hendl. Kora headlines along with acts including The Black Seeds, Tiki Taane, Ladi 6, A Hori Buzz, Sola Rosa, MC Tali, The Upbeats and Invercargill's Rhythmonyx.

WHERE: On a private compound near the banks of the Shotover River, below Coronet Peak, on Littles Rd, Queenstown.

WHEN: February 9, noon to 1am. Earlybird and first release tickets have sold out, but final release tickets are on sale from shotoversunshinefestival.co.nz

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