Drax Project announce summer holiday tour

Drax Project, Anna Robinson (Robinson), Alien Weaponry, and Chris Mac (Six60) spoke to Stuff at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Wellington jazz-pop band Drax Project has announced a summer roadie tour, to welcome in the new year.

Starting in Riwaka near Nelson, the band would headline five concerts at some holiday hot spots around the country, before playing support at Six60's Wellington and Hamilton shows.

Made up of Wellington Jazz school mates, bassist Sam Thomson, saxophonist Shaan Singh, drummer Matt Beachen, and guitarist Ben O'Leary, the band has cultivated a strong following since their debut as buskers just a few years ago.

Drax Project opened for Ed Sheran last year, when the British pop star performed concerts at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. 

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The band has also headlined music festivals, including Rhythm and Vines and Homegrown, despite having just one album under their belt.

This year they released their first full album, self-titled and featuring well known hits such as Woke Up Late and the Six60 collaboration Catching Feelings.

Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.
Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

They also featured on the album Waiata / Anthems, singing their breakthrough single Woke Up Late in te reo Māori.

This summer, Drax Project announced five headline shows. After playing at Cooks Reserve in Riwaka on December 28, the band would head north to the Coroglen Tavern in Whitianga. From there, they had shows Te Ika a Māui. They would also play in Oakura, and at Soper Reserve in Mt Maunganui. The tour would finish with all ages show at the Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North, on January 10.

If you can't make it to one of these holiday hot spot shows, the band was also set to play in Wellington and Christchurch later in summer. Drax Project and Six60 would play in Lower Hutt on January 25, and in Hamilton at Mystery Creek on February 8.


Saturday, December 28 - Cooks Reserve, Riwaka (R18)
Sunday, December 29 - Coroglen Tavern, Whitianga (R18)
Friday, January 3 - Butlers Reef, Oakura (R18)
Sunday, January 5 - Soper Reserve, Mt Maunganui (R18) 
Friday, January 10 - Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North (all ages, licensed)