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Pop sensation Mitch James adds extra all-ages gig to SOLD OUT New Zealand tour

Chart-topping pop sensation Mitch James has added an extra date to his upcoming SOLD OUT Bright Blue Skies NZ Tour, which kicks off in Nelson with back-to-back shows at the Theatre Royal on June 27 and June 28 and wraps up at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre in Christchurch on July 18.
 
Tickets to all of the Kiwi singer-songwriter’s shows on the Bright Blue Skies Tourwere snapped up within a matter of weeks, with only a handful left for the Dunedinshow at the Town Hall on July 9. To cater to the overwhelming demand, James will now play a second show for all ages in Wellington at the Hunter Lounge on July 14.
 
Get remaining tickets here.
See below for full list of shows and venues.
 
Kiwi four-piece indie pop-rockers Mako Road will open for James, who is playing a string of shows - including a sold out gig in London - in late May. He will also make an appearance at this year’s Ohakune Mardi Gras on June 22.
 
Mitch James’ self-titled gold-certified debut album has dominated the charts and amassed more than 80 million streams on Spotify, since its release last year. The record contains four Gold certified singles, including current single ‘Bright Blue Skies’, ‘Old News’, ‘All The Ways To Say Goodbye’ and '21.
 

Hilltop Hoods - NZ 2019 Tour

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HILLTOP HOODS have today announced the ‘THE GREAT EXPANSE WORLD TOUR’ 2019, which will see the band play in 14 countries across the globe. The New Zealand leg has HILLTOP HOODS returning to play four headline shows this July.
 
Having supported Eminem at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium at a New Zealand record-breaking concert in March, Hilltop Hoods will return for shows in Auckland, Wellington, Queensland and Christchurch.
 
Presale tickets for the New Zealand leg of ‘The Great Expanse World Tour’ will be available via Spark from 10am Wednesday 15 May, before the general public on sale at 10am Friday 17 May from Ticketek.

The 2019 tour will celebrate the release of Hilltop Hoods eighth studio album ‘THE GREAT EXPANSE’, which broke yet another milestone in their home country of Australia debuting #1 on the ARIA Album chart. This brings the band’s total #1 Albums to an incredible 6, which is an ARIA record for the most #1 albums by an Australian band. The record also became the fifth consecutive album by the trio to debut #1 on the ARIA Album Chart and delivered a string of hits including ‘Clark Griswold’ Feat. Adrian Eagle, ‘Leave Me Lonely’ and the latest single ‘Exit Sign’, featuring Ecca Vandal, which also boasts a guest appearance from the Hoods close friend and ally, Illy.
 
Fresh from the stages of ‘Groovin The Moo’ in Australia where the band road tested the new album alongside classic Hilltop Hoods, fans were treated to a blistering high-energy-leave-no-prisoners performance that saw the band cement their place even further in our psyche as one of Australia’s most loved live acts. Expect all that and more with the 2019 world tour where crowds will be swept up in a set of fan favourites in what promises to be, yet another stand out Hilltop Hoods live experience.
 
Joining Hilltop Hoods for the New Zealand dates is the well regarded and respected DJ, Jordan Lee.

Hermitude - Every Day Remixes

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Hermitude today reveal a tasty posse of remixes for their single ‘Every Day’ feat. Hoodlem. New flavours from around the world offer brand new dimensions to the pop swaying bop, giving you a reason to turn it up and cut shapes with renewed vigour. 

New Jersey-based producer Com Truise drops his signature, bass-heavy self-described ‘slow-motion funk’, Mexico City’s Mexican Institute of Sound lays down a reggaeton beat, Brisbane-based Odd Mobtake us deep into the club, Maryland native Shistoshows off futuristic beats, dontloveme flexes his EDM grandiose skills, and Slow Magic explores dualities of tension and release. 
 
‘Every Day (feat. Hoodlem)” is the second installment from Australian duo Hermitude, following the epic drop of ‘Stupid World’ feat. Bibi Bourelly. 

With its pop sensibilities and slick production, the single has landed on 15+ New Music Friday Spotify playlists across the globe, in addition to Top 10 placement on Apple Music’s Electronic Chart.

We really wanted a diverse range of remixes for ‘Every Day’. Having such a wide range of producer styles means there's a little something for everyone and allows more people to connect with the track. All the remixes are fire and bring a unique touch that we love!”

The much loved duo have announced two exciting festival shows in the US this year already, with a show in NYC on June 22, as part of Indie Con 2019, and a spot on the incredible Life Is Beautiful festival line-up in Las Vegas (September 20-22) alongside artists like Chance The RapperPost MaloneJanelle Monae and Vampire Weekend
 
With plenty of new music to drop this year and further worldwide plans to share, 2019 is just getting started for Hermitude.

Dope Lemon - New Music + Tour Announce

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Set to take the stage at Splendour in the Grass this July, Dope Lemon, the moniker of Angus Stone, today reveals his latest single, ‘Hey You’. The track will feature on his second studio album SMOOTH BIG CAT available Friday July 12 via BMG Australia. His first headline shows since 2016, Dope Lemon will prowl onto the public stage with the mystical creature of leisure this August in a cloud of mischief and romance. 


Smokey as hell and steeped in swagger, new single ‘Hey You’, is a glowing invitation to enhance your moment. Directed by Byron Bay award-winning cinematographer Stefan Jose, the visual accompaniment offers a beguiling insight into the life of the Smooth Big Cat and his foxiest furry friends.  

Recorded over three months at Belafonte, the studio on his ranch, SMOOTH BIG CAT is Dope Lemon squeezed to pure juice, distilled to a nectar fit for the gods, sweet on everyone’s lips. It is Angus’ real world - blue moon music, songs for when the eve is about to turn into something special. A record for wild hearted escapades and fuzzy, melty moments laying back on the rug. 

It’s been two years since HOUNDS TOOTH, the last Dope Lemon EP, and a full three since HONEY BONES, Angus’ instant-classic debut, which amassed over 100 million streams. The release saw Dope Lemon become not just a melting curio of artistic experimentation, but a fully-fledged cultural phenomenon.

Dope Lemon will perform this August across Australia before heading to Auckland for a show at The Powerstation on Thursday August 22. This will be followed by a 16-date UK and European tour. 

Who is the Smooth Big Cat?
A mystical creature of leisure, the Smooth Big Cat likes to stay up late drinking whiskey with his rascally mates listening to records. He doesn’t have stakes in the troubles of the world, and his life is guided by the mood of the breeze & what’s there in front of him. When you’re feeling lost or a shade of blue, you can look to the Smooth Big Cat, and he’ll point you down the road you want to travel. Just as in his uncertain times, Angus looks to the Smooth Big Cat for guidance in the cheeky world he walks in. The Smooth Big Cat in Angus’ mind is the chairman of the board if you fancy. 

Harry Parsons Releases Video For Latest Single, ‘Scars’

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Auckland singer-songwriter Harry Parsons has today revealed the video for his new single, ‘Scars’.


The video has this morning premiered online with Radio New Zealand. Watch the video HERE
 
‘Scars’ is a heartfelt song, which blends thoughtful lyricism with lush melodies. The song is currently getting radio play across networks The Hits and More fm, as well as regional radio across the country.
 
Parsons says the self-penned song reflects on love throughs the highs and lows. And the video - directed by Yonoko Li and produced by Jonathan Zsofi - holds up a mirror to the relatable plight of the dysfunctional relationship.
 
“A young couple meet at a bar and remember their past, the good times and the bad times,” says Parsons.
 
“Is there a future for them together? It’s all about striving to fix a damaged relationship.”
 
Parsons recorded ‘Scars’ at Auckland’s legendary Roundhead Studios, owned and run by Kiwi music royalty Neil Finn, working with the studio’s award-winning in-house engineer Simon Gooding.
 
Gooding was recognised for his work at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Artisan Awards winning ‘Best Engineer’ and ‘Best Producer’ alongside Shihad’s Tom Larkin for their combined effort on Alien Weaponry’s album Tū. 
 
Gooding also added his golden touch to the latest Pink single ‘Walk Me Home’, which he mixed.
 
Parsons has been carving out a name for himself in the New Zealand music scene since coming first place in the national finals of the 2013 Smokefree Rockquest. He’s gone on to release a string of winning singles, including ‘Letting Go’, which debuted on Spotify’s New Music Friday UK.
 
He’s also a live force to be reckoned with, playing countless festivals and opening for acts like Tash Sultana and Lime Cordiale.
 

Listen to ‘Scars’ here - ITUNES  / SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC