Cate Le Bon Announces Auckland Show For October

Cate Le Bon Announces Auckland Show For October

Thursday 25th August, 2016 8:46AM

California-based Welsh-born songstress Cate Le Bon will be making her debut appearance on New Zealand soil in October. The psych-folk artist will be coming with a full band in tow to deliver songs from her recently released album Crab Day, which she describes as being "lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude". Here are the details...

UnderTheRadar Proudly Presents...
Saturday 1st October, The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Tickets available from Ticketmaster see below for more details

Here is the video for 'Love Is Not Love' from Cate's latest album 'Crab Day'...



Vector Arena and Under The Radar are proud to welcome Welsh songsmith Cate Le Bon for her first-ever New Zealand show at The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork on Saturday 1 October.

Le Bon’s fourth studio album Crab Day, released in April 2016 to wide acclaim, is her most accomplished offering to date. Described as the “queen of Welsh psych-folk” by MOJO, Le Bon has combined her unique forces to produce the album with Welsh compatriots H. Hawkline (ex-partner Huw Evans), Sweet Baboo (Stephen Black) and Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint drummer), arguably the world’s best moniker-ed band line-up.

Recorded in Panoramic House, a hilltop mansion in the coastal town of Stinson Beach, California, Crab Day is described by Pitchfork as a “chaotic cubist cabaret”, belying its classy coastal beginnings. “…nothing feels quite as it should be; the sound is as precisely off-kilter as touch-typing while gazing out of the window, then looking at the screen to find you've been one key to the left all along.”

Since the 2008 release of her Welsh language EP debut Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg ("Looking in the Eyes of a Borrowed Horse”), Le Bon’s output remains as eclectic as her album themes, she once thought to name an album Pet Deaths referencing the inevitable demise of her animals and the current Crab Day takes its title from her niece’s quirky replacement of “April Fool’s Day” with “Crab Day”, a day for drawing crustaceans.

She’s now at the centre of LA’s hippest music circles having relocated from Cardiff in 2013. A keen collaborator, she has worked with Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Perfume Genius, and her 2015 release Hermits On Holiday, recorded as one half of buzzsaw guitar duo Drinks, is a grubby, lo-fi collusion with another brilliant artistic pseudonym, White Fence (aka Tim Presley).

For one night only experience the psychedelic surrealist sounds of a true Welsh treasure as Cate performs with her formidable band (Daniel Ward, Stephen Black and John Thomas) at The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork.

And no, Cate Le Bon is not Simon Le Bon’s Welsh love child.

MyTicketmaster pre-sale: 29 Aug 12pm. General release: 31 Aug, 9am

Tickets in advance $37.80 +booking fees


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Sat 1st Oct
The Tuning Fork, Auckland