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The Chills Announce 10-Date Nationwide Tour

The Chills Announce 10-Date Nationwide Tour

Tuesday 7th March, 2017 9:00AM

Dunedin pop icons The Chills have announced a 'vigourous and far-reaching' tour to take them around the country during April and May with support from songsmith Anthonie Tonnon. The extensive jaunt from the Flying Nun mainstays follows on from their recent appearances at Primavera Festival, Spain, and sold-out New York City and London shows which came in the wake of their latest record Silver Bullets. Released late 2015, the 11-track offering was the band's first full-length album in nearly two decades and was met with critical acclaim from around the globe. Now comes your chance to catch them performing music from the record, no doubt peppered with favourites from their catalogue stretching back into the early 80s. Here are the details...

UnderTheRadar Proudly Presents...

The Chills
with Anthonie Tonnon

Wednesday 26th April, San Fran, Wellington
Thursday 27th April, St. Peter's Hall, Paekakariki
Friday 28th April, The Cabana, Napier
Saturday 29th April, The Royal Wanganui Opera House, Whanganui
Thursday 4th May, Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Friday 5th May, The Scottish Hall, Invercargill
Saturday 6th May, The Sherwood, Queenstown (no Anthonie Tonnon)
Thursday 11th May, Totara St, Mount Maunganui
Friday 12th May, The Raglan Club, Raglan
Saturday 13th May, The King's Arms, Auckland

Tickets for most shows available HERE at UTR, see below for ticketing details for Whanganui and Invercargill

Here's the video for 'When The Poor Can Reach The Moon' from The Chills' latest album Silver Bullets...

Here is 'Heavenly Pop Hit' from their 1990 record Submarine Bells...

Of course we can't forget their first hit, 1982's 'Pink Frost'...

And here is Anthonie Tonnon with the gorgeous clip for 'Water Underground'...


Banished Music, Radio Hauraki and Under The Radar presents
Vigourous and Far-reaching New Zealand Tour, April/ May 2017
with special guest Anthonie Tonnon*

Out on the tar sealed and gravelly roads this April and May, legendary Dunedin pop group The Chills have announced their embarkation on a vigourous and far-reaching New Zealand tour. Stopping in major musical centres Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as key outreaches such as Whanganui, Paekakariki, Queenstown, Napier, Raglan, Mount Maunganui, and including a performance in Invercargill as part of the Southland Arts Festival.

Fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps, The Chills were originally formed in 1980 and had a revolving cast of band members with Phillipps remaining the only constant. His knack for writing fantastic pop songs led to chart hits back home and a cult following around the world. With early releases via the legendary NZ label Flying Nun, The Chills produced a number of critically acclaimed recordings such as the single “Pink Frost” (their first hit) from the compilation album Kaleidoscope World and “Wet Blanket” from the LP Brave Words.

At the height of their success John Peel invited them in for a number of BBC sessions (1985/1987/1988) which were released for the first time late last year. They released the album Submarine Bells in 1990, where their single, “Heavenly Pop Hit” garnered much international praise and press. The band returned to NZ as national heroes and proceeded to release several more albums including Soft Bomb and Sunburnt.

With a few years hiatus due to health problems, Martin picked up The Chills again in ’99 and throughout the 00’s playing shows around the world and reaching a wider audience and gaining a cult following.

The energy of their live performances is the central reason why The Chills are remembered fondly in all thirty-nine of the countries that they have thus far visited. It’s the combination of this and the consistent quality of their songs which have established The Chills as one of the most well-known New Zealand groups to date - particularly in the US,UK and Europe.

The highly anticipated new album (the first in almost 20 years) ‘Silver Bullets’ was released on 30th October 2015 on Fire Records to critical applause, and in June 2016 the band went on to play Primavera Festival, Spain and sold out New York City and London shows. Soon after, their jangling, iconic masterpiece 'Kaleidoscope World' was re-released with additional tracks on Flying Nun on double gatefold vinyl to universal critical acclaim.

The Chills are: Martin Phillipps (Guitar/Vox), James Dickson (Bass/Backing Vocals), Todd Knudson (Drums/Backing Vocals), Erica Scally (Guitar/Keyboards/Violin/Backing Vocals) and Oli Wilson (Keyboards/Backing Vocals).

Banished Music, Radio Hauraki and Under The Radar present
The Chills Vigorous and Far-reaching New Zealand tour
With support from Anthonie Tonnon*

Tickets From
Anthonie Tonnon plays all shows except Queenstown
For Whanganui show tickets from
For Invercargill show tickets from


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The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Wed 26th Apr 8:00pm
San Fran, Wellington
The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Thu 27th Apr 7:30pm
St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki
The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Fri 28th Apr 8:00pm
The Cabana, Napier
The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Thu 4th May 8:00pm
Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch
The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Sat 6th May 8:00pm
Sherwood, Queenstown
The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Thu 11th May 8:00pm
Totara St., Tauranga
The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Fri 12th May 8:30pm
The Raglan Club, Raglan
The Chills - New Zealand Tour 2017
Sat 13th May 8:30pm
Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland