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Julia Deans Announces 'We Light Fire' Nationwide Tour

Julia Deans Announces 'We Light Fire' Nationwide Tour

Monday 11th June, 2018 8:00AM

Acclaimed songwriter Julia Deans (Fur Patrol, The Adults) unveiled her long-awaited second solo album We Light Fire last month and is celebrating with a nine-date tour of Aotearoa kicking off in August - her first headline tour with full band in seven years. The new record is an eclectic journey through lushly orchestrated sunny pop, introspective balladry and more, we recently caught up with Deans for an in-depth chat about that collection you can read here. The multi-talented Auckland-based artist just wrapped up a sold out run of shows playing alongside Marlon Williams. Deans aims to use her upcoming tour as a means to provide a platform for women in the music industry, all support artists will be "locally appointed with a focus on female, female identifying gender non-binary fronted bands or solo artists."  Deans shared a statement about the tour...

“Throughout my career I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”


UPDATE:
Unfortunately the Hamilton and Leigh shows have been rescheduled due to illness, here are the new details.

UPDATE 29/08/18: Due to circumstances beyond the artist's control the Hamilton show has been cancelled. Here are the updated tour details...

Julia Deans 'We Light Fire' Album Release Tour 

Friday 10th August - Gisborne, Dome Bar w/ Kaaterama*
Saturday 11th August - Wellington, San Fran w/ Emily Fairlight*
Wednesday 22nd August - Christchurch, Blue Smoke w/ Emily C. Browning*
Thursday 23rd August - Dunedin, 50 Gorrillas w/ Rachel Bailey*
Friday 24th August - Queenstown, Sherwood w/ Connor Moore*
Friday 31st August - Tauranga, Totara Street w/ Leilani*
Saturday 1st September - Auckland, Tuning Fork w/ Lexxa
Sunday 2nd September - Hamilton, The Meteor w/ Mrs Dlite - Cancelled
Friday 19th October - Leigh, Leigh Sawmill w/ Erin Cole-Baker* 

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Watch the superbly animated clip by Greg Page for 'The Panic' from We Light Fire...


Here's the title track to Deans' Taite-nomintated 2010 album Modern Fables...


Press release:

Julia Deans is proud to announce a special nationwide tour in celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘We Light Fire’.

Inspired by world events, friends, and family, We Light Fire is an album that examines both what it means to be human, and our spectrum of strength and vulnerability.

This is a singer/songwriter at the height of their craft. ★★★★ 1/2 Sunday Star Times

Yep, she can sing, and when she soars it’s a spine-tingling thing because it’s all real. ★★★★ Metro

Julia Deans boasts one of the best falsettos in New Zealand. Her razor-sharp voice is intoxicating from the moment it chimes in. ★★★★ NZ Herald

Following her recent support slots on Marlon Williams’ sold out nationwide tour, this will be the first time audiences around New Zealand will see Julia perform her own headline tour with a full band in over seven years.

But it will be a tour like no other.

The music industry worldwide has recently come into the spotlight over its long term issues regarding gender disparity. The disturbing figures show a lack of female representation in all areas of the industry, but especially in the live arena. The percentage of women artists and female fronted bands in festival line ups, or as support artists on tours, are minimal.

A light has been shone on the gender disparity conversation and it has inspired Julia to utilise her We Light Fire tour as a platform to create opportunities for females in New Zealand, and so all of the support artists on her tour will be locally appointed with a focus on female, female identifying gender non-binary fronted bands or solo artists.

The team behind the tour are also predominantly women – booking agent, promoter, publicist, and the majority of Julia’s band and touring crew.

Of the We Light Fire tour Julia says “Throughout my career I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”

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Fri 31st Aug
Totara St., Tauranga
Sat 1st Sep
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Sun 2nd Sep
Meteor Theatre, Hamilton
Fri 19th Oct
Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh





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