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Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood, Purple Pilgrims NZ Tour Announced

Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood, Purple Pilgrims NZ Tour Announced

A.K. / Wednesday 6th November, 2019 10:48AM

Aldous Harding has been announced for a three date Aotearoa tour with US folk favourite Weyes Blood and other-worldly local duo Purple Pilgrims. The trio hit Pōneke for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Tāmaki Makaurau as part of the Auckland Arts Festival and wrap up the tour in Ōtautahi at the Christchurch Town Hall. All three of these celebrated, talented acts have released highly lauded albums this year, amongst extensive international touring, making for an incomparable triple bill of mesmerising vocal and multi-instrumental artistry...

Aldous Harding w/ Weyes Blood & Purple Pilgrims
Friday 13th March - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington (New Zealand Festival)
Saturday 14th March - Auckland Town Hall, Auckland (Auckland Arts Festival)
Sunday 15th March - James Hay Theatre, Christchurch [new venue]

Presales available from Friday 8th November

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Press Release:

Celebrated New Zealand singer-songwriter and force of nature ALDOUS HARDING returns home for a unique and special handful of NZ shows this March. Joined by two of the most compelling artists of the indie world today, WEYES BLOOD and PURPLE PILGRIMS, this is a triple billing not to be missed.

An artist of rare calibre, Harding has become well-known for her expressive tales, carried by delicately rendered musical arrangements that mystify audiences; trapping them in her web. Her critically acclaimed album Designer was released in April on Flying Nun Records (NZ). With its arrival came a mighty ripple, felt throughout the world of popular culture.

Q Magazine graced the album with ★★★★★, deeming the album as “both fascinating and frightening, highly eccentric and blisteringly beautiful” while The Guardian agreed, calling it a “captivating and indecipherable” work. For Designer, Harding has been nominated for four NZ Music Awards including Best Solo Artist, Best Alternative Artist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

American psychedelic-folk artist Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) has captured the attention of critics worldwide for her entrancing Sub Pop Records debut, Titanic Rising released in April 2019. Mering classifies Titanic Rising as the Kinks meet WWII or Bob Seger meets Enya. Listen closely enough, and you’ll also hear the jazz of Hoagy Carmichael mingle with the artful mysticism of Alejandro Jodorowsky and the monomyth of scholar Joseph Campbell.

Pitchfork marked the album Best New Music on release, while NPR praised Mering’s songwriting as “steeped in the magic stuff of fantasies and daydreams.” This will be Mering’s maiden trip to New Zealand, so do not miss the opportunity to see one of the most talked about artists in the indie music world today.

Enchanting sister duo Purple Pilgrims (Clementine and Valentine Nixon) and Flying Nun labelmates will bring their mesmerizing dreamscapes of celestial pop, folk and atmospheric jazz to what is a truly special lineup and celebration in the name of ‘songwriting’. Perfumed Earth, their sophomore album and Flying Nun debut, shimmers with veiled, kaleidoscopic textures, arriving at a sound that is both spacious and sensual, swooning and spellbound.

In August of this year, Harding’s Designer album tour produced 3 sold-out shows, which included a packed out audience at Auckland’s Powerstation. Don’t miss out on this supremely special opportunity to see Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood and Purple Pilgrims together in concert, for a rare celebration of songwriting power.


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