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Mermaidens Announce 'Soft Energy' Tour Of Aotearoa

Mermaidens Announce 'Soft Energy' Tour Of Aotearoa

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Frances Carter / Friday 5th February, 2021 9:17AM

The Merms are firing on all cylinders in 2021, rolling out two chocka North Island Mermgrown Festivals and now their very own country-wide Mermaidens tour across February, March and April. If you've been living under a rock, you may have missed the news of the trio's first steps towards world domination, with their own festivals debuting across two cities, and the Pōneke show already selling out. Once they've sung their psych-pop siren songs on home turf at the end of this month, the Taite-nominated team of Gussie Larkin, Lily West and Abe Hollingsworth might as well rename March to... Mermch. Find them painting the town pastel and paisley in Palmerston North, Ōtautahi, Dunedin, Oamaru, Tāmaki Makaurau and Napier, in celebration of their soon to be released single 'Soft Energy', and be sure to pledge your allegiance to our future commanders of Earth while you're there...

UPDATE 2/03/21: Mermaidens' Palmerston North gig this Friday at The Stomach has been cancelled due to alert level restrictions. Refunds will be processed automatically back to ticket holders — please note it can take up to 7 working days to appear in their account.

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Mermaidens 'Soft Energy' Tour

Saturday 20th February - Mermgrown Festival, Wellington [sold out]
Friday 5th March - The Stomach, Palmerston North [cancelled]
Thursday 11th March - Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Friday 12th March - Dive, Dunedin, Dive
Saturday 13th March - Settler Theatre, Oamaru
Saturday 20th March - Mermgrown Festival, Auckland*
Saturday 3rd April - Napier, Paisley Stage

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR
Mermgrown Auckland tickets available HERE via UTR*

Have a look at these beautiful bastards performing one of the tracks from their latest album Look Me in the Eye...

Press release:

Beloved Pōneke trio Mermaidens have today announced a nationwide tour in support of their soon-to-be-released single, ‘Soft Energy’.

Gussie Larkin, Lily West and Abe Hollingsworth have spent their summer in the studio, hard at work, road-testing an assortment of new material that they’re itching to share with fans from sunny Tāmaki Makaurau right down to mighty Ōtepoti (playing six dates in total).

Think more glitter, think more pop, think Mermaidens like you’ve never seen them before…

”The three of us have spent the past couple of months making a racket both in our practice space and in a recording studio. We weren’t exactly expecting it but, these noises turned into songs! And now we get to play them live to the best people in the world,” says Gussie.

”We’re also looking forward to hitting up all the op shops, eating southern cheese rolls and trying to be as tourist-y as a rock tour allows.”

Two of the six dates will see the band play their own festival – Mermgrown – which is being held in both Tāmaki and Pōneke. Having been postponed in 2020 due to unfolding pandemic, the excitement for these long-awaited fests is real! (Wellington is very close to selling out).

Gussie says those who have their tickets locked down should get set to be “IMPRESSED!”.

”Both Pōneke and Tāmaki fests are chocka with amazing New Zealand bands that we love.”

”Mermgrown in Tāmaki will be more of a late-night affair, with three stages across Whammy, Wine Cellar and Backroom. We’re very excited for the return of Kane Strang, because we are HUGE fans and we’ll be singing all the words. The music will go deep into the night, with some hot DJ’s for the doof doof fiends. We’ll see you on the d floor,” she adds.

School-aged Merm fans will also rejoice over the news that the show in Palmerston North will be all ages.

As for the upcoming single – it was recorded at The Surgery, produced by Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation), and will absolutely leave you wanting to rock out to it live and in the flesh.

Tickets for both Mermgrown and the Soft Energy tour are on-sale now via Undertheradar.


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Mermaidens 'Soft Energy' Tour
Thu 11th Mar 8:00pm
Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Mermaidens 'Soft Energy' Tour
Fri 12th Mar 8:00pm
Dive, Dunedin
Mermaidens 'Soft Energy' Tour
Sat 13th Mar 8:00pm
Settler Theatre, Oamaru
Mermgrown - Auckland
Sat 20th Mar 8:00pm
Whammy Bar & Wine Cellar, Auckland
Mermaidens 'Soft Energy' Tour
Sat 3rd Apr 8:00pm
Paisley Stage, Napier