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Ocean Alley Announce New Zealand Tour w/ Hockey Dad

Ocean Alley Announce New Zealand Tour w/ Hockey Dad

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: The Sauce / Monday 21st June, 2021 6:55PM

The post-lockdown renaissance era of international superstars touring Aotearoa continues to gain momentum, with today's announcement Australian surf-psych heroes Ocean Alley are heading back our way for four September headline dates, joined by wave-loving fellow countrymen Hockey Dad. Earning themselves a devoted local following through back-to-back sold out shows at the Powerstation, festival appearances at Rhythm & Vines, Rhythm & Alps and of course supports slots for none other than Six60 at Western Springs Stadium and Forsyth Barr Stadium, you can bet Ocean Alley are thinking big for their spring tour. The hugely popular New South Wales group are all set to fill town halls in Christchurch and Dunedin, Wellington's cavernous Michael Fowler Centre and Auckland's Spark Arena. These events will be a perfectly timed ray of sunshine following our long dark winter months, we recommend you move at light speed to secure your spot for Ocean Alley's biggest NZ tour yet, at last celebrating the release of their 2020 album Lonely Diamond — details below...

"It’s been a couple years since our last headline shows in New Zealand and so we’re super exited to be heading back across the ditch to play some huge shows in both the North and South Island. We are stoked to tour a new show with songs from all of our records as well as a new light show and live experience and we hope you can join us at some of New Zealand’s best live music venues.” – Mitch Galbraith, Ocean Alley

With special guests Hockey Dad

Wednesday 22nd September - Town Hall, Dunedin
Thursday 23rd September - Town Hall, Christchurch*
Saturday 25th September - Spark Arena, Auckland
Sunday 26th September - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Tickets available via
 *Tickets available via

Ocean Alley fan club pre-sale
Runs 24 hours from: Wednesday 23rd June 12pm NZST
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

Ticketer member pre-sale
Runs 24 hours from: Thursday 24th June 12pm NZDT
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

Fan first Spotify pre-sale
Runs from: Friday 25th June 12pm NZST – Monday 28 June 11:59am NZST
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

Experience the animated vid for 'Hot Chicken' from Ocean Alley's 2020 album Lonely Diamond...

Check out the cartoony clip for Hockey Dad's fuzzy 'Good Eye'...

Press release:

Eccles Entertainment are stoked to announce Aussie surf-psych legends Ocean Alley will make their long-awaited return to New Zealand this September. Touring in celebration of their 2020 album Lonely Diamond which debuted at #6 on the NZ Top 40 Album Chart, Ocean Alley will play their biggest headline run of New Zealand, featuring the most elaborate production Kiwi fans have seen.

Beginning at Dunedin’s Town Hall, followed by Town Hall in Christchurch then hitting Auckland’s Spark Arena for their biggest New Zealand headline show yet, the tour will wrap up at Michael Fowler Centre in the capital. This will be local fans first chance to experience Ocean Alley’s ARIA-nominated third album Lonely Diamond in the flesh.

Needing little introduction to Kiwi audiences, Ocean Alley have quietly been building their passionate Kiwi fanbase. With little airplay to date in New Zealand, their previous headline tours have sold out well in advance, including two consecutive nights at Auckland’s renowned Powerstation in 2019. Ocean Alley have played some of New Zealand’s biggest festivals including Rhythm & Vines, Rhythm & Alps and Soundsplash, and in 2020 they played main support on the SIX60 Saturdays tour at both Western Springs Stadium and Forsyth Barr Stadium.

With multiple New Zealand Gold and Platinum certifications in the trophy cabinet, Ocean Alley have spent the past decade creating a unique lane for themselves as a proudly independent band; their vision and sound guided solely by their instinct and passion. This immense DIY momentum shows no signs of slowing down yet.

2020 saw the band debut at #6 on the NZ Top 40 Album Chart with their critically acclaimed third album Lonely Diamond, garnering four-star reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and NME. It follows the success of 2018’s breakthrough Chiaroscuro which saw the six-piece propelled into international prominence with their NZ platinum-certified single ‘Confidence’ that took out #1 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018.

Joining Ocean Alley on all dates are Australian garage rock royalty Hockey Dad. Growing up as best friends on the NSW South Coast, the duo made up of Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming have carved a name for themselves on both sides of the Tasman thanks to their high-risk party jams. Their most recent album Brain Candy (2020) debuted at #2 on the ARIA Chart and saw the boys take their high energy show on the road for a colossal 22-date tour of Australia. New Zealand audiences can expect a spirited set from Windang’s finest sons.

Despite sold out international tours and major festival appearances including Reading & Leeds (UK), Splendour In The Grass (AUS) and Sziget (HU) under their belt, plus more than 400 million catalogue streams worldwide, Ocean Alley are still constantly pushing their own boundaries and defying expectations of what their music can be. Don’t miss out on seeing Ocean Alley on their biggest New Zealand tour yet this September!


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