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Best Bets Announce 'On An Unhistoric Night' Summer Tour

Best Bets Announce 'On An Unhistoric Night' Summer Tour

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 4th October, 2022 1:00PM

Rangiora good times bringers Best Bets have announced a five date / seven gig summer tour celebrating their "(almost) chart topping" debut album On An Unhistoric Night, which we were stoked to premiere here back in April. Launched by Ōtautahi Christchurch's Melted Ice Cream who've had a heck of great run this year (including records by Ben Woods, Jim Nothing, Big Scout, Violet French and CRUSH) and in the US / EU / UK by Meritorio Records, we enthused on release that Best Bets inaugural studio long player hoarded "all the catchiest power pop hooks together like some kind of musical Scrooge McDuck." 

Squeezing three shows into one day for the Tāmaki Makaurau leg of their tour, including a performance at Titirangi's new Daddy Long Legs record store (not to be confused with visiting US blues-rockers of the same name), the hard-gigging gang of Olly Crawford-Ellis, James Harding, Matt Phimmavanh and Joe Sampson will be joined on their journey by fellow travellers The Situations, Big Scout, Hög and RATSO (members of The D4, The Cavemen and the Psycho Daisies). They declare "Every show will be a guaranteed winner" — grip the full details right here...

Best Bets - On An Unhistoric Night Tour

Friday 2nd December – Framingham, Waiharakeke / Blenheim with Big Scout, The Situations
Saturday 3rd December – Barrytown Settlers Hall, Paparoa / Barrytown with The Situations, Big Scout
Thursday 8th December – Darkroom, Ōtautahi / Christchurch with Hög
Friday 9th December - Yot Club, Whāingaroa / Raglan with The Situations, RATSO
Saturday 10th December – Daddy Long Legs Titirangi in-store, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland with Daddy Long Legs
Saturday 10th December – Flying Out Pitt St in-store, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
Saturday 10th December – The Wine Cellar, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland with RATSO

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch Best Bets' video for 'The Point' and tuck into their debut album On An Unhistoric Night...

Press release:

It’s time to cut loose! 2020 is slowly coming to an end and it has now suddenly become December 2022. The Queen is out and the King is in the house. Winter is finally gone and gigs are back in town. The merciless scythe of history continues to swing.

To celebrate the release of their critically acclaimed, (almost) chart topping record ON AN UNHISTORIC NIGHT (out through Melted Ice Cream and Meritorio Records) Rangiora’s BEST BETS are finally hitting the road.

The band are bringing their classic power pop hooks and full action live show to you, in towns big and small. Te Waipounamu and Te-Ika-A-Māui are both covered, so there’s no excuse for not coming to witness the pendulum swing back to the raucous sweaty pop roots of garage rock. Best Bets will be hitting up historic hot spots such as the Barrytown Settler’s Hall and even performing side shows in-store at Flying Out and Daddy Long Legs records (both in Tāmaki Makaurau, both on the same day!).

Sharing the stage along the way are Papakura party pompers The Situations, Blenheim super studs Big Scout, Titirangi chaos merchants Ratso, and Ōtautahi’s mighty Hög. Every show will be a guaranteed winner.

Tickets are available from Under The Radar, records are available from Melted Ice Cream, the rest is up to you.


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Best Bets - On An Unhistoric Night Tour w/ The Situations & Big Scout
Fri 2nd Dec 8:00pm
Framingham Winery, Blenheim
Best Bets - On An Unhistoric Night Tour w/ Big Scout & The Situations
Sat 3rd Dec 8:00pm
Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
Best Bets - On An Unhistoric Night Tour w/ Hög
Thu 8th Dec 8:00pm
darkroom, Christchurch
Best Bets - On An Unhistoric Night Tour w/ The Situations & RATSO
Fri 9th Dec 8:00pm
The Yot Club, Raglan
Best Bets - On An Unhistoric Night Tour w/ RATSO
Sat 10th Dec 8:00pm
The Wine Cellar, Auckland