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Amanda Palmer Announces New Zealand Summer Headline Shows

Amanda Palmer Announces New Zealand Summer Headline Shows

Samantha Cheong / Friday 17th November, 2023 10:02AM

Amanda Palmer is returning early next year to enchant our shores after unexpectedly spending over two years in Aotearoa during the pandemic. The US songwriter and co-founder of The Dresden Dolls will be back performing numbers from her forthcoming New Zealand Survival Songs EP (crowdfunded by 10,000 loyal patrons). Palmer found herself stuck in down under at the backend of a world tour a few years ago, but eventually adjusted to motherhood and the landscapes of Waiheke Island and Havelock North.

Soon, Palmer will share with us her experience healing and existing in the midst of social changes, new surroundings and political climates through her music. Locals should look out especially for forthcoming tunes like the mournful ‘Whakenewha’ and the ponderous ‘Little Island’. She will also rummage into her old Dresden Dolls bag of tricks, plus fetch us unreleased tracks from the duo’s upcoming solo piano album — their first record in fifteen years. Palmer is taking over Queenstown, Pōneke and Tāmaki Makaurau from 21st January, brought to you by Banished Music and Strange News Touring. Grab tickets below and listen to the first single from the new EP 'Little Island', a duet with local star Julia Deans

"It is still shocking to me that I wound up living in Aoteroa New Zealand - unexpectedly - for over two years of my life, and that my young child was raised in a foreign country while Covid raged around the planet. I came to New Zealand at the end of a world tour and was supposed to be in the country for four show dates and eight days total. I wound up living within the borders for two and half years. Sometimes I wake up in New York and find myself short of breath and cannot believe that this all happened. I wanted to come back for a short tour - not only because I'm homesick for my Kiwi friends, but because I'd like to share the music - the handful of songs - that emerged from this unbelievably strange period of my life… I'm so looking forward to catching up with my hometown down under. I've missed everybody.”

Amanda Palmer Comes Down For a Quick Catch-up: Old Songs, New Songs, New Zealand Survival Songs Tour

Sunday 21st January - Sherwood, Queenstown
Wednesday 24th January - Q Theatre, Auckland
Saturday 27th January - Old St Pauls, Wellington

Tickets on sale HERE 

Experience Amanda Palmer's video for 'Voicemail For Jill' from 2019's There Will Be No Intermission...

Check out Palmer's protest cover and collaboration with our own Reb Fountain

Hit play on the wistful imagery, piano and gentle voice of Amanda Palmer in The Dresden Dolls' track 'I'm Going To Go Back There Someday'...

Press Release:

Singer/Songwriter Amanda Palmer, who spent over two years waylaid in Aotearoa (New Zealand) with her young son during the pandemic, returns to the Antipodes for a very special and intimate run of shows in Australia and NZ. Palmer has lovingly collected the material she wrote and recorded during her accidental Kiwi pandemic period into a EP titled "New Zealand Survival Songs”, which was funded by the 10,000 patrons who support her unusual, fully-crowdfunded career as a touring songwriter and recording artist. She plans to have a good old catch-up, tell the stories behind the songs, yarn about her time in lockdown, and play a selection of old Dresden Dolls and solo favourites. She'll also be sharing a selection of brand-new unreleased works from The Dresden Dolls forthcoming album - their first in fifteen years, release date TBD - arranged for solo piano, in anticipation of the Dolls' return to the southern hemisphere.


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