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El Hula feat. Blair Jollands (Solo) New Zealand Shows Announced

El Hula feat. Blair Jollands (Solo) New Zealand Shows Announced

Chris Cudby / Thursday 1st February, 2024 10:10AM

An artist whose credentials include work with global megastars Madonna, Rhianna and Grace Jones, London-based Aotearoa songwriter Blair Jollands is bringing his El Hula project back to his homeland for a whirlwind tour of the upper North Island. El Hula's 2001 debut album Hotel (featuring Nathan Haines amongst others) caught the ear of Boy George — who described Jolland's music as "the illegitimate child of Scott Walker and Jim Morrison with a bit of Desi Arnez and a shot of tequila" — leading to multiple releases via the UK artist's More Protein imprint. The multi-instrumentalist's recent work includes soundtracks / sound design on Shackleton, Netflix series Bodies and Fortitude (starring Michael Gambon). Head along and give Jollands a warm welcome back at the following dates, touring not only El Hula's new Hide No More EP but also his 2021 solo album Holograms....

El Hula feat. Blair Jollands (solo)

Thursday 4th April - Wunderbar, Christchurch*
Sunday 7th April - House Concert, Christchurch 
Wednesday 10th April - The Wine Cellar, Auckland*
Saturday 13th April - Kumeu Live, Kumeu
Sunday 14th April - The Tahi Bar, Warkworth*
Thursday 18th April - Paisley Stage, Napier*
Friday 19th April - The Yard Cafe & Venue, Raglan
Tuesday 23rd April - Cambridge Town Hall

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to El Hula's 2023 Hide No More EP...

Press release:

Blair Jollands is an Emmy & Bafta nominated sound designer and singer songwriter. He will be touring Europe & NZ this March / April promoting his latest EP Hide No More (El Hula) and his LP Holograms. Having won the admiration of both David Bowie & Boy George (who released Blair’s previous material under the name El Hula on his More Protein label), Jollands’ music communicates a paradoxical mix of melancholia and optimism that is hard to resist. Holograms is an album big on melody & mystery with a hint of Morricone. Often compared vocally to Lana Del Rey, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright & Scott Walker, Jollands has received much praise from the likes of NME, Guardian Uncut, Artrocker, and more. Known for his soundtracks & sound design on the Emmy & Golden Globe nominated Shackleton, Netflix’s series Bodies plus his Bafta nominated Sky Atlantic series Fortitude staring Michael Gambon, the artist Blair Jollands releases his critically acclaimed album Holograms via MARS Worldwide Label Group. Originally from Grey Lynn, Aucklan, Jollands is currently based in London, UK.

Jollands has worked with Madonna and Rhianna, Jammed with Grace Jones and James 'Sparks' Sinclair (Johnny Cash), and collaborated with Gordon Raphael (The Strokes).


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El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo)
Thu 4th Apr 7:00pm
Wunderbar, Christchurch
El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo) House Concert
Sun 7th Apr 4:30pm
Secret Venue, Christchurch
El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo)
Wed 10th Apr 8:00pm
The Wine Cellar, Auckland
El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo) - Cancelled
Sat 13th Apr 8:00pm
Kumeu Live (at Kumeu Arts), Kumeu
El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo)
Sun 14th Apr 4:00pm
The Tahi Bar, Warkworth
El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo)
Thu 18th Apr 8:00pm
Paisley Stage, Napier
El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo)
Fri 19th Apr 8:00pm
The Yard Cafe & Venue, Raglan
El Hula Feat. Blair Jollands (solo)
Tue 23rd Apr 7:00pm
Cambridge Town Hall, Cambridge