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Jed Parsons and Gareth Thomas

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His first time back since his debut Auckland show at Auckland City Limits Festival, Jed Parsons brings his band back up for an intimate show at Wine Cellar, joining forces with Gareth Thomas's band.

He’s a familiar face and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who has loaned his talents to many a band over the years. Now Jed Parsons is taking centre stage.

With his debut solo album on the horizon, the Christchurch-based artist has just revealed a taste of what’s to come, with his debut single ‘Get Lost’.

A blend of dreamy melodies, infectious hooks and clever songwriting, ‘Get Lost’ is the perfect introduction to Parsons’ unique concoction of indie-pop; a culmination of his rich and varied background as a touring musician, which has taken him around the world and into the studio with various projects including nomad, Pacific Heights, Mel Parsons, Odyssey and Allergic To Love.

Parsons, 25, is a consummate live performer, who has played in bands at countless festivals around the world and headlined tours. As a solo artist, his music balances eccentricity and energy with intimacy and musical sensitivity, maintaining a focus on catchy hooks and lyrical prowess. His songwriting is sculpted from his observations and analysis of a world he enjoys.

Growing up amongst his cyber-obsessed generation and a once earthquake-flattened city and culture, Parsons is able to shine a light on the silly, strange and interesting aspects of average life, in a society that seems happy to lock them away in its subconscious. He turns relatable topics of love, growing up, loss into musical magic.

A few words from Gareth Thomas:

I’m an indie musician from New Zealand. A multi- instrumentalist, singer, producer, collaborator and songwriter.

My best party trick is popping my shoulder blade out,

I also have hyper extensive knees.

The third song I wrote became a number one hit, so I decided that I should probably keep writing music.

That song was named after a girl in my drama class called “Sophie”. It topped the charts in 2002 and since then Sophie has become most popular girls name in New Zealand, though maybe it’s just coincidence.

I loved my first band Goodshirt. We would always record and make things from home. Goodshirt has since split, but I still record and make things from home.

I also have recorded with these guys; Fazerdaze, Steve Abel, The Grand Rapids, Andrew Keoghan, Bic Runga, Goldenhorse, Dave Yetton and Sarah Brown.

I’ve won awards and stuff. I’ve also toured with some famous people, but I think the best thing about being a musician is when you’re making things.

I will keep making music, it is my addiction, it is my chocolate.

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