a ha First New Zealand Tour Ever with Very Special Guest Rick Astley
+ a Day on the Green Returns to New Zealand March 2020
• a-ha will tour Australia & New Zealand next February & March with very special guest Rick Astley!
• They will perform in Auckland in what will be the return of a day on the green to New Zealand, alongside an
indoor show in Christchurch
• Touring in celebration of the 35th anniversary of debut album Hunting High And Low this will be the band's first ever visit to New Zealand
• They will be performing their seminal debut album in full, including the unforgettable ‘Take On Me’
, ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’
, ‘Train Of Thought’
and the title track, ‘Hunting High And Low’
Frontier Touring and Roundhouse Entertainment are excited to announce pop icons a-hawill tour New Zealand next March.
This is the band’s first ever visit to the country and will also mark the return of a day on the green to New Zealand.
They’ll be joined by very special guest Rick Astley at both New Zealand shows. New Zealand’s own guitar pop heroes The
Beths will also join the lineup in Auckland
Since January 2008 a day on the green has presented concerts in New Zealand by Crowded House, Joe Cocker, Simply Red,
The B-52s, The Proclaimers, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall and Tom Jones, establishing itself as a major
concert brand across the country. Since launching in Australia in 2001, a day on the green has become one of Australia’s
most popular and premier outdoor concert events. After 470 shows and more than 3.5 million happy patrons, the a day on
the green experience of good food, fine wine and great music in magnificent locations remains unrivalled.
Now a day on the green is excited to present a-ha! The Norwegian trio who dominated pop charts worldwide during the
’80s, are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their hugely influential debut album Hunting High And Low and will be performing the album in full as well as other favourites from across their career. Selling more than 11
million copies worldwide, it includes the unforgettable 'Take On Me
' which peaked at number seven on the New Zealand charts – remaining in the chart for 18 weeks – as well as follow-up
hits 'The Sun Always Shines On TV
', 'Train Of Thought
' and the title track 'Hunting High And Low
a-ha – singer Morten Harket, keyboardist Mags Furuholmen and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy – have sold more than 55
million albums and remain one of the UK and Europe's most loved pop bands, regularly playing stadiums and festivals.
However, they have not ventured to Australian shores since 1986 and not surprisingly they are also excited about making
their long-awaited debut in New Zealand
“We have so many great memories of our Australian tour of 1986 and look forward to making new ones. And we can’t wait to
play in New Zealand for the first time – we’ll be comparing your fjords with our Norwegian ones!” - Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
Joining a-ha to make this one poptastic event not to be missed is another superstar who dominated the ’80s, Rick Astley
– also making his debut in New Zealand.
With a treasure trove laden with shimmering pop hits, a-ha and Rick Astley are set to thrill fans with shows in
Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on Thursday March 5 and a day on the green on Saturday March 7 at Villa Maria,
a-ha have also scored global hits with the James Bond theme 'The Living Daylights' as well as 'Cry Wolf', 'I've Been
Losing You 'and the 2005 Max Martin-collaboration 'Analogue', while their most recent release was an MTV Unplugged
collection in 2017 featuring collaborations with Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch and Alison Moyet. NME recently declared Hunting High And Low as “one of the albums that have stood the test of time and still sounds great today”
‘Joyful comeback! When a-ha roll out their whoppers the atmosphere goes through the roof.’ - The Guardian
'The spine-tingling moment when we hear Morten's haunting high notes… ‘Hunting High And Low’ takes this surreal
atmosphere up a notch and, as the audience sing along, it's an almost spiritual experience.’ - Manchester Evening News
‘Screams of instant recognition greeted the insistent drumming and hard-to-resist keyboards of ‘Take On Me’. With Harket
hitting that high note like it’s 1985, it was worth the wait.’ - Jerusalem Post
‘[Hunting High And Low is] one of the albums that have stood the test of time and still sounds great today.’ - NME
Still so unique decades on, the music video for a-ha’s ‘Take On Me’
won six MTV Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, was nominated for Grammy and American Music Awards and is approaching
one billion views on YouTube. The song has been covered by artists as diverse as Metallica, Madonna, Tori Amos, and most
recently, Weezer, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on The Tonight Show
High-profile admirers like U2’s Adam Clayton, Morrissey, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West have all
professed themselves a-ha fans, as has Coldplay’s Chris Martin who named them as one of his early inspirations and
“favourite bands of all time”. During 2008’s Viva La Vida tour, Coldplay covered ‘Hunting High And Low’ and were joined
by Mags at the Oslo concert, with Chris introducing him as “the best keyboard player in the world”.
“The first band I ever loved was a-ha. I put a-ha's first record on – I just remembered how much I loved it. It’s
incredible songwriting – some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard … Everyone asks what inspired us, what we've
been trying to steal from and what we listened to as we were growing up. Back when we didn’t have any hits of our own,
we used to play a-ha songs.”
-Chris Martin, Coldplay
Rick Astley is also enjoying a major career resurgence. The British star has sold more than 40 million albums fuelled by
hits like 'Never Gonna Give You Up
', 'Whenever You Need Somebody
', 'Together Forever',
'When I Fall in Love
', 'She Wants To Dance With Me
' and 'Cry For Help'.
In 2016 Rick’s album 50 was released to mark his milestone birthday and became his first UK number one since his 1987
debut album. The platinum selling album has to date sold more than 350,000 copies. Last year he followed it up with
another wholly self-penned, performed and produced album, Beautiful Life, and continued his heavy touring schedule and has just completed a 38-date UK arena and stadium tour as special guest
for Take That.
In 2007, Rick became an internet phenomenon becoming the subject of a viral meme known as Rick-rolling, with ‘Never Gonna Give You Up
’ garnering millions of hits on YouTube, introducing him to a whole new audience.
Purveyors of high-energy guitar pop, New Zealand four-piece The Beths channel their friendship into high-energy guitar
pop with a smart lyrical bite. 2018 was their breakout year, beginning with signing to Carpark Records and Dew Process,
before releasing the internationally acclaimed debut album Future Me Hates Me, which was heralded as one of the stand-out music releases of that year. The band have toured relentlessly, getting
audiences hooked on their ebullient sound. After selling out shows last year across Australia, New Zealand, North
America, UK and Europe, the band are proving to be one of the most in-demand live acts on the planet.
With a career spanning four decades, secure your spot now for a-ha’s first ever New Zealand tour. Together with very
special guest Rick Astley, they have created the pop soundtrack to countless lives, and this promises to be a highlight
on the summer concert calendar.
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