London Grammar have just announced their debut New Zealand show - they’re set to play Auckland’s Spark Arena on September 30th - and ahead of the show we’ve compiled a list of reasons why we’re super excited to see them live.
Here’s some official info on the tour:
“London Grammar’s captivating live show first reached this side of the world back when they played The Falls Music And Arts Festival 2013/14, as well as three, sold-out sideshows. In September 2013, their debut LP If You Wait hit the New Zealand album charts, peaking at #13 and staying in the charts for two months. The album went on to sell over two million copies worldwide, and saw them awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for the spectacular single, ‘Strong’.
With growing fame, the band returned to Australia in 2015 to play sold out arena shows across the country, with the likes of The Music declaring, “with Reid’s vocals pushing the performance to new heights, elating every soul and leaving everyone hoping that it’s not as long between visits for London Grammar.”
They visited Australia over the new year, again to perform on the Falls Festival stage; this time as a headliner. They celebrated the occasion by ensuring Aussie fans were the first in the world to hear brand-new material from the forthcoming album, when they debuted the heart-wrenching, ‘Rooting For You’. After three visits to Australia, London Grammar finally crosses the Tasman to perform for their Kiwi fans for the first time, armed with the the exquisite songs from Truth Is A Beautiful Thing.”
And here are five reasons to see the band live…
#1. Their latest album ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ was just named as the #1 album in the United Kingdom, beating out even Katy Perry for the spot! The album features production from both Paul Epworth and Greg Kurstin, and was released via their own record label Metal & Dust.
#2. The band recently performed a stunning cover of the classic Fleetwood Mac song ‘Dreams’, as well as ‘Big Picture’, performed for a live session in Paris. Watch the performance below:
#3. We recently spoke to Dot Major from the band around the release of the album, who spoke about his excitement about coming to New Zealand for the very first time ever. He said: “We’re really, really excited for that show. It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for a long time and this time we finally got the chance to do it.”
And he went on to say about the importance of the album’s title: “The song itself, ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’, was a song that Hannah wrote maybe two-and-a-half years ago, so before all this stuff. It was a song that was just piano and vocal for a long time, like ‘If You Wait’, [which we] called the album after and, again, it was going to be the last track on the album. Like you said, there is that fear and I think that’s something art does in general, it tends to just be a mirror to what’s going on. And we do talk about things – I wouldn’t say we’re inherently the most political band in the world, but of course the three of us talk about this all the time. It’s not an in-your-face political album in any way, but it’s obviously not immune to having our thoughts [in it].”
Read the interview in full here.
#4. They also recently performed in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, performing their single ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’, and a cover of Beyonce’s ‘All Night’ - watch both the videos below…
#5. They recently released a live rendition of ‘Hell to the Liars’, which was performed at at London's Round Chapel venue. Watch the performance below...
Tickets to London Grammar’s debut NZ show are on sale now - click here to purchase tickets.
Watch the ‘Oh Man’ music video below…