Review: Call of the Huia by New Zealand Opera
What's Hot New Zealand went along to the first performance of the national tour of Call of the Huia, an exploration of lost Aotearoa art ...
Internationally heralded and locally-loved pop songstress Bic Runga is ready to celebrate both the warming weather and the freedom to perform with a six-show North Island tour.
She has a whole suite of new tunes - while the rest of us were drinking wine with our friends over Zoom, Bic was creating a lockdown soundtrack, starting a new side project called King Sweeties, and writing songs for her next record.
From late October to mid November, Bic will perform in Tauranga, at the Hawke's Bay Arts Festival, in Wellington, Whanganui, Auckland and Leigh, with support from a range of artists along the way including Ebony Lamb, Yasamine, Kendall Elise and Na Noise. At each show, she'll be accompanied by her all-star band, comprised of Kody Nielson (Silicon, UMO), Cass Mitchell (Tiny Ruins, King Sweeties) and Michael Logie (Silicon, The Mint Chicks).
Bic's shows promise to be a musical journey that will take in all points in her career, including re-imaginations of old favourites, a few rarities, te reo Māori interpretations and brand new tunes. Touring is a resource-intensive activity, so the whole way through this tour Bic and her team will be measuring and offsetting their carbon emissions.
Sunday 25 October - Tauranga, Baycourt Theatre - support from Yasamin
Monday 26 October - Hawke's Bay Arts Festival
Friday 6 November - Wellington, San Fran - support from Ebony Lamb
Saturday 7 November - Whanganui, Royal Wanganui Opera House - support from Ebony Lamb
Friday 13 November - Auckland, The Hollywood Avondale - support from Na Noise
Saturday 14 November - Leigh, Sawmill - support from Kendall Elise
Tickets on sale now at bicrunga.com