Fat Freddy’s Drop have announced a starry Summer tour, together with their first new recorded material in almost three years.
The ever-popular Wellington band will play eight big outdoor shows in January and will be joined on the tour by legendary UK DJ Norman Jay plus local stars such as Salmonella Dub, The Black Seeds and Ladi6.
A new album looks to be in the works, too, with this Friday (July 20) seeing the release of ‘Trickle Down’, a politically charged new single described as “an electronic-driven reaction to the false economic principle of wealth trickling down from the 1% to the 99%”.
No word yet when the follow-up to 2015’s Bays will be released but ‘Trickle Down’ will be available on 12” later in the year.
In the meantime, Fat Freddy’s Drop will be keeping busy with an extensive European tour that kicks off in August and includes festival dates in France, the UK and Spain. They have also lined up some of their biggest headline shows yet in October and November, including a double header at London’s iconic Brixton Academy. They will be joined on their annual Northern Hemisphere pilgrimage by Ladi6 and Parks.
Presales for Fat Freddy’s Drop’s New Zealand dates begin on Thursday (July 19), with all tour dates going full sale on July 23. Full tour details are:
January 3 : Toll Stadium, Whangarei, with The Black Seeds, Norman Jay, Troy Kingi.
January 5: Wharepai Domain, Tauranga, with Salmonella Dub feat. Tiki Taane, Norman Jay, and Troy Kingi.
January 7: Thames Racecourse, Thames, The Black Seeds, Norman Jay.
January 9: Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson with Norman Jay (3 hour DJ set)
January 12: Hagley Park, Christchurch, with The Black Seeds, Norman Jay, Ladi6 (more acts to be announced).
January 14: John Davies Oval, Queenstown, with Norman Jay (more acts to be announced).
January 19: Western Springs Park, Auckland, with Norman Jay, Ladi6, Troy Kingi, Silva MC, Logg Cabin (more acts to be announced).
January 21: Williams Park, Wellington with Norman Jay (3 hour DJ set)