Silver Scroll-winning indie artist Lawrence Arabia, also known as James Milne, originally of Christchurch, now of
Auckland, photographed performing in Queenstown last April,
returns to the Southern Lakes next month. Photo by James Beech
Hip indie act Lawrence Arabia will break out of touring New
Zealand's usual ''Big Four'' cities and return to the
Southern Lakes with the help of the Festival of Colour.
Eccentric lead singer-guitarist-pianist Arabia, also known as
Christchurch-born songsmith James Milne, along with three
backing musicians, wowed festival crowds in Queenstown and
Wanaka when they joined forces with musicians from the Black
Seeds, Trinity Roots and Fat Freddy's Drop to form the
supergroup Fabulous Arabia.
Festival organisers have announced Lawrence Arabia will
perform a special one-off gig in the new bar and music venue,
Gin & Raspberry, in Wanaka, on November 7, as part of the
12-date ''Lawrence Arabia's New Zealand'' tour.
Cassette songwriter Tom Watson plays a set in support.
Arabia said the concert would be just as entertaining as
April's gig, but a ''whole new sonic experience'' for the
''There are a million reasons to come and see us again. Our
core sound is more Beatles-esque and less funky.
''We have the same singers, but a different drummer; shorter
songs but lots more of them.
''It's a 90-minute-plus show, abundant with banter and
three-part harmonies, wit, beauty and occasional loud
Arabia's latest album The Sparrow was released in July last
year to critical acclaim, including the London Sunday Times'
CD of the Week, iTunes NZ's New Zealand Album of the Year
2012 and a Taite Music Prize nomination.
• Tickets cost $25 and are available from the
festival's website, or Gin & Raspberry, or Francesca's
Italian Kitchen, Wanaka. The gig starts at 8pm.