Heading south for the winter

Julia Deans (left) and Anika Moa play Wanaka in early May. Photo supplied.
Julia Deans (left) and Anika Moa play Wanaka in early May. Photo supplied.
Chart-topping New Zealand pop and rock stars Julia Deans and Anika Moa embark on their ''New Hearts Tourette'' together, the first chapter in a tour to be played over 12 months.

They will play new songs from their forthcoming solo albums and join forces for some crowd-pleasing old favourites.

''Anika will probably tell some really funny stories and I'll just stick to my repertoire of dad-jokes,'' Deans said.

Her second solo album is called We Light Fire.

Moa said audiences could expect ''heaps of new tunes and lots of silly nonsense from me.

''Good stories and a well-travelled repertoire. We can't wait to hit the South; it's been a long time coming.''

• The artists play at the River House, Wanaka, on May 4.

• Moa will reunite with Boh Runga and Hollie Smith to return to the Wakatipu to perform as a trio supporting the family counselling service in Queenstown. They play at the black-tie fundraiser at Stoneridge Estate, Lake Hayes, on June 7.