Here come the bands: Elemeno P, Crowded House, Chills schedule and reschedule Waikato shows

Lovers of live music in the Waikato have much to look forward to over the coming days and weeks, with numerous well-known bands and a few relative unknowns coming to the region.
Firmly established as one of the countrys top pop-rock bands, Elemeno P will get a nationwide tour under way with a show in Hamilton on Friday night.

The tour supports the vinyl release of the band's first three albums - Love & Disrespect, Trouble In Paradise and the self-titled Elemeno P - and the set list is likely to include many of their hits such as Fast Times In Tahoe, Verona, 11.57 and Every Days A Saturday.

The four-piece, comprised of Dave Gibson (vocals), Scotty Pearson (drums), Justyn Pilbrow (guitar) and Lani Purkis (bass) formed in 2003 and in ensuing years have become stalwarts of New Zealand's pub rock scene.


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Meanwhile, Crowded Houses rescheduled Hamilton show will take place at Claudelands Arena on Tuesday, March 23.

The band had intended to launch their nationwide tour in Hamilton on March 4, however those plans were thwarted by the most recent Covid-19 lockdown in Auckland.

Founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour along with producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, guitarist and singer Liam Finn and drummer Elroy Finn recently released their first new music in more than a decade with the debut of the single Whatever You Want.

For those who prefer their music to be a little more offbeat, psychedelic jazz band Carnivorous Plant Society will play at The Woolshed in Te Awamutu on Tuesday, March 30.

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The Chills are playing at the Raglan Town Hall on May 15.

The shows performed by Finn Scholes, Eric Scholes, Michael Barker and Sean Martin-Buss frequently feature surreal hand-drawn animations created by band-leader Finn Scholes. As the publicity for the band asserts, stories of dystopian futures, alien empires and trans-dimensional travel will unfold and your mind is guaranteed to melt.

English jazz-folk duo Good Habits will play two Waikato shows in April, and the first of these is at a new venue, The House With No Nails in Wardville, north of Matamata on Sunday, April 4. This will be followed by a gig at Hamiltons Nivara Lounge on Thursday, April 8.

Singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw were among the international travellers who were effectively stranded in New Zealand by the Covid-19 pandemic. They have, however, used their time here productively, recording and releasing their debut album Going for Broke in September.

British alternative rock band The Veils will play the Raglan Town Hall on Saturday, April 24, where they will perform their acclaimed 2006 album Nux Vomica in its entirety.

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British alternative rock band The Veils will play a show at the Raglan Town Hall on April 24.

The group have been described by Uncut magazine as savage collisions of Bowie, Nick Cave and Nine Inch Nails.

The Raglan Town Hall will also host revered New Zealand guitar rockers The Chills on Saturday, May 15, who will be touring the country promoting their soon-to-be-released album Scatterbrain, which is described as pure pop music for the new normal.

Led by songwriter Martin Phillipps, The Chills have established their place in the annals of New Zealand music history with a string of critically-revered albums and singles. Chief among these are pub rock anthem I Love My Leather Jacket, the light-hearted chart-topper Heavenly Pop Hit and the haunting Pink Frost.

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