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Rodriguez: CANCELLED


  • Sat 2 Feb 2019, 4:00pm


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Eccles Entertainment in association with Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce the return of acclaimed Sugar Man, Rodriguez, to New Zealand playing the iconic Villa Maria Winery next February!

‘Australia and New Zealand audiences hold a very special place in my heart so I can’t wait to return down under in 2019.’ - Rodriguez

The legendary singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist will bring his iconic blend of folk and psychedelic rock to our shores for a one off show. Adding to the excitement, local legends Dave Dobbyn, The Topp Twins and The Eastern will open the show.

Rodriguez has had strong ties to New Zealand ever since his music gained airplay locally in the mid-1970s, long before the rest of the world caught onto his talent thanks to Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning film Searching for Sugar Man. He first toured Australasia in the late 1970s and later returned to New Zealand in 2013 and 2014.

“It’s pretty rare to be at a show and find yourself joining a standing ovation before the act’s even taken the stage. But it happened for Rodriguez” - Stuff

“Close your eyes and you might as well be listening to the young man who recorded Cold Fact nearly five decades ago.” – Sydney Morning Herald

The Searching for Sugar Man documentary follows Rodriguez’s celebrated history that began in the bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s. Drawing inspiration from the city’s post-industrial urban decay, Rodriguez recorded and released albums Cold Fact (1969) and Coming From Reality (1971), which produced hit songs ‘Sugar Man’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Cause’. These releases went largely unnoticed in the United States, despite Cold Fact peaking at 20 in the NZ Top 40 Charts.

Thanks to bootleg recordings and word of mouth, Cold Fact found its way to South Africa where its counter-culture lyrics resonated with the country’s politically-alienated youth. Without a telephone and working factory and construction jobs to support his family, Rodriguez remained oblivious to the fact that he was bigger than Elvis in South Africa.

Nearly five decades after the release of his debut, Rodriguez’s incredible vocal and musical skill is finally being heard by audiences throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, including festival audiences at Glastonbury and Coachella.

Villa Maria Winery
The jewel in the New Zealand vineyard crown, Villa Maria will play host to this incredible line-up of musicians this Summer. Situated on an ancient volcanic crater, the natural amphitheatre and sprawling green grass is a stunning environment to see these extraordinary artists play from late afternoon and into the Summer evening this coming February.

Villa Maria Winery is an all-ages venue, and as a special offer to families, one child under 12 is welcome free per a ticketed adult.

Act quick to secure your tickets to see this modern day poet perform live!

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