Janelle Monáe and Kimbra are taking their friendship to the next level with a co-headlining tour next month that will see them performing at Vector Arena.
For the 'Golden Electric Tour' the pop innovators will be performing together as well as headlining their own sets.
The pair met at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 2013 where they hit it off over a shared love of Prince and mutual respect for each other's work, before having an impromptu jam session with their bands.
Kansas City's JanelleMonáe is a grammy-nominated artist whose new album The Electric Lady features cameos from Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Solange and its distinctive mix of jazz, pop, funk and soul received high praise from critics. Her 2010 debut The ArchAndroid produced the hit single Tightrope featuring Big Boi, and introduced her sound to a wider audience, including the band fun, who enlisted her vocals for their #1 single We Are Young.
New Zealanders will be no stranger to Kimbra's achievements, whose 2011 debut saw her win five Tui awards and an appearance on the highest-selling single in the US in 2012 - Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know - cemented her star status. The upcoming followup album is set to feature collaborations with Daniel Johns, Van Dyke Parks, Thundercat, Bilal, Mark Foster, John Legend, Matt Bellamy and members of The Mars Volta and Dillinger Escape Plan.
This will be Monáe's first New Zealand concert and a rare homecoming performance from Kimbra.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 17, with a Live Nation pre-sale starting Monday, April 14.
Janelle Monáe with Kimbra at Vector Arena Saturday 24 May
Janelle Monáe with Kimbra: ‘The Golden Electric Tour’
Step back to July 2013 when both Janelle and Kimbra were performing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival.
That evening the two artists were in the same Swiss hotel bar with their respective bands. Conversations sparked, bonding over a shared love of Prince, and as the night wore on the collective began jamming in the bar.
The impromptu session cemented their mutual respect for each other’s artistry: it was the budding of a deep friendship. The ties between Janelle and Kimbra grew stronger, in tandem with an artistic curiosity and an exploration of different musical languages, and the idea of the tour collaboration was born.
‘The Golden Electric Tour’ will reveal a stellar show of intertwined joint and individual performances – both artists will perform separate sets with their bands, as well as performing together.
Tickets will go on sale next Thursday, April 17.
My Live Nation members can access tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning this Monday, April 14.
Janelle Monáe delivered her second lesson in musical sophistication, The Electric Lady in September 2013, a follow up to her 2010 debut The Archandroid, an album critically acclaimed worldwide and featuring the hit single ‘Tightrope’ featuring Big Boi.
The Electric Lady debuted top #5 on the Billboard charts and is home to a host of collaborative hits such as ‘Primetime’ featuring Miguel, ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ featuring Erykah Badu, ‘Electric Lady’ featuring Solange and “her lifetime hero” Prince on ‘Given Em What They Love’.
Hailing from Kansas City, ‘The Golden Electric Tour’ also heralds Janelle’s first-ever New Zealand show, having previously visited Australia to headline at the Sydney Opera House’s Vivid Festival in May 2012.
Kimbra released her debut album Vows, which debuted in the US Billboard Top 200 at #14 and achieved Platinum status in her native NZ/Australia. There have been close to 70 million views on YouTube which contained videos for the singles ‘Settle Down’, ‘Cameo Lover’, ‘Good Intent’ and ‘Two Way Street’, all of which ranked in Triple J’s Hottest 100 - the world’s biggest music poll.
She won the ARIA Award for ‘Best Female Artist’ in both 2011 and 2012 and five of the six Tui awards she was nominated for at the New Zealand Music Awards. In April 2012, it was announced that Kimbra had won the grand prize in the International Song Writing Competition 2011, for her single ‘Cameo Lover’.
In 2012 Kimbra followed up with the #1 worldwide smash hit, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, her duet with Gotyé, which topped the charts in eleven countries. The massive single retained the #1 ARIA spot for an impressive eight weeks, was the biggest selling single in the US in 2012 and won two Grammy Awards.
The New Zealand native renowned for her electric live performances is rapidly expanding her reach, establishing herself internationally as a significant talent.
Collaborations with Daniel Johns, Van Dyke Parks, Thundercat, Bilal, Mark Foster, Keefus Green, John Legend, Matt Bellamy and Producer Rich Costey.
Excitement is growing surrounding Kimbra’s highly anticipated sophomore album, expected to drop later this year.