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Fleet Foxes to play in New Zealand next year

Thursday 28 September 2017

Fleet Foxes to play in New Zealand next year

After six years, US indie-folk band Fleet Foxes are finally returning to our shores to celebrate their highly-acclaimed album 'Crack-Up'. They'll be performing in Auckland Town Hall and Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre in January next year.

Update: Auckland based indie-folk group Tiny Ruins will be opening for Fleet Foxes next year. They have recently finished their third album, set for release in mid-2018.

Fleet Foxes' kicked off their stage comeback this year with four sold out performances at the Sydney Opera House. With the aid of an album that has been called one 2017's best, the band's massive international tour has been rapturously received.

The Seattle Times noted of their return, 'It's almost unheard of for a band to disappear for this long, and then come back as big as ever.' The Australian called the Sydney Opera House run 'a spellbinding display of Fleet Foxes’ originality and vocal and instrumental dexterity.'

'Crack-Up' comes after the 2011 release of 'Helplessness Blues' and nearly a decade since the band's 2008 self-titled debut. All eleven of the songs on 'Crack-Up' were written by the Fleet Foxes' vocalist, Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend.

"A rich, ideas-driven record which pulls off a pretty unlikely feat: infusing Fleet Foxes' music with the same sense of transcendence and beauty that they managed the first time, now delivered with an added sense of expansive musical ambition. Confirms that rarest of achievements: a group somehow hanging on to the essence of who they are, while pushing their art into thrillingly unforeseen places." – Q

"Fleet Foxes' new full-length record, is chiefly concerned with finding peace amid chaos. It's also more dissonant and plainly mesmeric than anything the band has made before, and filled with these beautiful little half-admissions of inadequacy." – Pitchfork

"Astonishing. Crack-Up may be the most anticipated release of the year, a welcome return. Ambitious, mature, meticulous." – Uncut

Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut's first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous 'Best of' lists, including Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s and Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2008. Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia.

The follow-up album Helplessness Blues was met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (Mojo five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at no. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK and earned the band a Grammy nomination.

Prepare for two awesome nights with music royalties Fleet Foxes and witness their stunning performances next summer.