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a-ha to play first ever New Zealand tour next year

Tuesday 23 July 2019

a-ha to play first ever New Zealand tour next year

Legendary '80s troupe a-ha are finally making their much-anticipated New Zealand debut next year March as part of their 'Hunting High and Low' tour. The group will play an exclusive show at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena before performing a special 'A Day On The Green' concert at Auckland's Villa Maria Estate Winery. Supporting them on both shows is iconic hitmaker Rick Astley while NZ-based indie-pop group, The Beths will join the 'A Day On The Green' date.

Before mesmerising NZ, they will first be wrapping up their Australian leg of the tour, with shows set to land at Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena and Sydney's International Convention Centre. Aside from these concerts, a-ha will also be performing four 'A Day On The Green' gigs at Perth's Kings Park & Botanic Gardens, Yarrra Valley's Rochford Wines, Hunter Valley's Bimbadgen Estate and Brisbane's Sirromet Winery.

The Norwegian trio—who dominated pop charts worldwide during the '80s—are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their hugely influential album 'Hunting High And Low'. a-ha are set to perform the album in full along with an extensive list of pop anthems from across their immensely spanning career. Selling more than 11 million copies worldwide, the album includes the unforgettable 'Take On Me' as well as follow-up hits 'The Sun Always Shines On TV', 'Train Of Thought', 'The Blue Sky' and the title track. a-ha (whose members are Morten Harket, Mags Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) have sold more than 55 million albums, and remain one of the UK and Europe's most-loved pop bands—regularly playing stadiums and festivals.

"...we can’t wait to play in New Zealand for the first time—we'll be comparing your fjords with our Norwegian ones!" - Paul Waaktaar-Savoy

Since their debut in the early '80s, a-ha have scored global hits with the James Bond theme 'The Living Daylights' as well as 'Cry Wolf', 'I've Been Losing You' and the 2005 Max Martin-collaboration album 'Analogue'. Still so unique decades on, their unforgettable 'Take On Me' music video has won six MTV Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and has been nominated for Grammy and American Music Awards. On the other hand, their most recent release was an MTV Unplugged collection in 2017, featuring collaborations with Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch and Alison Moyet. NME recently declared 'Hunting High And Low' as "one of the albums that have stood the test of time and still sounds great today."

a-ha are sure to captivate us all with their glorious, retro-pop sound so don't dare miss out!