Kia ora to our New Zealand cousins

by on Feb.20, 2009, under Shows

Hi there blog rockers!  We’re back in the land of Aus’ after an all-too-brief visit to our kiwi neighbours earlier this month.  I realise this post is a bit late, but it takes a while to get back to reality after a week on the picturesque South Island.

New Zealand - 2009 02 05 - Akeroa New Zealand - 2009 02 02 - Christchurch The reason for our visit was to perform live at the A.R.E.A 9 Festival near Lake Ohau, (20 minutes from Twizel).  This 48 hour non-stop-music event was held over the Waitangi Day long weekend and featured some of New Zealand’s finest acts, including Salmonella Dub, Rhombus, Kora, Katchafire and many more.  Most of you probably know that Nitidus began with Patrick ‘PC’ Clemenger as a cover band in Christchurch, so it was an amazing ‘pilgrimage’ flying over the pond to see where all this madness began.

For myself and Adam, this was our first time in the South Island, so we spent the week leading up to the event acclimatising to the people and the places.  This was also the first time we met up with PC in almost a year!  Don’t worry folks, he hasn’t changed, he’s still the same rocker he ever was.  Much drinking was involved.

After a week of site seeing, it was time to get the show on the road.  We picked up Marki from the airport and drove direct to Twizel with only a few hours to kill before we were to hit the stage at 4:30am on Saturday 7th February (when they said 48 hours of music, they weren’t kidding).  It was awesome to be back on stage, a FESTIVAL stage no less, with PC, Marki, Adam and myself cranking out the songs we’re proud to have created: The Taste, 21 Alibis, What’s It Gonna Be, Echoes, Don’t, Red Morning, So Long and more.  The only thing that sucked was that the show ended!  Big props to Mission Controlled for flying us over for their awesome event, have us back anytime!

We’re back in Melbourne, narrowly missing the 40+ degree heat wave (Celcius, which is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), only to find half of Victoria burning to the ground in the tragic bush fires.  Our hearts go out to those who have lost property and loved ones in this disaster… but more on that in my next post.

For now, enjoy these pictures from New Zealand (more to come).

New Zealand - 2009 02 05 - Waitangi Day Eve in Christchurch New Zealand - 2009 02 07 - A.R.E.A 9 New Zealand - 2009 02 07 - A.R.E.A 9 stage

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