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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Auckland

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Friday, 22 February 2013


Spark Arena


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All Ages

The promoters for the scheduled February MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS shows have been forced, due to an overwhelming demand for tickets, to upgrade both the Auckland an Wellington shows to larger venues.

In order to accommodate the change of venues the original Auckland and Wellington dates have needed to be swapped around.

So, to clarify, then :

The Auckland show at the Powerstation, originally scheduled for Saturday 23rd February has now been moved to the Logan Campbell Centre on Friday 22nd February.


The Wellington show at the San Fransisco Bathhouse originally scheduled for Friday 22nd February will now be at The Opera House on Saturday 23rd February.

Tickets for the original dates will be valid for the new show dates, but, if required, refunds are available from the point of purchase.

Acclaimed Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make thier debut NZ appearance this February, stopping in at Wellington's San Francisco Bath House on February 22nd and Auckland's Powerstation on the 23rd.

Macklemore (known to his mother as Ben Haggerty) has been a mainstay on the Seattle hip hop scene since his high school days, but his obsession with the genre began much earlier. From a ridiculously young age Haggerty and his friends would make each other mix-tapes of tracks their tender ears should probably have not been listening to.

Haggerty's social conscience was awakened by the de-facto segregation he witnessed at his own high school and adjoining neighbourhoods. Realising that police only ever fired their guns 'in the hood', he began working in a juvenile correctional facility as part of their music therapy program.

But his own life has not been without its struggles. An addiction to prescription painkillers led to a fallow period in the mid 2000s, but when he cleaned up in 2008 he began collaborating with Ryan Lewis which led to the eventual release in 2012 of their highly acclaimed album The Heist, which floored critics and reached #1 on the US and Australian ITunes sales charts.

The Heist is not only notable for stellar sales but also for its impassioned lyrics about everything from gay rights ('Same Love'), consumerism ('Wings') sobriety and relapsing ('Starting Over') and even his own discomfort with 'white priviledge' ('A Wake'), aided and abetted by Ryan Lewis' ' vast, daring and layered production'. Together they have created something truly unique - a instant party-starter that also makes you think.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Thursday 21st February – Forsyth Barr Stadium – Dunedin
Tickets from TicketDirect – On sale date TBC

Friday 22nd February – Logan Campbell Centre – Auckland
with Homebrew
Tickets on sale Friday 23rd November from Ticketmaster

Saturday 23rd February – Opera House – Wellington
Tickets on sale Friday 23rd November from Ticketek

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