Auckland producer super-group LEISURE will join forces with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) for a one-off gig at Auckland Town Hall, on Friday April 6.
LEISURE’s musical blend of RnB, soul and pop will receive an added symphonic styling in the first of APO’s new Session Series. The five-piece band will be performing their already hits – plus some new ones – re-imagined with full orchestral arrangements by Claire Cowan and Hamish Oliver. LEISURE will take to the stage together with the APO as its 72-piece backing band, under the baton of conductor Hamish McKeich.
With tracks laden with bluesy vibes and gentle synths and more than 25 million streams worldwide, LEISURE has established itself as a band whose music is as easy-going as the name suggests. Their first single Got It Bad quickly established LEISURE as an act of international class, with follow-ups since including All Over You (the Soundcloud fave with over a million listens in two years), Know You Better, Moonbeam and Control Myself.
Their self-titled album won the band finalists spots for both Album of the Year and Best Group at last year’s NZ Music Awards. Writing in NZ Musician magazine’s Dec/Jan 2018 issue, musicologist Dr Mark Baynes described their recent single Money as ‘… a wonderful offshoot of the Soulquarian era’.
LEISURE’s Josh Fountain says it’s going to be a unique concert experience.
“The fact that we get to play our songs with the APO still seems a bit surreal, it’s the kind of thing you can only dream about as a musician. Claire and Hamish have done an incredible job with the orchestral arrangements and we’re so excited and honoured to have been given this opportunity. This is going to be such a special night.”
The first release of tickets (standing GA at the Auckland Town Hall Stalls level and seated GA upstairs in the Circle) went out at the special price of $40. VIP upgrades are also available giving exclusive access to the event sponsor’s Hallertau Lounge and reserved seating.
What: APO Session Series – Hallertau Brewery presents: APO AND LEISURE
Where: Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
When: 9pm, Friday April 6, 2018
Bookings: ticketmaster.co.nz / 0800 111 999