ndie folk band There’s A Tuesday have been announced as Live Nation and Vodafone New Zealand’s fourth feature artist for 2021 for ONES TO WATCH. The four-piece band joins an incredible slate of Kiwi artists who have been recognised for their musical potential and talent through the profile-raising platform aiming to introduce Kiwis to new local music.
Hailing from the garden city, the Christchurch-based band first came together when members Minnie and Nat met at a party at age 16, sparking them to play together the very next day. Recognising their musical chemistry, they entered the Smokefree Rockquest, taking out not only the solo/duo division in their hometown but also the nationwide title.
The duo became a quartet when Gus and Joel joined the band, quickly catching the eye of other musicians around Aotearoa, including Mako Road and The Butlers, who both extended an invitation to open for them on their nationwide tours. Through their Smokefree Rockquest win, they were also given the chance to work with Six60 bassist Chris Mac to record their debut single Piñata Head at Auckland’s iconic Roundhead Studios.
Their debut EP Dance With Me Before We Cry was released in 2020, which launched them into their own national headline tour, visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as the festival circuit, playing back-to-back shows throughout summer at a number of festivals including Rhythm and Vines, CubaDupa, Electric Avenue, Nostalgia Festival, Tora Bombora and many more.
On their rising success, Live Nation promoter Mike Ross comments: “There’s A Tuesday are one of the most unique bands in NZ right now, filling a gap somewhere between folk and indie-rock. Their performances have always been strong, but they’ve continued to grow a huge amount over the shows we’ve done together so far and we’re excited for them to reach new fans via ONES TO WATCH.”
There’s A Tuesday are in good company among the other New Zealand ONES TO WATCH artists, joining Muroki, Paige, Park Rd, Imugi and more in the programme. ONES TO WATCH launched in the United States in 2017, helping boost the careers of artists including Halsey and Dua Lipa.
Vodafone Head of External Affairs Rich Llewellyn says There’s A Tuesday are a fantastic addition to the growing musical talent on the ONES TO WATCH platform. “From a young age this group have been recognised for their talent and ability to entertain on stage. They have already captivated so many audiences throughout Aotearoa and we look forward to ONES TO WATCH giving them the platform to reach many more people – both locally and globally.”
After launching an exclusive long-term partnership in 2019, Live Nation Australasia and Vodafone New Zealand have provided Vodafone customers access to Live Nation’s entertainment portfolio including music, family and comedy tours and festivals across the country. The strategic multi-year partnership is committed to bringing the best live experiences to New Zealand and the best New Zealand artists to the world. The unique emerging talent platform of ONES TO WATCH builds on this strong partnership and a mutual dedication to support grassroots initiatives.