There are a few things that make up the quintessential Kiwi summer.
Jandals, barbeques, lazy days at the beach and, for many, the laidback tunes of Fat Freddy’s Drop.
The boys are bringing those chill summer vibes to Queenstown next Monday for a massive gig at John Davies Oval.
They’re also bringing a few mates along, with alt-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra and legendary British DJ Norman Jay MBE in support.
The band’s recently returned home from yet another overseas jaunt, treating their large European fan-base to weeks of live gigs.
“We probably do more gigs in Europe than just about anywhere else,’’ trombone/tuba player Joe Lindsay says.
“We’ve been building an audience there for a long time.’’
He, along with the rest of the band, are looking forward to hitting the road back in Aotearoa over summer.
“Every country’s different, people have different responses to music.
“New Zealand crowds are rowdy and fun and exciting. We really love the summer tours, everyone’s up for having a great time, they’re on holiday, it’s warm.’’
Fans heading along to the Queenstown gig will also be in for an extra treat, with the band ready to debut some new tunes.
“We’ll have about three new songs that you’ll probably hear leading up to the gig,’’ Lindsay says.
As for Norman Jay MBE, he’s fizzing about sharing the stage with the Kiwi legends.
“First and foremost I’m a fan of the band, and I get to live the dream by being a fan who tours with their fave Kiwi band,’’ he tells Scene.
“I have been aware of their music for years as a DJ, but what cemented my love of the band was a show that I did with them at the Queenstown cricket pitch under the watchful eye of The Remarkables.’’
Jay came to prominence in the UK in the 1970s, and has been one of the world’s most popular DJs ever since.
Jay says he’s a big fan of New Zealand crowds.
“The crowds are fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate, and always show me the most love.
“They can expect the unexpected! A genre-hopping potpourri musical experience of great black music, warming up one the nation’s best loved bands. It’s a true privilege to be part of the tour and I’m so looking forward to it.’’
To catch Fat Freddy’s Drop, Norman Jay MBE and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, head to John Davies Oval, Monday, 5pm, $95