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The lady is back and she’s bringing soul to the regions.

Kiwi hip hop and soul fave Ladi6 brings her brand new tour to Queenstown’s Bungalow for two shows next week, and saying she’s excited is an understatement.

She’d just finished her first rehearsal for the tour, and is clearly amped.

“I’m f***ing pumped.”

It’ll be the first time she’s been able to build a show around her 2017 album, Royal Blue 3000

To mark the occasion, she’s embarking on a two part, 17 date tour around NZ, focusing particularly on the regions.

Everywhere from Westport to Russell will get to hear the new tunes, and a slew of older faves, from the award winning singer.

Ladi6 has been Kiwi favourite for years, with her biggest hit, Like Water, reaching number 9 on the New Zealand charts.

She’s also an awards favourite, claiming Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Hip Hop Album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album in 2009.

She began her two decades of performing by touring a lot of smaller towns, playing gigs in return for free board, and says she wants to go to places big name musos usually bypass.

She’s a big fan of Queenstown, saying the resort is “fun as hell”.

“It’s always f***ing epic.

“They get down.”

It’s also the only tour stop to get two shows.

The album features a range of songs inspired by some tough times she was going through personally, she says.

“It’s representative of that, or indicative of trying to escape that, having something else to distract us. It’s real life shit.”

The tour also comes after a tough 2017, with her Australasian tour having to be scrapped when she had to get two separate vocal chord surgeries.

She’s since had a summer chocka with festivals, such as Northern Bass and Soundsplash.

Now she’s keen to hear what fans think of her new songs, as well as treating them to some earlier material as “a throwback for the old school fans”.

She’ll be hitting the road with her band members, including her producer hubby Parks.

“We treat it like a mini holiday, we’re all mates hanging out.

“We f***ing love this.”

To catch Ladi6 head along to Bungalow next Wednesday or Thursday June 7, 8pm, R18, tickets available on www.aaaticketing.co.nz, $35