Kiwi songbird headlines Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week

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Kiwi songbird Anika Moa brings the love to Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week this year. 

The multi-platinum selling artist – who has six hit albums spanning 15 years – performs an intimate gig at restaurant Sasso on Tuesday evening. 

The award-winning singer songwriter has answered some Mountain Scene questions about her Sasso set, plans for the year and her parent-saving album of baby songs Songs for Bubbas released late last year. 

You’re coming down for a gig for Gay Ski Week – what’s likely to be included in your set? 

Hey there, yes I’m coming and I’m excited to be in my second home, Queenstown! 

My set is old songs, new songs and everything in between. I have been known to take requests because I know every single song in the universe. 

Do you decide songs beforehand or as a response to the evening? 

I always have a set list but I usually go with the crowd and see what they’re feeling like for the night. 

Lots of giggles, fun and lots of talking from me, which usually brings a ‘shut up and sing the songs’ from some drunk punter, which makes me make them come up and sing with me. 

So a warning; try not to yell at me or you’re my new back-up singer. 

Are you performing solo or backed by a band? 

Just me and my teeny tiny guitar and microphone. 

I often find myself humming Animals in my Room at work – what’s been the response to Songs for Bubbas

Songs for Bubbas has been overwhelmingly amazing. I have won an APRA award for Colours Are Beautiful and a music award for children’s album of the year – so I feel pretty blessed and stoked if I’m honest. 

I love tamariki and music is healing for me and them. Love it. 

What’s next? I believe you’ve a UK tour coming up later this year. 

I have shows in Singapore, London and Brighton and a trip to Spain amongst it all. Life is very good for me at the moment. 

Are you writing/recording at the moment – what’s next in that regard, a solo project, more Anika, Boh and Hollie, another record for kids/parents on the horizon? 

I have just finished another Anika Moa album and I am going to record another baby album once I have finished all my songs. 

Next year will be very busy. 

Planning to stay down here for much of Gay Ski Week or is it just a flying visit? 

Down all week for the action and fun – Canyon Swing is calling to me, oh, and Gibbston Winery is too. 

What would you say to people coming to the Sasso gig? 

Don’t expect anything but happiness when you leave.

Gay Ski Week presents Anika Moa at Sasso, Tuesday, from 6pm (Anika at 9pm). Show tickets $40.