Diehard dDub fan Michael Mayell (far right) still isn’t tired of his favourite act despite seeing them for the 17th time.
The hit band’s Coronet Peak gig last Sunday – the Winter Festival finale – is the latest in a long list of venues he’s heard them at while following them around the country for the past couple of years.
It was love at first listen for Christchurch-based businessman Mayell, co-founder of biscuit giant Cookie Time and a regular Queenstown visitor.
He even caught the roots/reggae group three nights running in Queenstown and Wanaka last New Year.
Mayell and partner Samantha Atkins have flown all over New Zealand to catch six-man dDub and even paid the band to perform at a private party in Christchurch.
“Quite often I’d go to these gigs and look around the room and think ‘Yip I’m the oldest one here again’,” the 49-year-old fan says.
Mayell says he listened to dDub’s albums Medicine Man and Awake at Dawn once or twice a day for a year.
“I do not understand it,” he says.
Mayell and dDub’s lead singer-guitarist Derek Browne have become firm friends –Cookie Time teamed up with the band in April last year to sell their CDs in-store.