Sweet sounds of Anika Moa

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She loves us – and you’re gonna love her.
 
The NZ Open golf tournament organisers have secured super Kiwi songbird Anika Moa to headline Saturday night’s outdoor concert at The Hills. 

Moa, who possesses a melodic soaring voice and huge repertoire of beautiful original songs, will be joined by her band for the show in the natural amphitheatre of The 19th area. 

“It will be real nice to do a fun relaxed gig for a golf tournament with my band, who are really amazing musicians. 

“It’s always such a good crowd in Queenstown but I do two gigs a year there so I’m pretty clued up on Queenstown and Arrowtown. It’s my favourite place in the country.”
 
Moa’s bandmates are bassist Chris Matthews and drummer Nick Gaffaney who also plays in Cairo Knife Fight. 

“I’m looking forward to it because I’m playing with my band. I haven’t played with my dudes for quite a little while…we’re all best friends and kind of fight and get drunk together and just normal stuff so it’ll be cool to hang out with them.” 

With four critically-acclaimed solo albums in her arsenal plus last year’s Song for Bubbas album, Moa has a catalogue of popular singles including Dreams in my Head, Mother and Blame it on the Rain

The Auckland-based musician also released new album Peace of Mind with Boh Runga and Hollie Smith. 

Before Moa takes the stage, local rising singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith will kick things off. 

Arrowsmith, who sings and plays guitar, won Queenstown’s original songwriting contest Songstars in 2012 and last year released her first EP. 

Moa says she’s looking forward to see Arrowsmith perform and likes to support rising musicians.
 
“I didn’t choose her, the organiser chose her, but whenever I do shows, I ask venue owners if they could pick a couple of really cool up-and-coming musicians just so they get the chance to play a gig with someone who is established. 

“It’s really fun – I remember I supported Shona Laing in Christchurch when I was 16 or 17.”

Anika Moa plays at The Hills 19th Hole this Saturday from 6pm, with support by Holly Arrowsmith. Tickets included in NZ Open day pass costing $29.99