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What started out as a way to get more homegrown tunes on the radio all the way back in the year 2000 is now a fully-fledged, 31-day celebration ...
Benee fans rejoice - the pop sensation will be embarking on a regional tour of Aotearoa this August, covering the smaller cities that usually miss out on big-name music gigs.
The Auckland singer had an incredibly successful New Zealand tour in October last year, performing sold-out shows to the likes of Auckland's Spark Arena, but it occurred to Benee, AKA Stella Rose Bennett, that fans located outside of the main centres don't often get the chance to see full-scale shows in their own backyards. "It's important to go to people if they can't come to you," she says. “I feel like it's important to make everyone feel like their area is important, because it is, and we are thinking about every area."
After skyrocketing to stardom following her pre-lockdown release of single 'Supalonely', Benee's hot streak continued with her acclaimed and award-winning debut album, Hey U X, and a full schedule of headlining summer festivals.
For now, she is back in the studio working on her next project with producer Josh Fountain, which she says is likely to be eclectic and creative as her first record.
The tour will start in New Plymouth on August 6, before heading around the country to Palmerston North, Porirua, Invercargill, Nelson, Tauranga, and Napier, finishing at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena on August 28.