A Black Seeds first

Reg­gae band to play fest

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

The Black Seeds, who were named by Rolling Stone mag­a­zine as ‘‘the best Reg­gae band in the world,’’ are keen to re­in­force the la­bel at Queen­stown’s Sho­tover Sun­shine fes­ti­val next Satur­day. Vo­cal­ist and per­cus­sion­ist Daniel Weet­man said the praise from Rolling Stone meant the band had to bring their best per­for­mance to ev­ery gig - but that was some­thing they would do any­way. ‘‘Thanks to Rolling Stone, we al­ways try to put on the best show ev­ery time we play, and have just put to­gether some old and new tracks for the set at the Sho­tover gig,’’ he said. ‘‘We’ve never played the fes­ti­val be­fore, but have heard great things about it, and are really ex­cited to check it all out and play a great show with other great NZ bands.’’ While the band have played Wanaka many times be­fore, that has been the big­gest base for any South­ern gigs, and while the band has al­ways had a great re­cep­tion there, they are hop­ing the Queen­stown fes­ti­val slot will at­tract pun­ters from through­out the en­tire South­ern re­gion. The band are con­cen­trat­ing on home-grown gigs be­fore more tour­ing in Europe and South Amer­ica.

Photo: BEN CUR­RAN/FAIRFAX NZ 626000418

On song: The Black Seeds’ vo­cal­ist and per­cus­sion­ist Daniel Weet­man sings in the new year at Coro­man­del Gold. Weet­man and band mates are look­ing for­ward to the Sho­tover Sun­shine Fes­ti­val.

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