Cracker year ahead for Fat Freddy’s Drop

Coun­try­wide tour lined up

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

Fat Freddy’s Drop trom­bon­ist, Joe ‘‘Ho­hepa’’ Lindsay, says the band had many high­lights last year, but start­ing off 2013 with a coun­try­wide tour should set them up well for an­other cracker. ‘‘We had a great time in Europe and fes­ti­vals in Por­tu­gal and Croa­tia would have to be stand­outs, as well as test­ing songs from the new al­bum in the Syd­ney Opera House,’’ he said. ‘‘But start­ing off the year with a tour that takes in some great venues with acts like Anika, Boh and Hol­lie and The Adults is go­ing to be awe­some.’’ Fat Freddy’s Drop last played Queen­stown in 2011, and it re­mains a favourite for the band. ‘‘It’s al­ways a great vibe down there, and we’re well aware that be­cause of the huge in­ter­na­tional pop­u­la­tion there, we al­ways have the po­ten­tial to earn our­selves a few new in­ter­na­tional fans. You never know, some­one from Europe or the States might see us in Queen­stown, then next time we’re in their neck of the woods they might drag a whole bunch of peo­ple along to come see us.’’ But nar­row­ing down the band’s list of songs into a work­able set list was al­ways a chal­lenge. ‘‘Our songs aren’t short, and there’s quite a few of them now, so the set list is some­thing we de­cide on ev­ery night. We’ll sit down, see how we’re feel­ing and ba­si­cally whit­tle it down from there. But if the crowd’s al­ready jump­ing we’ll play some­thing real stonky, so I guess it’s all about the crowd as well.’’

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Fat Freddy’s Drop: Ready for a big year.

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Poised to play: Joe ‘‘Ho­hepa’’ Lindsay gets ready to bat in a Fat Freddy’s Drop v The Black Seeds Twenty20 cricket match in Welling­ton, in 2009.

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