Expect new sound from band
The Festival of Colour team are thrilled to be welcoming the return of Lawrence Arabia to Wanaka after a sell-out performance by the four-piece band at this year’s festival. The band headlined the opening night in April as part of a super group also featuring musicians from the Black Seeds, Trinity Roots and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Lead vocalist Arabia, aka Christchurch-born song writer James Milne, said next week’s one-off Wanaka show was part of a nationwide tour and would bring to the town a whole new sonic experience from the festival appearance. ‘‘Our core sound is more Beatlesesque and less funk. ‘‘We have the same singers but a different drummer; shorter songs but lots of them. ‘‘It’s a 90-minute-plus show, abundant with banter and threepart harmonies, wit, beauty and occasional loud noise,’’ he said. The band’s most recent album, The Sparrow, was released in July 2012 to critical acclaim including being named the Sunday Times’ (United Kingdom) CD of the Week and iTunes New Zealand Album of the Year.
Back again: Four-piece band Lawrence Arabia fronted by James Milne are returning to Wanaka after this sold out performance at the Wanaka Festival of Colour.