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Drum­mer Dar­ren Mathi­assen has opened for Cold­play and is part of one of New Zealand’smost pop­u­lar bands. But noth­ing beats play­ing to his home crowd.

The Welling­to­nian will play with Shapeshifter at McEwen Park, Pe­tone, on De­cem­ber 27.

‘‘Any Shapeshifter show is epic, but there’s some­thing spe­cial about bring­ing it back home,’’ he said.

Mathi­assen said the prox­im­ity to Christ­mas wouldn’t put him off gorg­ing on food and drink, but the show would be a good way to work off the ex­tra calo­ries.

‘‘With Shapeshifter it’s a to­tal full- body work­out. I’ll shed those calo­ries. It’s a healthy choice.’’

The Pe­tone show, with Kora and Sun­shine Soundsys­tem, is part of a se­ries around New Zealand be­fore the release of the band’s sixth stu­dio al­bum in the new year.

‘‘I’mex­cited. There’s some epic drops. We’re go­ing to be giv­ing a lit­tle pre­view of one track on this tour.’’

De­spite hav­ing trav­elled the world for his mu­sic, Welling­ton re­mains Mathi­assen’s home.

‘‘Knock­ing around the Welling­ton scene is awesome. There are great mu­si­cians and such a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity vibe about the scene. That sets it apart from the rest of the coun­try and a lot of places in­ter­na­tion­ally.’’

Mathi­assen has opened for global su­per­stars such as Mos Def, Cold­play, Dr John and Sim­ply Red, but said there was some­thing spe­cial about play­ing with Shapeshifter.

‘‘I’ve done a lot of chal­leng­ing work, but with Shapeshifter it has definitely ex­panded my ca­pa­bil­ity set. It’s the big­gest riot.’’

Tick­ets to the De­cem­ber 27 show are avail­able from shapeshifter.co.nz.

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