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Norwegian pop icons a-ha have announced their first-ever New Zealand show will take place in March 2020.
And as a bonus treat, they are bringing with them the man who is never ever gonna give you up, that’s right, Mr Rick Astley.
A-ha dominated pop charts worldwide during the ’80s but never quite made it to New Zealand stages, so we’re very excited for the special circumstances that bring them our way. They’ll be celebrating the 35th anniversary of their hugely influential debut album Hunting High and Low – that’s right, the album chockful of huge bangers including ‘Take On Me’. Yes, we can hear you singing along right now.
The trio will perform the classic album in full, alongside choice cuts from throughout their career, so this tour is set to be an extra special treat for New Zealand fans.
“We can’t wait to play in New Zealand for the first time – we’ll be comparing your fjords with our Norwegian ones,” the band’s guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy says.
While a-ha have remained one of the UK and Europe’s most-loved bands, and regularly feature in stadiums and on festival bills, the closest they’ve gotten to our stages was their 1986 Australian tour, which was in fact to celebrate the release of this very album.
Turning the ’80s-throwback pop factor up to 100, the addition of special guest Rick Astley makes this special show absolutely unmissable. As an added bonus one of our absolute favourite up and coming indie-pop band The Beths will also be along for the ride.
A-ha will team up with Rick Astley to tour New Zealand in March 2020, tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.co.nz.