Hamilton-based event promoter and apparel brand Skip The Boat will set off on their debut multi-city tour of New Zealand in September 2023! Headlined by acts Kamiyada+, Phi11a, and Vile, the show gets on the road on September 15 in Auckland, later heading to Wellington, Dunedin and more. Grab your tickets from The Ticket Fairy.
After detonating a slew of hard-hitting shows in 2022, Skip The Boat is set to take you on a pilgrimage of chaos torched by industrial hip-hop, rap, rock, punk, trap metal music, and more. With assistance from the brand’s newest technology – Artificial Understanding and Response Algorithm aka AURA, the promoters are set to produce five epic shows at Whammy Bar in Auckland (September 15), LAST PLACE BAR in Hamilton (September 16), Valhalla in Wellington (September 20), Darkroom in Christchurch (September 22), and Yours in Dunedin (September 23). Alternative rapper Kamiyada+ will be seen beside Aussie artist Phi11a and ‘IMISSTHISSHIT’ famed Vile on the forthcoming tour.
Auckland’s Whammy Bar will host the first show of the tour, which will see the headliners accompanied by Durban-born and Auckland-bred musician Jason Leigh and freestyle rapper Eliezer. Jason Leigh was also on the line-up when Skip The Boat visited Auckland in July this year and programmed Matt Ox and Christ Dillinger. The rest of the Skip The Boat experience will see acts like King Bushido, Chasemayne, Chronic Shnxman, Will Onvx, $cXrti, Ka$$iu$, and Ily.Ka$per barrage stages, with more artists yet to be revealed.
Jason Leigh weighed in on the promoters and his upcoming set with us, saying, “Skip the Boat is amazing and has such an awesome drive and dream for the NZ music scene that he doesn’t get enough credit for, I’m excited to play this gig, and I get to perform with such amazing artists, I have two songs with Kamiyada out that will be amazing to show live, I want people to know that I will be showcasing a completely different vibe than what I’ve previously released and am excited for people to hear.”
The tour was announced in mid-August, with early bird tickets selling out within two days of the announcement, which lends credence to Skip The Boats asserting that they have “merely scratched the surface of what they aspire to achieve.” Skip The Boat was founded in January 2020 to spotlight the underground music scene by curating events and merchandise. The term ‘Boat’ refers to mainstream music, art, and fashion that fully eclips local talent, hence Skip The Boat.
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