Wed 20 Feb 2013 – CBS Arena, Canterbury
Thu 21 Feb 2013 – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Fri 22 Feb 2013 – Vector Arena, Auckland
Sat 23 Feb 2013 – Opera House, Wellington
Acclaimed Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make their debut NZ appearance this February, stopping in at Christchurch's CBS Arena on the 20th, Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on the 21st, Auckland's Vector Arena on the 22nd and Wellington's Opera House on the 23rd.
Macklemore (known to his mother as Ben Haggerty) has been a mainstay on the Seattle hip hop scene since his high school days, but his obsession with the genre began much earlier. From a ridiculously young age Haggerty and his friends would make each other mix-tapes of tracks their tender ears should probably have not been listening to.
Haggerty's social conscience was awakened by the de-facto segregation he witnessed at his own high school and adjoining neighbourhoods. Realising that police only ever fired their guns 'in the hood', he began working in a juvenile correctional facility as part of their music therapy program.
But his own life has not been without its struggles. An addiction to prescription painkillers led to a fallow period in the mid 2000s, but when he cleaned up in 2008 he began collaborating with Ryan Lewis which led to the eventual release in 2012 of their highly acclaimed album The Heist, which floored critics and reached #1 on the US and Australian ITunes sales charts.
The Heist is not only notable for stellar sales but also for its impassioned lyrics about everything from gay rights ('Same Love'), consumerism ('Wings') sobriety and relapsing ('Starting Over') and even his own discomfort with 'white priviledge' ('A Wake'), aided and abetted by Ryan Lewis' ' vast, daring and layered production'. Together they have created something truly unique - a instant party-starter that also makes you think.
Upsizing venues in this current climate is testament to the success of this artist.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ single ‘Thrift Shop’, from the debut album ‘Heist’ has been charting at #1 all over the world. The song spent 9 weeks holding the #1 spot in New Zealand, the new single ‘Same Love’ has taken over and is now #1 on the NZ Music Charts.
Due to the HUGE demand for tickets for these shows the Auckland venue has been changed from the Logan Campbell Centre to Vector Stadium.