The Butlers are gearing up to play the TSB Festival of Lights in New Plymouth

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The Butlers are playing at the TSB Festival of Lights on Janurary 8.

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The Butlers are playing at the TSB Festival of Lights on Janurary 8.

Rising surf-rock band The Butlers are set to take the Hatchery Lawn stageas part of the TSB Festival of Lights entertainment schedule.

Hailing from the seaside suburb of Sumner in Christchurch, the five-piece – George Berry, Walt Robberds, Brad King, Stingy Hooligan and Jordan Kennedy – has managed to take the music scene by storm.

Their self-titled debut album was in the top 20 of the New Zealand Album Charts soon after its release in 2017 and gained more than three million streams on music platform Spotify. The band went on to release another self-titled album in 2019.

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The band is shrouded with a little mystery as the keyboard and saxophone player, Stingy Hooligan, is always wearing a full face mask and has never revealed his face.

In the last 18 months the group has consistently sold out nationwide tours and has had slots at nearly every major Kiwi festival including Rhythm and Vines, Bay Dreams and Electric Avenue, with a full summer ahead of them.

They’ve even toured in Australia, opening for Sticky Fingers and The Tesky Brothers.

Their 13-show American tour, scheduled for May, was postponed due to Covid-19. After lockdown the band had a staycation in Kaikōura to write new music.

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The Butlers will be on stage at the New Plymouth District Council-run festival from 8.30pm on January 8.

Local band Sonic Delusion are also playing on the same night from 8pm to 9.30pm at the Fred Parker Lawn.

The following day reggae band L.A.B will play at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, the first of four major Kiwi concerts at the outdoor venue this summer.



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