Auckland, 23 September, Vodafone Events Centre
Two of rock music’s most iconic international stars, Sir Bob Geldof and Mick Fleetwood, will appear together in Auckland for a one-off event where they will reveal a side of themselves never seen before.
A gala dinner crossed with a concert - featuring the superstar duo in conversation, followed by performances by some of New Zealand’s most gifted musicians - is the latest innovative offering by Duco Events, in partnership with Play it Strange.
Playing It Strange, Geldof v Fleetwood, will see The Boomtown Rats and Live Aid founder, Sir Bob Geldof and Fleetwood Mac legend Mick Fleetwood in a candid interactive discussion moderated by former Split Enz member Mike Chunn about the most intimate details of their careers, with the captivating live Q&A followed by a full concert set.
Featuring some of the all-time favourite songs of Geldof and Fleetwood, the set will be performed by a hand-picked list of New Zealand’s top artists, such as Don McGlashan, James Reid and Jason Kerrison, in combination with high school-aged performers and singers from the Play It Strange charity stable.
“I am delighted to be returning to Auckland again and meeting up with Mick” said Geldof.
“To bring together such massive names as Mick Fleetwood and Sir Bob Geldof and have them speaking in an intimate setting is incredibly rare,” Duco Events director David Higgins said.
“We’re talking about two international music icons chatting about the history of music, recounting untold stories and anecdotes from their incredible careers, and then presenting what they feel is some of the greatest music ever created.
“It’s the type of evening that those fortunate enough to attend will never forget.”
Mr Higgins said the inspiration for the event came from an incredible event he attended in Los Angeles in 2016.
“I was privileged to attend the world’s pre-eminent charity concert, the Grammy organisation’s MusiCares Person of the Year – a black tie dinner at L.A. Convention Centre for several thousand people.
“In LA I witnessed Bob Dylan receive an award from President Jimmy Carter, and probably the greatest line-up of musicians ever assembled each perform a Bob Dylan song.
“I realised New Zealand had few, if any, high-end annual charity concerts – a fantastic dinner, with topical discussion, followed by a curated concert set list featuring some of the world’s greatest music.
“So when Mike Chunn, the chief executive of Playing It Strange, approached us looking to partner on an annual event we set out together to create something quite unique and special.”
This year’s event will raise much needed funding for the Play It Strange Trust, a charity formed in 2003 to provide pathways for aspiring young Kiwi songwriters.
“Play It Strange applauds Duco Events for pledging the fund-raising proceeds to further the impact of the Play It Strange trust,” chief executive Mike Chunn said.
“Play It Strange promotes the ethos of song writing by young New Zealanders – as a buoyant, vibrant craft of the imagination, and that the national voice of our youth is propagated from their words and music. Their songs are unique and engaging. The Duco funding will enhance and expand our song writing programmes and the vivid impact they have.”
“This event is unique in New Zealand history; we have never before seen a format of such scope and quality. The plan is to create a legacy event, still going in 20 years’ time, featuring giants of music history on stage in candid discussion.”
The event, which features a four-course banquet dinner, Q&A, live concert and charity auction takes place at the Vodafone Events Centre on 23 September.
Playing it Strange, Geldof v Fleetwood, Q&A, 4 Course Dinner, Concert
Date: 23 September, 2019
Venue: Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau
Corporate Hospitality: Tables of Ten start from $2950+GST or Individual seats from $295+GST (Booking Fees Apply)
General Admission Tickets: $129 + Booking Fee from Eventfinda.co.nz
Booking Enquiries: www.ducoevents.com
For more information contact:
Duco Events - CEO
+64 21 435 415
Play it Strange - CEO
+64 27 556 9114