Synthony will take over Auckland’s Spark Arena on Friday 30th October with its unique combination of electronic dance music anthems played with the full might of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, plus special guests from across the Kiwi music spectrum.
The arena spectacular will be its most ambitious production yet; a “highlights” selection of crowd favourites from past shows, and is part of the lineup for Auckland’s newest festival ‘Elemental AKL’ - a series of events throughout October which celebrates the stories, culture, and cuisine of Tāmaki Makaurau, in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
Synthony is no ordinary orchestral experience. With an epic backdrop of visuals, lasers, and a state of the art sound system, it’s a magical, uplifting, hands-in-the-air dance party like no other. This celebration of dance music is more than just a show... it takes the audience on a journey. A journey back through their most memorable electronic experiences, track after track, fans are taken down memory lane and celebrate dance music that is embedded into their subconscious.
Conducted by Peter Thomas and hosted by George FM DJ General Lee, the lineup for the Auckland show features DJ sets by Greg Churchill, Dick Johnson, and Otosan, plus guest performances by P-Digsss (Shapeshifter), Jason Kerrison, Laughton Kora, Jenny B (Corona), Ria Hall, Helen Corry, Cherie Mathieson, Nate Dousand, Ella Monnery and Lewis McCallum.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tumultuous rollercoaster for event promoters. The Synthony tour was due to be announced just days before New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown and the future of the tour all of a sudden became awfully uncertain. Shows across Australia, Asia, and the US were in the pipeline for 2020. Months of preparation and negotiations with artists, venues, and sponsors were all dashed, and the team behind Synthony had to rebuild the program all over again.
Synthony founder and producer, Erika Amoore says she’s incredibly excited to bring Kiwis an outstanding musical showcase based on performances of the world’s best dance music, performed solely by Kiwi musicians.
“Given the circumstances, it’s amazing to be able to pull together the 200+ local artists and crew that make these events happen. Even with our borders closed to international musicians, we have all the talent we need right here.”
Eager Kiwi dance music fans around the country will have one hand in the air, and one hand on the mouse hovering over the ‘Buy Tickets’ button as the 2020/21 tickets are released on 5th August. The sole Auckland show is expected to sell out within minutes of the announcement, as it has in previous years. Guests are urged to pre-register for the on-sale announcement at www.synthony.com
Founded in 2017 by DJ and producer, Erika Amoore and fellow Kiwi David Elmsly, Synthony sold out its first ever show at the Auckland Town Hall to a packed house and unprecedented reviews. The show’s creation brought together key New Zealand talent, with Peter Thomas, conductor and music director of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra believing in the unique concept and enlisted the services of Ryan Youens, an arranger with hundreds of professional credits to his name, including film scores for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.
After sold-out events at Auckland Town Hall in 2017 and 2018, Duco Events, a major event promoter with a 16-year track-record, purchased the concept with an ambitious long-term vision to expand the event from one city to multiple venues and cities across the globe. In 2019, they took the show to Australia, and also sold out five shows across NZ later that year. Over six shows, four orchestras, and hundreds of musicians played to over 14,000 fans in 2019.
In 2020, Synthony will now stage its biggest ever NZ-wide tour, supporting the live music industry’s recovery post COVID19. Synthony will return to Australia in 2021, followed by other international markets.
2020/21 DATES & LOCATIONS:
Friday 30th October, Spark Arena, Auckland
Saturday 12th December, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
Friday 12th February, TSB Arena, Wellington
Saturday 20th March, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
(plus others to be announced!)
All tickets are available through www.synthony.com
For more information on Elemental Festival, see Elementalfestival.co.nz
Follow Synthony on Instagram @synthonyshow #synthonyshow
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2019 Synthony Grand Finale at Wellington’s TSB Arena https://youtu.be/ig8glM-fCeg
Darude ‘Sandstorm’ performed by Synthony https://youtu.be/y0C6MPXviIU
Fisher ‘Losing It’ performed by Synthony https://youtu.be/_AwoBmfi08w
Downloadable video files available upon request
About Elemental AKL
Elemental AKL is Auckland’s newest arts and culture festival with a captivating programme of arts, eats and beats. From 1 – 31 October, more than 30 free and ticketed events will transform eateries and bars, theatres, public spaces and more across Tamaki Makaurau. Elemental AKL is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland’s economic development agency. The Elemental AKL festival programme will be available on 3 August 2020.
For further information about Elemental AKL, please contact Rebecca Foote at ATEED on 021 389 150 or