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LAB performs at the Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth. Singer Joel Shadbolt.
LAB is racking up rehearsal hours as he prepares to kick off his final New Zealand tour at the Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday, January 8.
One of the big winners of the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards, when the band won four Tuis including Album of the Year and Single of the Year, LAB will return to the Bowl for the third year in a row.
“It’s definitely my favorite place in the country,” frontman Joel Shadbolt said. “The first time we played there it was a Womad, then last year with our own show, it was also really special. I’m so happy to come back for a third year in a row.
Emphasizing exactly why he enjoys playing there so much, Shadbolt said it was a combination of factors.
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“Being a bit of a small town, it’s more of a sort of destination place, and it has its own vibe in a way. No matter what in Auckland or wherever, but they get the big gigs all the time whereas in Taranaki it’s a special occasion and people are there to really party.
Over 12,000 fans took the opportunity to play last summer, and LAB is hoping the lineup from supporting groups including veteran Sir Dave Dobbyn, Katchafire, JessB, Summer Thieves and RIIKI will prove to be even more engaging. for fans this year.
The guys were up for six awards.
In addition to an impressive list of supporting acts, LAB has also added a percussionist to their set.
“We’re also going to have something special with Dave, too,” Shadbolt said. “We have done everything to try to get the best training possible. “
Bringing their sound together on stage is not lacking in effort, especially after the release of LAB V, their fifth album in five years.
“We rehearsed the last five weekends before the (Aotearoa) Music Awards and we had a big production rehearsal in Auckland with the team,” added Shadbolt.
“There’s a lot of time and energy going that people don’t see.”
A weekend they did and an eight hour rehearsal at Whakatāne and the following Wednesday they did a “six hour rehearsal when Dave (Dobbyn) arrived with our drums guy, our backing vocals and our whole crew. “.
Shadbolt said that while he was constantly looking to see how Covid-19 performed across the country, he was confident their national tour would continue.
After LAB, the next big Bowl concerts will be Synthony’s return on February 5, followed by the three-day Womad Festival, which kicks off on March 18.