The band is the first to be unveiled as part of a hand-picked line-up of national talent which will include singers, dancers, artists and more.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) is joined by Six60, Clayton Kimpton, Commissioner General for New Zealand Expo (L) Damien O'Connor, Minister of Trade and Export Growth (CL) Chris Seed, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade (R) Rino Tirakatene, Parliamentary Under Secretary (LB) during the New Zealand at Expo 2020 event at the Park Hyatt on March 18, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
Six60, New Zealand’s highest selling live group, will be part of New Zealand's entertainment and culture programme for Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Six60 has recently gained international interest as the first band in the world to play to a live audience of thousands in a stadium since the Covid pandemic started – a testament to how successfully the country has been able to tackle the pandemic. Having sold an incredible 130,000 tickets around the country so far this summer, the band have just announced they will play the first show at Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium on 24 April 2021. The five-piece band were formed in 2008 and are known for their iconic sound and song-writing skills which cross several genres including pop rock, reggae, soul and R&B. One of their most well-known singles “Don’t Forget Your Roots” has gone four times platinum and scooped the prestigious title of single of the year at the New Zealand Music Awards.
“Our entertainment and cultural programme, which is curated by Parris Goebel, includes a diverse range of New Zealand talent from dancers and singers to artists and cultural performers with a particular emphasis on those with Māori and Pasifika roots. We’re working with some very new, up-and-coming young talent right through to the established groups like Six60 and we know visitors will be thoroughly entertained,” says Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020 Dubai.
Six60 perform during the New Zealand at Expo 2020 event at the Park Hyatt on March 18, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
"As a band we have never played in Dubai or been to Dubai together so we are very excited to be participating in Expo 2020. In fact, we've never played anywhere in the Middle East and anytime you can bring your music to a new crowd it's exciting. We're hoping to give visitors the SIX60 experience; a great time, great music and a great show. We have incorporated some traditional Māori instruments and Te Reo Māori into some of our most recent recordings which will probably be very unique for international visitors,” commented Ji Fraser, guitarist, Six60.
“I have selected artists to represent the diversity, creativity and uniqueness of New Zealand as Expo 2020 Dubai is a prime opportunity to showcase the sounds of Aotearoa which are not often heard across the globe. I cannot wait to share our tremendous talent with audiences and I’ll be unveiling more of the programme in the run-up to the start of Expo – so stay tuned!” says creative director and choreographer, Parris Goebel.