Dunedin band Six60 is hitting the road for a unique tour playing small venues around New Zealand, recording each show to create a new live album.

Starting at lead singer Matiu Walter’s marae in the Far North on April 9 and finishing up on Stewart Island on May 14, the band will play 23 shows across the country at “exclusively small venues”.

These recordings will make up their upcoming album Best Of The Grassroots Tour.

“For years on social media, fans have been asking us to record acoustic versions of our songs, for weddings, funerals and everything in between,” said the band in a statement.

“We felt that if we were ever going to do it, we wanted to do it with our fans, that’s what excites us, bringing the people that made us the band we are, made the songs into the hits they are along for the ride.

“We can’t wait to visit these special pockets of Aotearoa and bring these songs to life in a way we have never done before.”

The staging of the shows is set to mirror a “recording studio”, in an effort to make fans feel like “a fly on the wall in the studio with the guys”, said the promoter on its website.

Hawke’s Bay performer Makayla, who is the latest artist signed to Six60’s record label, will open each show.

It is a major change in pace for the celebrated Kiwi band, who sold out Western Springs in 2018, the first local band to do so.

The “extremely limited” tickets go on sale today, and are expected to sell out fast.

Promoters have confirmed that no additional dates will be added at any location.

“Fans are encouraged to get in quickly to ensure they secure their spot at what promises to be a unique, intimate and very memorable night with New Zealand’s biggest band SIX60.”

The tour announcement comes after founding member Eli Paewai decided to leave the band earlier this month.

“Being a founding member of SIX60 has been one of the most fulfilling things in my life. That is why it is so difficult to announce that I will be retiring from my role as SIX60’s drummer,” Paewai said on the band’s social media pages.

“I am so grateful for my time on stage, the support of the fans, and especially for my time with the boys.”

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