Northland launch for JGeeks tour

By Annette Lambly

The group that had the New Zealand's Got Talent studio audience on their feet, the judges scrambling to find superlatives and television viewers wowed, will take centre stage in Northland this month.

Fresh from their fourth place in the talent competition, the JGeeks open their national tour - performing in Dargaville, Kaitaia, Opononi and Whangarei. -

Community development facilitator Heidi Dreyer said Kaipara District Council had sought the inclusion of Dargaville as it was hoped the group would appeal to the young people of the district.

"Each year we try to put on something special for youth and JGeeks has something for everyone. It's a real coup getting them here."

The group's performance is a mix of humour, dance, song, acrobatics and modern takes on Maori mythology.

Local supporting acts will include Brooke Menzies, who also proved a popular act on New Zealand's Got Talent as well as guitarist Taz Nesbit and other young artists.

The council conducted a survey asking young people their preference between Titanium or JGeeks with 80 per cent wanting JGeeks.

The group had already made a name for itself on social media before the competition, but it now has had more than five million views on YouTube.

Jermaine Leef, founder of JGeeks, said: "We are so looking forward to coming and doing the show,"

While they are disappointed at not winning the competition, "it gave us a chance to show New Zealand the modern Maori man: metro, ripped, funny, crazy, and artistic" and they have been delighted with the public's response he said.

Tickets are available from Kaipara District Council offices in Kaiwaka and Dargaville at $10 each or an "early bird" special of $35 for four. Other Northland performances are Kaitaia January 28, Opononi January 29 and Whangarei January 30.

- Northern Advocate

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