We asked Toby Laing of Fat Freddys Drop, who is one of the many local music stars hitting the beach pub circuit in the coming weeks, to discuss the joys of touring and what it's like to have a job keeping the holidaying hordes entertained.
Your preferred transport for summer touring?
Whatever it is, it must be chauffeur-driven! Be it quad bike, or Corolla.
Who does the driving and who's not allowed to drive?
I'm not allowed to drive. Shotgun is where it's at for a spot of summer time mind-wandering.
What's on the car stereo?
My daughter will no doubt insist on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
If you had a talking GPS in the vehicle what famous voice would you want?
How about Prince Tui Teka?
Your favourite summer venue?
I'm pretty easy to please. Preferably somewhere out of the city, under a shady tree.
Favourite spot on tour itinerary which isn't a venue?
Hopefully someone will take me out sailing for an afternoon.
Any New Year's Eve gig traditions?
Possibly, if you include the bit after midnight as well, but I'm usually in bed asleep by then.
What's the difference between a summer pub crowd and a winter city pub audience?
That sounds like the start of a funny riddle. The punchline might have something to do with jandals. We get some outstanding audiences all over the place, but it is true that there is a more festive and celebratory atmosphere at the summer shows. Everyone is relieved that the silly season is over - especially us!
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What's this year's likely encore song. Is it the same as last year's?
We'll take suggestions on the day. I'll be putting in my two cents for Shiverman.
Can you really call this work?
Well, there are aspects that are quite "worky" ... okay, probably not.
Dates: Corogold Festival, Whitianga, Dec 30 (sold out); La De Da Festival, Martinborough, New Year's Eve; Ascension Vineyard, Matakana, Jan 2; Black Barn Vineyard, Havelock North, Jan 7.