Waipū teenage te reo metal band Alien Weaponry start their Australasian tour today with a gig in Tauranga.
The band, brothers Henry De Jong and Lewis De Jong, and Ethan Trembath, have had a busy last 12 months, playing at some of the largest music festivals in Europe, including Wacken Open Air in Germany, a goal they have had since they were kids.
They also supported industrial legends Ministry on a 22-date North American tour. As well debut album Tū has been praised around the globe for its unique mix of metal and te reo Maori.
The trio have been on a roll since winning Smokefree Rockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats in 2016 and are now starting their first Australasian tour, although they won't be playing in Northland as part of this tour.
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The band also has gigs in Hamilton, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington before heading across the Tasman.