The Essential One Drop featuring Fat Freddy's Drop (with TrinityRoots, Cornerstone Roots and The Nudge)
The heavyweight line-up bring One Drop to Matakana's Ascension Wine Estate on Monday 2 January 2012, almost a decade after they all stepped it up on the same stage at Raglan and Kaikoura festivals in the summer of 2003.
The recently reformed TrinityRoots will feature new drummer/vocalist Jean Pompey bringing her chops to the hypnotic reggae dub jazz waka, while Cornerstone Roots represent the classic cool wave of conscious roots reggae.
The seven-headed Freddy's soul monster will be flying high with fresh material, spanning soul and reggae, to house and Afro-beat, road tested over the past year across Australia and on two tours to UK and Europe in July and September.
From selling out O2 Brixton Academy in London, Freddy's off-shore tour highlights included playing on Europe's second biggest PA system at Fete de L'Huma Festival, Paris, playing to 3000 fans for two sold out nights at Melkweg, Amsterdam, selling out Vega, Copenhagen a month before the show and sold out shows in five German cities. In 2011, Freddy's has co-headlined festivals with Prince, Grace Jones, The Roots, Joan Baez, Eryka Badu and The Kooks, and with the band fully established internationally, enjoying the luxury of travelling across Europe in two nightliner buses.
One Drop at Matakana's Ascension Wine Estate is an all ages event with gates opening from 5pm. Fat Freddy's Drop then head to Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North on Saturday 7 January. Bringing the One Drop vibe to Black Barn will be special guests The Nudge, with their high-energy swampy psychedelic blues celebrated on the recently released Big Nudge Pie album and tour. The Black Barn show is all ages, and gates open from 6pm.
One Drop tickets go on sale Tuesday 25 October and will be available from http://amplifier.co.nz and at the venues.