The one and only Lucy Dacus returns to Aotearoa this June with her band to play two very special shows:
June 4 in Auckland at Hollywood Avondale
June 5 in Wellington at Meow.
Recently labelled as “one of the best songwriters of her generation” by Rolling Stone, Lucy Dacus arrives in New Zealand on the back of her sold out UK / EU Tour.
Last here in 2019 for a scorching show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork, Lucy Dacus returns to grace the stages of West Auckland’s iconic live music destination the Hollywood Avondale, while Wellington will finally get their Lucy moment at Meow.
Fans can expect to catch Dacus playing songs from her celebrated album Home Video (out now on Matador / Remote Control), which was featured in countless ‘best albums of 2021’ lists. The New York Times said “Lucy Dacus’s wrenching third studio album [Home Video] is as much an achievement of memoir as it is of songwriting”, while The Guardian called it “some of the year’s best musical storytelling .. her writing newly amplified by subtle hints of pop propulsion and grit that evoked how Elliott Smith expanded his sound” and Time Magazine enthused “the best lyrics aren’t just beautifully poetic or descriptive, but also conjure a whole universe that lies just beyond them and out of reach... Lucy Dacus is a master at this craft”.
Home Video was built on an interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, Virginia. Many songs start the way a memoir might - “In the summer of ’07 I was sure I’d go to heaven, but I was hedging my bets at VBS” - and all of them have the compassion, humor, and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. Most importantly and mysteriously, this album displays Lucy Dacus’s ability to use the personal as portal into the universal. “I can’t hide behind generalizations or fiction anymore,” Lucy says, though talking about these songs, she admits, makes her ache.
Lucy Dacus’ voice has a healer’s power to soothe and ground and reckon - New Zealand audiences are in for a very special treat.
Please note this show is All Ages, but we recommend attending with an adult. If you're aged 14 and under you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.