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Past event

French for Rabbits

Sat 12 Dec, 4pm and 7.30pm

Ethereal dream-pop luminaries French for Rabbits create music that feels as if it were crafted from the fabric of the New Zealand landscape—guitar lines gliding and unfurling like salty waves breaking, drums echoing against isolated coastlines, and harmonies glistening like sun rays upon rippling ocean currents. They will be bringing their naturistic musical alchemy to intimate venues around New Zealand on The Dark Arts tour in November and December, with two multi-dimensional shows at City Gallery, featuring video projections. Their setlist will showcase music from their forthcoming third album. Don't miss this glimpse of a record which promises to be their most instantly engaging, timely, and optimistic set of songs to date.  

Local indie-folk group Grawlixes will open both shows. 


Originally formed in the small coastal township of Waikuku Beach by vocalist and songwriter Brooke Singer and guitarist John Fitzgerald, the band expanded to include multi-instrumentalists Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots, Dawn Diver) and Penelope Esplin (Grawlixes), and drummer Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa. They have released three records including their 2012 New Zealand Music Award–nominated debut EP Claimed by the Sea, and have since established themselves as a world-class act creating intelligent, evocative music for the discerning listener. They’ve performed alongside Lorde, Agnes Obel, and Marlon Williams, and their music has appeared on TV series including The Vampire Diaries, Switched at Birth, and Being Human. They spent 2019 touring in the US and working on their new record, due in 2021.