'Hope he's ready to experience a Dunedin party' - NZ's Six60 and Drax Project announced as Ed Sheeran's opening acts

Kiwi band Six60 are hoping Ed Sheeran is "ready to experience a Dunedin party" after being announced as one of two New Zealand opening acts for the shows. 

Sheeran is set to perform six shows in Auckland and Dunedin in March and April. 

This morning Frontier Touring confirmed who will be "sharing support duties" across his shows, confirming Drax Project will perform in Auckland and Six60 in Dunedin. 

Sheeran said Drax Project are "doing really great stuff at the moment" and added "they hail from one of my favourite places in the world, Wellington, so extra points there."

In response, the group said they are beyond excited. 

"We take so much inspiration from seeing what he has done, especially as he's come up from similarly humble beginnings to ourselves. We love his songwriting and are all massive fans," Drax Project said in a statement. 

Sheeran stated that he's been told he's breaking a record in Dunedin for the "most number of concerts" and said it's "great to have Six60 on board."

Chris Mac of Six60 replied by saying, "We really wanted to bring our fans something epic in Dunedin and teaming up with Ed Sheeran seemed like a no brainer to make that happen.

"We just hope he’s ready to experience a Dunedin party," Mac said. 

More acts are set to be announced ahead of his highly anticipated tour. 

The English star says the social media platform is full of people being mean.
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Watch: 'Hopeless romantic' Lionel Richie chats with Hilary Barry ahead of NZ tour

Kiwi fans of American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie will have chance to see him perform in New Zealand later this year.

Richie is holding a show in Auckland (April 12) and one in Christchurch (April 15).

TVNZ1 Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry spoke with Richie today where he described himself as a "hopless romantic".

Watch the video to see the full interview.

The US singer is coming to our shores in April. Source: Seven Sharp

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Dave Dobbyn to perform at Auckland Concert Celebrating Diversity alongside autism and tourette's artists

Artists from the Tourette Syndrome and autism communities will be included in a concert in Auckland in April celebrating diversity, alongside Dave Dobbyn and other top Kiwi artists.

We Are One - A Concert Celebrating Diversity follows a Concert for Autism last year.

The concert is being organised by Play It Strange - which fosters songwriting, performance, and recording - partnering with Newmarket Rotary.   

Iconic Kiwi artists including Dave Dobbyn and Suzanne Lynch will be taking the stage to celebrate diversity and recognise talent and courage. 

Organisers say this year’s event aims to create awareness and empathy and provide opportunities for young students to get on stage and celebrate with professional musicians.

"The We Are One concert has established itself as a truly communal and powerful event," said Play It Strange Trust CEO, Mike Chunn.

“With performances featuring three generations of the one family, Tourette’s and ASD (autism) musicians, Play It Strange songwriters and iconic NZ artists, the concept of We Are One is realised, providing a window into what our vibrant nation has to celebrate.”

The all-ages concert will raise funds for the Play It Strange Trust, with contributions also going to Autism NZ and Tourette’s Association of NZ.

The concert, with food and refreshments beforehand, will be held on the evening of Saturday April 14 at Sacred Heart College Auditorium in Glendowie.

Dave Dobbyn Source: Supplied