Ocean Alley – Live @ The Hunter Lounge – Wellington

Ocean Alley – Live @ The Hunter Lounge – Wellington

Ocean Alley return and what a return they make! With an all up six stops on their New Zealand tour, this is the third gig after two sold-out Auckland Powerhouse gigs and the first of two full-capacity Wellington shows before heading to the South Island.

WORDS BY VICTORIA FRASER – PHOTOS BY NICHOLE DAVIS

The Wellington community scene is evident as we come together to celebrate the lush sounds of Ocean Valley on a typical cold Wellington day. But this didn’t stop the dedicated fans as they pack into the Hunter Lounge early to get a good spot. The environment is instantly buzzing with excitement – you know this is a sold out event with a sea of fans here to see this well-respected band.

One fan, eagerly anticipating their arrival says “I love Ocean Alley. This is my first time seeing them as I came across them 4-5 months ago and haven’t stopped listening to them since.”-  Jess Mence

Tunes of I open, and set the perfect scene with their soulful tunes. Cheering and whistling with the smooth sounds, their remix of Redbone gets everyone singing along.

Ocean Alley come to stage and the crowd cheers with enthusiasm. With their opening track ‘Corduroy’ everyone starts slowly bopping along taking it all in.

The crowd amps up as the band play ‘Knees’- definitely a crowd favourite and everyone is instantly singing along to all the lyrics along with ‘Yellow’ and ‘Baby and come back.’ There are smiles all round, hands in the air and a clear connection to the bands music.

As they play their last song on set, the crowd cheers for an encore – and cheers even louder when the band return to the stage to play a hit! A great gig and it’s no doubt that the New Zealand crowd will be eagerly waiting their next return!

After their New Zealand tour Ocean Alley are out on a 32 gig tour of the United States and Canada over 6 weeks with three already sold out shows and 12 shows on final tickets. They took out triple j top 100 with song ‘confidence’ taken from the album ‘Chiaroscuro’. The 15th ever Australian song to take out the top 100. As well as having a second song ‘knees’ coming in at number 10. Ocean Alley’s cover of Player’s 1977 song Baby Come Back came in at number 16, and their track Happy Sad kicked off the countdown at number 100. Ocean Alley have just finished an 8 show tour of Australia opening for Tash Sultana with her album flow state. Ocean Alley are from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Set list:

  1. Corduroy
  2. The Comedown
  3. Hold On
  4. Muddy
  5. Knees
  6. Stained Glass
  7. Yellow
  8. Partner in Crime
  9. Holiday
  10. Overgrown
  11. Frostbite
  12. Man You Were
  13. Rage
  14. Bones
  15. Flowers
  16. Lemon
  17. Confidence
  18. Baby Come Back
  19. Happy/Sad

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