Villainy Announce Raised In The Dark Album Release Tour


Hot on the heels of a triumphant performance to a capacity crowd at Homegrown, rockers Villainy have just announced a nationwide tour, which will coincide with the release of their highly-anticipated third album, RAISED IN THE DARK.

Villainy will play Blue Smoke in Christchurch on Friday, July 12; 50 Gorillas in Dunedin on Saturday, July 13; The Royal in Palmerston North on Friday, July 19; San Fran in Wellington on Saturday, July 20; Totara Street in The Mount on Friday, July 26 and the Powerstation in Auckland on Saturday, July 27.

Tickets are on sale midday, Friday, March 29 at

Today’s announcement follows the release of Villainy’s new single Dreams - an uplifting slacker anthem, wrapped around the generational catch-cry “No-one gives a f*** about your dreams’ the track is a bluntly direct anthem to inspire and provoke.

A shift into new territory, ‘Dreams’ gives fans a taste of what’s to come on the band’s third full-length album, RAISED IN THE DARK – released on July 12.

"We went all in on this record and over 12 months wrote literally 107 songs before picking the ones that made the grade. Beneath all the smashing, screaming and noise there is real honesty and vulnerability to this album which we're really proud of." says frontman Neill Fraser.

Full of passion and pace, it also captures the frenetic high-energy of Villainy’s renowned live performances, as witnessed at Homegrown in Wellington. Playing to an overcapacity crowd at Homegrown’s new outdoor stage just as the sun went down, saw the band hold the audience in the palm of their hands with unison jumps, multiple singalongs and an inflatable boat harbouring Fraser surfing across a sea of hands.

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We were really humbled that so many people knew the songs word for word, it was a privilege playing to such an engaged and connected crowd.

Since arriving in 2011 with game-changing single Alligator Skin, Villainy (James Dylan, Neill Fraser, Dave Johnston and Thom Watts) have been redefining what’s possible with rock in New Zealand. Their first two albums MODE.SET.CLEAR and DEAD SIGHT debuted at #1 and won NZ Music Awards for Best Rock Album. Villainy have also appeared at countless festivals as well as being hand-picked to open for AC/DC during their New Zealand stadium tour, most recently toured with iconic Kiwi rock stars, Shihad, and opened for the legendary Incubus on their New Zealand tour.

Now, with RAISED IN THE DARK promising to be Villainy’s most ambitious and adventurous release yet, this is your chance to see one of New Zealand’s best rock bands live at the peak of their powers!

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Villainy want to look after fans by giving the chance to get a specially priced early bird ticket. Earlybird tickets are on sale now until allocation is exhausted.


Presented by The Rock and Eccles Entertainment
– Villainy – Raised In The Dark NZ tour 2019

Friday, July 12 – Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Saturday, July 13 – 50 Gorillas, Dunedin
Friday, July 19 – The Royal, Palmerston North
Saturday, July 20 – San Fran, Wellington
Friday, July 26 – Totara St, The Mount
Saturday, July 27 – The Powerstation, Auckland

Earlybird tickets on sale now.
General tickets on sale 12.00pm, Friday March 29, from


Written By: Radio13

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