Legendary kiwi favourites, stellar* will return to Christchurch as part of a killer line-up for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival in Hagley Park on Saturday January 26, 2019.
It’s a welcome homecoming – lead singer Boh Runga and drummer Andrew Maclaren are both Christchurch born and bred. After a long hiatus, stellar* reformed late last year – hitting the country’s stages for festivals, tour dates and TV & radio performances over the summer.
stellar* first burst on the scene 20 years ago – smashing out five radio hits in 18 months – ‘Violent’, ‘What You Do (Bastard)’, ‘Undone’, ‘Every Girl’, and ‘Part of Me’ – all reflecting the unique blend of rock and electronica on 1999’s Mix album. Their reputation as innovative hit makers was embedded with ‘All It Takes’, ‘Taken’ and ‘Star’ off 2001’s Magic Line album, and ‘For A While’ (feat. Andy Lovegrove) and ‘Whiplash’ off 2006’s Something Like Strangers, their third and final studio album.
They became Sony Music NZ’s highest selling Kiwi band, collecting eight NZ Music Awards along the way. All three albums charted within the top 10 of the NZ Album Chart, securing their status as a classic mainstay in the New Zealand music scene. In October 2010, stellar* released an 18-track Best Of album, featuring a new single, ‘So Alive’.
The band still features the same line-up that released their first single on Sony Music NZ back in 1998, ‘What You Do (Bastard)’, That’s Boh Runga (vocals, guitar), Andrew Maclaren (drums, programming), Kurt Shanks (bass) and Chris van de Geer (guitar).