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Gitbox Rebellion tours with Arts On Tour NZ - featuring Kita Trio

6 Aug 2021 to 29 Aug 2021
Described as 'Stravinsky meets Pete Townshend", Gitbox Rebellion performs an exuberant blend of jazz, rock, folk and classical on acoustic guitar.
Event type: 
Live event, Music
Various venues around the country


Arts On  Tour New Zealand is proud to tour Gitbox Rebellion, an innovative and exciting six piece guitar ensemble performing intricate and clever original compositions and much loved guitar hero covers. The  group’s music is a joyous collision of worlds, managing to be infectiously moody, upbeat, grungy and intricately textured all at once. 

“[They] played with a discipline and rapport that would be the envy of any classical chamber orchestra. In sum, Gitbox Rebellion provide stimulating, intelligent, and above all, approachable music.”  NZ Herald

Nigel Gavin, a former member of Robert Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists said, “Back in the mid 80’s I was fascinated by the gamelan music of Bali.  The music had many levels and included beginner players with the more experienced players.  So I decided to apply that idea with all the students.  I was teaching at the School of Creative Musicianship in Mt Eden, in 1987 and some of my students, Kim Halliday, Russell Hughes and Jon Pease, original members of Gitbox Rebellion, became my guinea pigs for the first project. 

The experiment proved successful, creating special musical games and structures for the group to piece together.  The resulting sound was very harmonious, and before long concerts, tours and albums were happening.  We received a small grant which enabled us to release our first album called, “Pesky Digits”, soon followed by the second release, “Touch Wood”.  At this point Rattle records was created in order to release this music into the world.  Since then Rattle has gone on to receive world attention for their high quality catalogue.”  

Gitbox have just released their third album for Rattle called “Curveball” which they will tour with Arts on Tour New Zealand.  The show will open with the Kita Trio – Gypsy swing music from three members of the ensemble.

For information, images and interviews, contact:

Kim Halliday, 027 479 6644

Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison, 021 126 5738

Steve Thomas, AOTNZ Trust, 0274 386 154 Facebook


Friday 6 August 7:30pm Opotiki      

Opotiki Senior Citizens Hall   

$20 Book: Opotiki library or online at

Tuesday 10 August 6:30pm Kaikoura          

The Mayfair Arts and Culture Centre

$20 Book:

Wednesday 11 August 7:30pm Geraldine   

The Lodge Theatre, Talbot Street

$25 (Cash Only) Book: Louk Clothing, Talbot Street; 03 693 9070

Thursday 12 August 7:30pm Fairlie  

St Columba Church, Main Street       

$20 Book: Heartlands Fairlie and door sales

Friday 13 August 7:30pm Cromwell 

Presbyterian Church Hall, 10 Elspeth St

Adults $30; Super Gold Card $25; Children $5          


Saturday 14 August 7:30pm Arrowtown     

Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall

$20 Book:

Tuesday 17 August 7:30pm Stewart Island 

Stewart Island Community Centre    

$25 Door Sales

Wednesday 18 August 7:00pm Lake Hawea            

Lake Hawea Community Centre        

Adults $25; Children $10 Book: Hawea Store & Kitchen,

OCD Cafe at Wanaka Medical Centre, Door Sales (All cash only)                                 

Friday 20 August 7:30pm Hokitika   

Old Lodge Theatre, 11 Revell Street

$25 Book: Hokitika's Regent Theatre

Saturday 21 August 8:00pm Balcairn          

Balcairn Hall

$25 Book:; Sally Mac's, Amberley

Sefton Garage; Stan's 7 Day Pharmacy, Rangiora                                                 

Monday 23 August 7:00pm Lincoln 

The Laboratory, 17 West Belt

$20 ($25 Door Sales) At the bar or phone 03 3253006

Tuesday 24 August 7:00pm Nelson  

The Boathouse           

$25 Book:                     

Thursday 26 August 7:30pm New Plymouth

4th Wall Theatre        

$25 Book:

Friday 27 August 7:30pm Te Awamutu       

The Woolshed Theatre          

$25 (plus fees) Book: Eventfinda and Te Awamutu i-Site

In association with Backstage Pass

Saturday 28 August 7:30pm Whangarei     

The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane 

$30 Book:

and Craniums, Reyburn House Lane

Sunday 29 August 2:30pm Kauaeranga       

Kauaeranga Hall        

$25 Door; $22 Pre-book         

021912993;; Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames

Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.