Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals reschedule NZ tour dates to December 2016

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2016Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Live Nation today announce that the Call It What It Is Tour dates for Australia and New Zealand have been rescheduled for later this year.

The band have released the following statement:

To our great fans in Australia and New Zealand:

Unfortunately we need to postpone our upcoming tour so that we can put the finishing touches on our new album. We can’t wait to see you in November/December.

Until then,

Much love, BHIC

The rescheduled New Zealand tour dates are as follows:


(previously Friday February 26)


(previously Saturday February 27) 


(previously at TSB Bank Arena on Wednesday February 24) 

Regrettably the Christchurch show at Horncastle Arena (originally scheduled for Monday February 29) will not be rescheduled.

Tickets for the Auckland and Napier shows will be valid for the rescheduled date without the need to exchange.

Patrons who are unable to attend the rescheduled dates – and ticket holders for the Christchurch show – may obtain a refund from the point of purchase. The relevant ticketing agent will be in contact to provide details of how to obtain refunds if required.

Wellington ticket holders: Ticketek will be in contact directly with details of the exchange. Ticket holders may phone 0800 TICKET (842 538) or email to arrange a refund.

New tickets for all shows are on sale now.

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Call It What It Is will be the band’s first new album in eight years. New Zealand audiences will be among the first to hear new songs from the album, along with classics such as ‘Burn To Shine’, ‘Steal My Kisses’ and ‘Diamonds In The Inside’.

Tracing their roots back to 1993, the Innocent Criminals (percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward) were involved in many Ben Harper projects before going on hiatus in 2008. The band toured nonstop, earning legions of fans thanks to explosive live performances and a succession of acclaimed studio albums including Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, their last studio album together in 2007.  The Innocent Criminals also backed Ben and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative album There Will Be A Light in 2004.

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