Jan Hellriegel Announces ‘Sportsman of the Year’ New Zealand Tour

After 7 years pondering and 2 years in production, Jan Hellriegel has released Sportsman Of The Year – A Suburban Philosophy, her 4th studio album, with a unique twist: Sportsman Of The Year is also available as a beautifully produced book with photos and 12 chapters based on the stunning new collection of songs.

Taking advantage of all multimedia platforms, Jan also released a podcast series which was produced by Radio NZ and is now available on all digital streaming sites.

At one stage in her ambitious new album and book project, Jan joked about calling it ‘A Loser’s Guide To Winning’. Only she wasn’t joking.

“Sportsman of the Year is about finally arriving at a place where she can look back at failures, disappointments, and rejections with a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing that without them she wouldn’t be doing what she is today. It is about following your dreams and never giving up” commented Jan.

From being the next big thing in her early 20’s, to giving music away altogether at 30; raising a family, starting businesses and returning to music with fresh enthusiasm, a newfound wellbeing and a sense of purpose- those are the stories in the songs and the book and they are what Jan will be sharing on this very special tour.

Sportsman of the Year will be an entertaining and inspirational evening and is not to be missed – because as her fans will know, with Jan it can be a long, long time between shows.


Wed August 28 – Meow, Wellington 8pm (with Ben Fulton) Buy tickets
Fri August 30 – Room Twenty5, Nelson (with Ben Fulton) SOLD OUT
Fri August 30 – Page & Blackmore Books, Nelson (4 – 5pm – FREE)
Sat August 21 – Martinborough Bookshop Instore (2 – 3.30pm – FREE)
Sun September 1 – Wardini Books Instore, Napier (10 – 11.30am – FREE)
Sun September 1 – Paisley Stage, Napier (Fathers Day Acoustic Sessions – 2 – 5pm) Buy tickets

Thurs September 5 – Good Thing Showcase, Mt Albert (7 – 9pm) More details to come
Fri October 25 – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch 8pm More details to come
Sat October 26 – Grainstore, Oamaru (4 – 6pm) More details to come
Sun October 27 – The Cook, Dunedin Doors open 7pm More details to come
Fri November 1 – Mt Eden Village, Auckland Doors TBC. More details to come

* Head to Jan’s website for further updates.