R&B Superstar Daniel Caesar Coming to Auckland Arts Festival in March

Grammy Award-nominated R&B artist Daniel Caesar is coming to New Zealand for the first time, exclusively for the Auckland Arts Festival in March.

This major AAF announcement follows Caesar’s recent Grammy nominations and the news that he has been included in the highly-anticipated 2018 Coachella line up.

The 22-year-old Toronto native launched his musical career in 2014, releasing R&B & soul songs bathed in ambient electronics. He rose to fame after the release of his EP Praise Break in 2014, which was ranked in the 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014 by Rolling Stone Magazine. It was followed by Pilgrim’s Paradise in 2015, which was met with even greater praise, subsequently capturing the attention of both the Canadian and international music markets.

His latest release, Freudian which, along with receiving stellar reviews, has been nominated for Best R&B album and Best R&B performance (Get You) in the 60th annual Grammy Awards, to be announced in February. He was acknowledged twice on Barack Obama’s favourite songs of 2017 and his other fans include Stevie Wonder, Liam Gallagher, Chance the Rapper, Shawn Mendes among many others.

Caesar’s full catalogue has garnered over 160 million global streams on Apple Music and over 200 million streams on Spotify.

The world has come to understand R&B/Soul music as a multi-faceted genre that transcends soundwaves into the inner core of our existence — a genre that makes listeners feel, rather than just hear. For Caesar, the genre serves as a foundation he builds with gospel nuances, heart-tugging guitar chords and soothing, harmonious vocals.

Conveying moody anecdotes about life’s most pertinent lessons – love, loss, faith, desire and determination – Caesar, born Ashton Simmonds and the son of gospel singers, tells a coming-of-age tale that is not only relatable, but genuine.

Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski says, “Daniel Caesar is a hugely talented artist who has experienced a meteoric rise in a short space of time. He’s also managed to retain his musical independence, so performs with the confidence of a young man calling his own shots. This is one of those hot-property Festival gigs you never forget and we can’t wait.”

Caesar’s one-night-only stop-off in Auckland is Friday 16 March and the magic happens at the Festival Playground in Silo Park.

SHOW information


DATE 8pm, Friday 16 March, 2018
LOCATION Music Arena, Festival Playground, Silo Park
BOOKINGS www.aaf.co.nz
DURATION Two hours
REVIEWS There’s no Auto-Tune and no struggle notes. He’s a true singer who released a true album about love. It feels good. Music that will make you melt. And I think that’s a beautiful way to spend 45 minutes, in a puddle of pleasantness.” – DJ Booth


Caesar’s willingness to use all of the tools at his disposal—to explore his own id and superego right alongside love’s heaven and hell—elevates his craft… Caesar’s honesty only drives home Freudian’s power: These are gospel truths that sinners and saints alike can get behind.” – Pitchfork


“The first time I heard his rendition of Kanye’s “Street Lights” was like being transfixed by the most beautiful lightning bolt blazing across a darkened sky. Words, when sung by the 22-year-old Toronto native, simply sound better. And when he sings of love, the music has the potential to leave listeners in a puddle of emotions.” – DJ Booth

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