Six60 announce Grassroots Tour of intimate, acoustic shows

Six60 will perform acoustic shows in smaller New Zealand halls and venues as part of a new 'grassroots tour' in the coming months.

The pop stars will play 23 dates across the motu, starting off at lead singer Matiu Walters' marae Pōtahi Marae in Te Kao.

The April-May tour will take in the likes of Piha Surf Life Saving Club, Waimate’s Regent Theatre, and Te Puka Tavern.

The band said the intimate shows will be recorded and released as an album entitled Best Of The Grassroots Tour.

Six60 said the desire to perform stripped back acoustic versions of their songs comes from fans asking "for years on social media".

"Fans have been asking us to record acoustic versions of our songs, for weddings, funerals and everything in between," a statement from the band said.

"We felt that if we were ever going to do it, we wanted to do it with our fans, that's what excites us, bringing the people that made us the band we are, made the songs into the hits they are along for the ride.

"We can't wait to visit these special pockets of Aotearoa and bring these songs to life in a way we have never done before."

Tickets for the shows go on sale from Monday, March 4.

Earlier this month, Eli Paewai - who has played drums for Six60 since the band was formed in 2008 - announced he was retiring from the role after two final shows this month.

In a statement on social media, Paewai said being a founding member of the band had been "one of the most fulfilling things in my life".

"I am so grateful for my time on stage, the support of the fans, and especially for my time with the boys," he said.

"While my personal journey with music is coming to an end, I will always be a member of Six60. I will be staying on as a member of the Six60 foundation to continue my passion of mentoring and coaching future generations."

Paewai played his last gig with the band over the weekend at Christchurch's Electric Avenue festival in Hagley Park.

No new drummer has yet been announced.