Haiku Hands Share “Dare You Not To Dance;” North American Tour Starts In March

Australia’s favorite collective, Haiku Hands, have shared their aptly-titled new single, “Dare You Not To Dance,” ahead of their upcoming tour. Speaking on the origins of the song, Haiku Hands states: “One nonchalantly mutters “I dare you not to dance fucker’s” into a microphone in Sydney and another makes it a hook in a rowdy jam session in Melbourne. This song is an outcome of exploration between Haiku Hands, Joel Ma (Joelistics) and Angus Stuart (El’ Gusto). A bold maneuver made to taunt, provoke and defy.”

The single comes on the heels of the previously shared high energy, dance-ready tracks “Squat,” “Jupiter” and “Not About You,” which collectively have amassed over 3.5 million streams and landed spots on iTunes charts across the globe. “Jupiter” was also included on Matt Wilkinson from Beats 1 “Best Songs of the 2018 So Far” list and has received airplay on BBC R1 and Radio X.


Previously, the group announced a run of shows in North America, supporting CHAI. The tour will be making stops in San FranciscoLos Angeles, BrooklynSeattlePortlandand more, including a support slot for Cupcakke at Thalia Hall in Chicago on March 21. See a full list of dates below. The band have also announced they will be attending SXSW this year. More news on that to follow.

Haiku Hands have impressed audiences and critics worldwide, becoming one of the most hyped prospects in pop and hip hop in 2018. Based across Melbourne and Sydney, the core of Haiku Hands is Claire NakazawaBeatrice Lewis and Mie Nakazawa. Together, they curate, perform and work as a collective of artists, engaging and exploring social norms with their lyrical and visual content. Their influences range from hip hop to pop, electronic to dance and everything beyond.

Tour Dates (North American Dates in Bold)

01/31 – The Foundry, Brisbane

02/01 – OAF, Sydney

02/02 – The Cambridge, Newcastle

02/05 – UC Hub, Canberra

02/08 – Party In The Paddock, Launceston

02/10 – St Kilda Fest, Melbourne

02/16 – Howler, Melbourne

02/23 – Splore Fest, Auckland

03/01 – Fat Controller, Adelaide

03/02 – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth

03/12 – 15 – SXSW 

03/18 – DC9, Washington DC *

03/19 – Market Hotel, Brooklyn *

03/20 – Velvet Underground, Toronto *

03/21 – Thalia Hall, Chicago #

03/25 – Moroccan Lounge, LA * 

03/27 – Rickshaw Stop, SF *

03/29 – Vera Project, Seattle * 

03/30 – Holocene, Portland * 

04/26 – 05/11 – Groovin the Moo Festival, AUS

*= supporting CHAI

#= supporting Cupcakke


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