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No Spin. NZ’s Ardern Rules Out DJ Set With New Australian Leader

  • Both country’s leaders have a history of spinning the decks
  • Ardern said she’s looking forward to meeting Albanese
Jacinda Ardern performs her DJ set during the Laneway Festival in Auckland, in 2014.
Jacinda Ardern performs her DJ set during the Laneway Festival in Auckland, in 2014.Photographer: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ruled out the possibility of running a dual DJ set with Australia’s new leader Anthony Albanese, ending hopes for a potential trans-Tasman collaboration between the two music enthusiasts.

Ardern and Albanese are both amateur DJs, having played highly-publicized sets during their political careers. In 2016, Albanese played a charity event in Melbourne ahead of that year’s election - ending with a sing-a-long to Iggy Pop’s The Passenger. Meanwhile Ardern was a headliner at Auckland’s popular Laneway Festival in 2014.