It was billed as the hottest ticket of the summer a massive outdoor summer party complete with 3D mapping and mind blowing projections to send off Summer (god forbid we should advance into Winter).
Avicii is more of a simple ingénu than a Swedish superstar DJ. The Swede has been amidst hyped due to his recent flirting's with mainstream musical styles and mixing it up with his own House infused beats, a money spinning combination that has brought the 23-year old international success, especially on the soulful Aloe Blacc track Wake Me Up and the southern hoedown of Hey Brother.
Now it was Auckland's turn to party with Avicii as he turned up the temperature churning out classics the crowd had come for, You Make Me, Levels, Wake Me Up rung out across the stadium and eagerly lapped up by concert revellers who by now were letting their inhibitions go letting out a spontaneous ‘Whoomp! There it is" or crowd chants a l'Avicii karaoke.
Swedish flags even made an appearance (annoying when you're behind THE flag) while somebody thought to take it upon themselves to start head butting me like a billy goat around the now packed crowd. All part and parcel of an outdoor festival obviously, but for those serious booty shakers Avicii continued mixing in an out of his well-known signature tunes I Could Be The One and Silhouettes maintained the equilibrium again settling the boisterous crowd.
Avicii was in control hunched behind the giant screen, two giant screens flanked the stage beaming out his cartoonish image to the crowd while the 3D projections were at times spellbinding a visual fest that heightened the EDM experience. At times however it felt like he was going through the motions and the transition between songs wasn't what you would call smooth sometimes killing the vibe especially when coming down to a slower track like Addicted To You, also the omission of about a half a dozen songs I was waiting for didn't turn kind of killed it for me.
However, the crowd didn't care and threw their hands in the air (pretty much all night). For me Afrojackstole the show, his high energy set never lost the crowd and have to say that I was quite surprised out of the lot he was the most animated DJ on the podium.
I think Avicii put it nicely as he left the stage, however I am yet to be convinced. "This has been the most enjoyable show in the last six years" hmmm.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
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Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
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Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
One month on from the release of their third album [Wade Waist Deep], American rock band Thomas Wynn & The Believers are back on the road, breaking beyond the southern rock scene with complex, pulsing rhythms and breathtaking harmonies.
After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies
After stunning, sold-out concerts across the US, legendary Led Zep drummer Bonzo's greatest legacy - his son Jason - brings his critically acclaimed concert, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, to New Zealand for just two performances.
Playing their breakthrough debut self-titled album in its entirety, pop rock sensations We The Kings will return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.
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