The thing with Sol3 Mio is that you're guaranteed an entertaining night of mirth & merriment. Even if you are adverse to Opera music, like myself, the welcome omission of expletive-deletives replaced by the good natured Polynesian joking would make even Miley Cyrus blush - although I'm sure Anika Moa was chomping at the bit to ‘go all the way'.
The still weather against the calm backdrop of the vineyard beckoned the crowd, the atmosphere took on its own setting in the industrial plot near Auckland's airport. Brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and cousin Moses Mackay were in fine form, cracking jokes, baiting the crowd to dance & bringing alive the spirit of Christmas through song, dance and Rock (the jingle bell kind).
It never ceases to amaze me how these burly Samoan boys have eluded rugby league scouts to end up on a path dressed in suits singing arias. As they took to the stage to shake what their mamas gave them, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock & Little Drummer Boy were lapped up by the enthusiastic crowd as Pene quipped "We've got big Drummer boys not little ones and one ‘drama-boy'".
As the night descended across the vines, glow sticks made their way lighting up the picturesque venue, crowd favourites (Dean Martin inspired) That's Amore, Beauty & the Beast (with Pene & Amina) while Tom Jone's smash hit songs Delilah & Ten Guitars made a welcome appearance that had even the most fastidious punter singing along. "Is anyone here from Mangere?" Pene quizzed the sea of faces. "Not many in here, I think most of them are at the top of the hill listening".
Highlight of the night had to be Moses Mackay & dad Victor singing the Elvis hit I Can't Help Falling in Love with You. His recollection of how his dad won a trolley full of groceries as a young boy from Tokoroa, was natural, loving as his dad entered side of stage to join him for a touching duet. The addition of Pene & Amaitai's partners Amina Edris & Isabella Moore was a bonus, as they weaved their gifted voices with the orchestra to amaze the audience on Quando M'en Vo from La Boheme & Catalini's Ebben.
The boys announced they are taking time out next year from each other but not before announcing a nationwide tour starting March next year. Sol3 Mio are a vocal phenomenon, a freak force majeure. How they are New Zealand's highest selling album still perplexes given their music genre in this stilted pop age, but make no qualms, they are one class act that deserves every bit of kudos that comes their way. Now about those Sol3 Mio aprons...
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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…
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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.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
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..
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Roger Waters is bringing his US + THEM tour to New Zealand this week, performing two shows at Auckland's Spark Arena on Wednesday Jan 24 & Friday Jan 26, before heading to Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday Jan 30.
Central Otago was on song today, when the annual nationwide Summer Concert Tour kicked off in Queenstown with international music artists Colin Hay of Men At Work fame, Alanis Morissette and The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra performing to a 18,000 strong sell-out crowd at the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert.
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.