British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas, who has been confirmed to join Coldplay as special guest on their A Head Full of Dreams tour, has announced an exclusive intimate solo show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Friday, December 2.
Lianne La Havas has already toured with Coldplay through Latin America and Europe, marking the first stadium shows of her career. Playing a hybrid of alternative folk and soul, Lianne has also opened for Bon Iver on their North American tour and contributed to Prince’s 2014 album Art Official Age, as well as recording with Alt-J and Tourist.
La Havas was named by The Guardian as the Best Act at this year’s Love Supreme Festival in the UK, who wrote; “Saturday’s penultimate act Lianne La Havas stood out with her sweet, powerful voice and darkly humorous lyrcis. Everything was done with grace and charm”. Consequence of Sound echo the sentiment, calling Lianne’s 2015 Chicago performance “entrancing”, while Billboard notes that with “just a voice and a guitar La Havas achieves an impressive level of engagement between audience and performer”.
Last year, La Havas performed a three-song set for NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, showing off her superior vocals for the online series that has showcased the likes of Adele, Hozier, Miguel and more. She has sold out headline dates across the world’s most prestigious venues - including Brixton Academy and Royal Albert Hall - and has graced the stage at some of the world’s biggest music festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival. She is currently special guest to US breakthrough artist Leon Bridges on his American tour.
During her recent support slot on Coldplay’s world tour, Lianne often performed her own interpretation of the beloved Burt Bacharach and Hal David song 'Say a Little Prayer', made famous by Aretha Franklin & Dionne Warwick. Her performance of the same song at Belgium’s Rock Werchter quickly became one of the highlights from the festival; the feedback from the crowd was so positive and electric that the recording got added to Belgium national radio station Studio Brussels and went Top 5 on Itunes.
Famed sibling trio Kitty Daisy & Lewis are returning to Kiwi shores next month with their unique blend of vintage country and first-generation rhythm and blues and have just announced Emily Fairlight and band as their special guest for Hawkes Bay and Wellington.
For the first time ever in New Zealand, multi-platinum and Grammy nominated R&B legends SWV (Sisters with Voices) have announced one NZ show. Joining SWV will be fellow New York natives Allure, also on their first visit to New Zealand.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
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).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
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..
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!