The all ages live music event Seamless reaches its fourth instalment at the Tuning Fork on August 18 with a talent-stacked line up featuring Christchurch rising pop-star Theia, rappers Raiza Biza and .Hans., Auckland wonder kid Merk, 80s new wave youngsters Daffodils and electro-pop duo Lexxa.
Capturing the attention of the pop world with her break-out smash hit, ‘Roam,’ Christchurch singer-songwriter Theia is an exciting new artist on the rise. Blending an ethereal glitter-pop sound with hints of electronic and RnB, her recently released self-titled EP debuted at number 3 on the NZ album charts.
Fresh from touring alongside New Zealand heavyweights Broods, Kings and Australia’s Kite String Tangle, and her own nationwide headlining tour, don’t miss your chance to catch Theia, who has been labelled by many as ‘kiwi pop music’s next big thing.’
Hamilton based Rwandan rapper Raiza Biza’s smooth baritone and contemplative storytelling blurs into the jazz, soul tinged beats he favours. Over four street albums and a relentless touring schedule, Raiza and his AmmoNation collective have entertained audiences as far afield as Australia and Europe. Taking things to the next level on the Seamless stage feels inevitable!
Merk is the project of Auckland producer and wonder-kid, Mark Perkins. His brightly-lit and homespun tunes are written, produced, performed, recorded, and mixed by Merk in a dark basement below the city. With his songs now out in the daylight, Merk has received a Taite Music Award for Best Independent Debut for his album 'Swordfish, travelled to Montreal for the Red Bull Music Academy in 2016 and recently returned home from touring Europe.
Meanwhile, fellow Aucklanders Daffodils have been busy building their 80s pop/new-wave influenced sound since taking out second place in the national final of the 2016 Smokefree Rockquest. Gaining a reputation for energetic performances and strong anthemic songs, driven by a tight rhythm section and soaring vocals, this young band promise to bring a fun-filled set, not to be missed.
Originally hailing from the far-north, .hans. is a young hip-hop artist who has been brewing his craft in the local underground scene for the last few years. This energetic rapper has been carving an audience for himself on stage and with the release of the 1995 tape in January this year..
Lexxa is a newly formed synth-pop duo made up of twin sisters, Maude and Julia Morris. After a year of living apart, they’ve come together over the last few months to co-write and fuse their contrasting solo musical styles. The result is a cloud of striking, melancholic dream pop.
As a Merry Christmas to their fans, WOMAD are releasing the Day Schedule for the 2018 festival, so give the gift of WOMAD this Christmas! The full stage schedule will be released the last week of January 2018.
The Rhythm and Vines Festival have pulled more treats out of the bag today, releasing Big Shaq, Client Liaison, Tiga and more, rounding out the bill that covers 26 international and 90 local acts from all corners of the musical world.
Summer’s most exciting music festival just got bigger - and better! The final line-up announcement for Bay Dreams 2018, with Big Shaq, SWIDT, Stickybuds, PhaseOne, Montell2099, Ruse and Lee Mvtthews all added to the bill.
Bringing together some of the city’s most impressive minds, the Puāwai Festival returns to Auckland from Monday 27 November to Saturday 2 December to champion honest and authentic representation of HIV in Aotearoa. The week full of events is timed to honour World AIDS Day on December 1.
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!
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.