Estère Announces Nationwide Tour

Wellington artist Estère has announced she’ll be heading out to tour Aotearoa in support of acclaimed new mini-album My Design (Part 1), the first half of a double-album release.

My Design is a colourful patchwork of thoughts, feelings and stories, featuring the hypnotic ballad of gamechanger and Bordello resident, Magdelaine Lavirgin (‘Ambition’), the blue screen war of ‘Pro Bono Techno Zone’ and the conceptualisation of ‘control’ in her latest single ‘Control Freak’.

The futuristic singer and producer will be hitting the four main centres with “human and machine band” in tow, her previous national Pro Bono Techno Zone tour completely sold out so we recommend you get in quick.

Estère – My Design (Part 1) Tour

Friday 1st December, Caroline, Wellington
Saturday 2nd December, Golden Dawn, Auckland (doorsales only)
Thursday 7th December, Darkroom, Christchurch
Friday 8th December, Morning Magpie, Dunedin

Tickets via HERE at UTR / Slow Boat and RPM in Wellington / Relics Music in Dunedin

WATCH ‘Control Freak’ 

Estère’s new mini album ‘My Design (P1)’ is out now via Bandcamp.

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Live in New Zealand
With special guests, Pseudo Echo
Tickets onsale at Ticketmaster from August 31st

40 years after forming, UK synth-pop pioneers The Human League are coming to our shores for their first ever New Zealand show this December at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre! The much-loved trio of Phil Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley & Joanne Catherall will be joined by special guests, Australian New Wave sensations Pseudo Echo for a special night of the hits.

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

Tickets on sale from August 31st at
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

Throughout the 80s, The Human League were a permanent fixture on the New Zealand album & single charts. They held 6 x New Zealand Top 20 singles with their well known hits ‘(Keep Feeling) Fascination’, ‘Human’, ‘Love Action’ & ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Their 1981 breakthrough album, Dare was a #1 hit on the NZ album chart, and remained there for 40 consecutive weeks helping them become firm nightclub favourites during an exciting time of musical change.

Formed in the English city of Sheffield in 1977, The Human League were early pioneers of the British synth-pop movement, earning street cred within the art-pop scene of the late 70s. They signed to Virgin Records in 1979, the same year David Bowie described them as “the sound of the future”, and he was bang on.

The group continued to innovate and expand with Sulley and Catherall joining the band at the end of 1980. They had a worldwide smash with their third album Dare, which contained four hit singles including ‘Don’t You Want Me’.

In a career spanning nine studio albums and 20 million album sales, their songs are still sampled and played across dance floors worldwide and their live reputation grows with each passing year.

Complete details about The Human League live in New Zealand at:

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Tickets on sale from August 31st at
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

Follow The Human League online:
Official Website

Find The Human League on Spotify / Apple Music



Announce nationwide ‘That’s Us!’ album tour & new album single ‘Don’t Fall In Love’

With the showband’s long-awaited debut original album, ‘That’s Us!’ being released Friday 15th September Modern Maori Quartet will head off on an extensive 20 date nationwide tour, travelling the highways and byways of New Zealand taking their music to the people of Aotearoa. Joining them for te haerenga (the journey) will be the beloved Annie Crummer.

Matu Ngaropo (Performer & Music Dramaturg) says: “The tour will be about taking our music to the people and returning it to our roots. We want to inspire a new generation of garage parties and fuel those special gatherings with new, honest, hearty waiata to add to the classic playlist. These will be songs that the heartland of Aotearoa can sing along to. As a team committed to carrying the mantle of this kaupapa we aim to share a new and current sound of MAori showbands and show people that real music, our music, is alive and thriving.”

Francis Kora (Performer) adds: “Past, present and future, with Aroha and truth as the main ingredients.”


HAMILTON – Sunday 17th September – Playhouse
PORANGAHAU – Wednesday 27th September – Memorial Hall
FEATHERSTON -Thursday 28th September – Anzac Hall
OTAKI – Friday 29th September – Memorial Hall
NAPIER – Saturday 30th September – Municipal Theatre
NEW PLYMOUTH – Friday 6th October -Theatre Royal
WELLLINGTON – Saturday 7th October – Wellington High School, Riley Centre
TAUPO – Sunday 8th October – Great Lakes Centre
WHANGAREI – Friday 13th October – Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Forum North
AUCKLAND – Saturday 14th October – Crystal Palace
WHAKATANE – Sunday 15th October -Little Theatre

Tickets on sale Mon 7th Aug at 9am
For show and ticketing info go to

‘Don’t Fall In Love’

‘Don’t Fall In Love’ is the forth single to be taken from ‘That’s Us!’
‘Don’t Fall In Love’ will be released digitally Friday 4th August.

“It’s our Motown-inspired, soulful, Sam Cooke styled song that will cut straight to
your heart and make you laugh at the same time.

As artists, there is a magic fusion where the performer and the work become
one and the same. As well as being something special to share, our music is
also an expression through which we learn, develop and become better people.
Based loosely on real experiences, Don’t Fall In Love is tragically honest. The
pursuit of happiness, love and truth are integral to the music we make and this
song is all about having the courage to be honest, even if it’s painful.

A seriously catchy melody, big, broad harmonies and punchy, brave lyrics will
make Don’t Fall In Love a party favorite and one you will want to sing along to.
So go on, dust off your guitar, get some mates together and get your garage


‘That’s Us!’
Release date: Friday 15th September
via Rhythmethod / DRM.

‘That’s Us!’ digital pre-sales will be available Friday 4th August.

‘That’s Us!’ features 12 tracks of original waiata. All songs and lyrics composed by Modern Maori Quartet; James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau, Francis Kora & Matu Ngaropo.

The album, produced by Francis Kora, features some of New Zealand’s biggest talents including Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper (Co-Producer), Dixon Nacey (Guitar), Chris O’Connor (Drums), Thabani Gapara (Saxophone), Andy Cochrane (Keyboard), Awhimai Fraser (Vocals) and Temuera Morrison (Vocals).

He Ra Ano
Who We Are
Outta Here
Don’t Fall In Love
Blame You
Upon A Star
Come To Me
Haere Ra
Kai Song

The award-winning Modern Maori Quartet are a good looking, suave contemporary Maori showband in the vein of forebears such as the Hi-Marks, Maori Volcanics Showband, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Maori Troubadours, Maori Hi Five, Quin Tikis and The Howard Morrison Quartet.

Their debut album “That’s Us!” is set for release 15th September 2017. The album highlights their voices in epic harmony as they share Maori traditions and tell New Zealand stories through original waiata with humour, charm and class. Growing up performing in garage parties, this is a story of rags to flash rags.

“That’s Us!” features all original waiata, as showband member Matariki Whatarau explains, “We’ve been singing covers for years and you know, we thought… why not?! The spirit of this album comes from the Maori garage party, reminiscent of the parties of years gone by when someone would pick up a guitar and the music would flow. We strongly believe that real stories told with truth and conviction should be at the forefront of who we are – and that’s exactly what we set out to do with the creation of our first album”.

It’s been a whirlwind five years for the independent music group, they have toured throughout New Zealand – most recently on a 12 date tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – to England, Wales, Uzbekistan, Hawaii, Rarotonga, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

The showband’s first ever original single, Shine – taken from That’s Us! – was released Friday 26th May 2017. It was their first voice in the world and is a song that celebrates children. It is a father’s message to his child, encouraging her to dream big and pursue any path her heart desires. This song is for “all the kids in the world” and reminds them that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to, so long as they have the support and love of their parents and wider family.

In June this year the group were in Brisbane as part of the Queensland Cabaret Festival and in the same month performed in Aotearoa as part of Matariki on the Move – playing parts of Auckland they don’t normally get to. To celebrate Matariki the band released two further singles from That’s Us!: Mareikura, released 23rd June is a waiata in Te Reo Maori featuring the stunning vocals of Awhimai Fraser and is an ode to all women globally and Kai Song released 30th June, is in typical Modern Maori Quartet fashion, charming and funny. The song celebrates one of the many things the bros love about their Maori culture; sharing kai with their whanau!

Modern Maori Quartet perform as part of the world’s largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August and in Australia at the Darwin Festival before returning home to embark on their biggest New Zealand tour to date – taking them to the major centres and regional cities and towns, of the country that has shaped and nurtured the group – Aotearoa.

Their live shows are a classy celebration of Kiwi music honouring the legends of Maori showbands that will warm your heart and make you cry with laughter.

“There can be no doubt that this quartet deserves the reputation that they are gaining internationally … they represent the best of the mighty showband tradition.” – Stuff

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This summer Fat Freddy’s Drop will tour their high octane shows across the homeland to hand picked locations, combing vineyards and beaches to festivals and valleys culminating in a FFD curated line up at Villa Maria with internationals Hiatus Kaiyote from Melbourne and Norman Jay MBE from London. This is the third hook up with the legendary London DJ who unleashed his good times tunes supporting Freddy’s at Ally Pally, London and last summer’s Queenstown concert.

The tour will be the first time that the band has played on home soil since they officially sold out their largest headlining show in New Zealand earlier this year at the aforementioned Villa Maria, with all 10,000 tickets being snapped up.

It’s also a chance to experience songs off the band’s upcoming new album. They’ve road tested two new songs already on a stupendous tour to England and Europe through June and July and committed to studio lockdown until the New Zealand tour.

Hopepa aka Joe Lindsay – Freddys trombonist – says the live show is “going to be different again by the time summer rolls around” He’s especially looking forward to “coming home to Kerikeri” having attended Kerikeri High School for a couple of years before his family moved to Whangarei.

Special guests on the road include local stalwarts Ladi6 who join Freddy’s for the love of music at Kainui Road Vineyard and The Nudge back for the annual drop at Black Barn Vineyards. The concert in Christchurch turns the tables with Freddy’s playing as special guests for Salmonella Dub for their 25th Anniversary concert.



WANAKA – Sunday 31st December – Rhythm and Alps*
On sale now – Ticket link

KERIKERI – Saturday 6th January – Kainui Road Vineyard
w/ Ladi6
Tickets from Ticketmaster, the venue & Bay of Islands i-Site

CHRISTCHURCH – Saturday 13th January – Salmonella Dub 25th Anniversary at Hagley Park*
On sale now – Ticket link

AUCKLAND – Saturday 20th January – Villa Maria
w/ Hiatus Kaiyote (Melbourne) & Norman Jay MBE (London)
Tickets from Ticketmaster & the venue

HAVELOCK NORTH – Saturday 3rd February – Black Barn Vineyards
w/ The Nudge
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Join To Inspire And Scout
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Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) is excited to announce the highly anticipated return of the annual GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT, taking place at Roundhead Studios in Auckland on the
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To celebrate the release of their forthcoming album, Fabric
The Black Seeds

New Zealand Album Release Tour
8 Shows this September / October

New Zealand, get ready.

With their brand new, second single ‘Freakin” released to the world last Friday, today The Black Seeds can officially announce what we’ve all been waiting for… This September, the almighty 8-piece will be bringing it to a town near you onboard their nationwide New Zealand album tour.

Known for an electrifying live show, and having just returned from a successful tour of Canada & the US, The Black Seeds are set to play 8 dates across both islands in celebration of their new album, Fabric.


Tickets on sale now!

Thursday 21 September – Raglan, The Raglan Club
Tickets from & from venue, 22 Bow St, Raglan

Friday 22 September – Auckland, The Powerstation
Tickets from

Saturday 23 September – Mt. Maunganui, Totara Street
Tickets from & from venue, 11 Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Wednesday 27 September – Wanaka, Lake Wanaka Centre
Tickets from & from Base 2, 12 Helwick St, Wanaka

Thursday 28 September – Dunedin, Refuel
Tickets from or available from
OUSA main office on campus & Cosmic Dunedin, 355 George Street, Dunedin

Friday 29 September – Christchurch, The Bedford Bigtop
Tickets from & available from Cosmic stores

Friday 6 October – Wellington, San Fran
Tickets from & available from
Cosmic on Cuba, 97 Cuba St, Wellington

Saturday 7 October – Wellington, San Fran
Tickets from & available from
Cosmic on Cuba, 97 Cuba St, Wellington

* Supports TBA

Debuted on Friday, check out the brand new single ‘Freakin’, which follows on from the album’s nostalgic summery anthem, ‘Better Days’. “It’s the meaningful, party, pick-me-up track on the album,” says The Black Seeds co-frontman, Barnaby Weir of the new track created at Lee Prebble’s The Surgery.

“It’s for the end of the week, end of the line, letting loose, shaking it off. It’s a good dose of feel-good funk.”

Listen to ‘Freakin’ here or below, created with the support of NZ On Air.

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