The Darkness announce first New Zealand tour with Push Push!

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Flamboyant English hard-rockers The Darkness have announced their first ever New Zealand tour – with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April 2017 – and they will be joined by Kiwi legends Push Push, reforming after 24 years!

Relive the classics from The Darkness’ outstanding debut album, Permission To Land (2003) right through to their most recent album, Last Of Our Kind. Expect gems like “I Believe In A Thing Called Love“, “Growing On Me“, “Love Is Only A Feeling“, “One Way Ticket” and many more. Continue reading

Bernie Griffen & Kirsten Warner on The Salvation Tour: joined by The Thin Men

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After four months performing in Australia, Bernie Griffen and Kirsten Warner will be hitting the big wide open joined by The Thin Men, on a 15 date nationwide tour, covering the length and breadth of New Zealand this November and December.

Together, long-time collaborators and partners Griffen and Warner are a force to be reckoned with. Melding together their formidable individual talents as songwriters and performers, the pair will be performing the heart-wrenching material off Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men’s critically-acclaimed album, Salvation, along with the captivating poetry of Kirsten Warner. 

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WOMAD 2017 Line-Up Announcement

With much excitement UK 2 Tone and Ska legends The Specials were the first announced to play WOMAD NZ 2017.

Now, WOMAD NZ is over the moon to announce that joining them are: from Brazil, Grammy-nominee Bebel Gilberto, daughter of renowned singer João Gilberto performing her own laidback style of bossa nova; the French-Chilean musician, Ana Tijoux, whose sound captures where the street meets tradition; Vietnamese musicians Hanoi Masters who use half-forgotten traditional instruments to convey deep, personal connections to the upheavals of the Vietnam War; the New Orleans brass group Hot 8 Brass Band (USA), who will bring their signature blend of hip-hop, jazz and funk; “The Songbird of Wassoulou” Oumou Sangare (Mali) who is known for her seamless mix of old and new sounds that create a haunting backdrop for political lyrics, making her passion clear in any language and Sudha Ragunathan (India) who will take you to the heart of Carnatic music with her voice of gold.

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Local artists include Wellington producer and multi instrumentalist Lord Echo who blends boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Reggae, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms. Hailing from Auckland is Mt Eden, expect them to fire up their trademark extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops and Auckland based Sons Of Zion whose fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk will get you dancing.

There  are many, many, more exciting artists to discover at the WOMAD 2017 Festival, more below.

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The Coathangers Announce Two New Zealand Show Dates on Nosebleed Weekend Tour 2016!

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HOT OFF THE HEELS OF RELEASING THEIR NEW ALBUM,
NOSEBLEED WEEKEND (Smack Face Records)

AND A NATIONWIDE U.S. TOUR WITH PUNK HEAVY WEIGHTS, REFUSED…

The Coathangers head down under for the first time ever in New Zealand, to play two shows in Auckland and Christchurch.

When The Coathangers started up in 2006, their aspirations were humble. “I think all bands in their early twenties start for fun,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel when talking about their early years of cheeky no-wave and irreverent garage rock. But Julia and her bandmates Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) and Stephanie Luke (drums/vocals) were serious about their craft, and that combination of modest outside expectations and absolute dedication to their music made for exhilarating live shows and contagious records. Continue reading

Goth-rockers THE MISSION return to NZ for 30th Anniversary

Goth-rockers THE MISSION return to NZ for 30th Anniversary

Wellington, Bodega – Friday 18 November
Auckland, Powerstation –  Saturday 19 November 

 

Tickets for both shows are available from Ticketmaster.co.nz and AAATicketing.co.nz, via pre-sale from 9am Tuesday May 31. General sale starts Thursday 2 June. A limited number of VIP Experience packages will be available direct from themissionuk.com

 

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