Hollie Smith Announces Coming In From The Dark Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 27th September, 2021 10:02AM


Stepping into her third decade as an iconic Aotearoa artist, Hollie Smith is laying the groundwork for a landmark year ahead. Thrilling fans earlier this month with the announcement of her forthcoming first solo album since 2016 Coming In From The Dark (out on 22nd October), spine-tingling lead single ‘What About‘ featuring Raiza Biza, and recent launch of a new te reo version of her classic anthem with Don McGlashan ‘Bathe In the River’ (titled ‘Korukutia’), Smith ramps up excitement even further with today’s unveiling of a nationwide release tour — kicking off in late October and happening all throughout November. Those concerned Covid restrictions might potentially get in the way of seeing the multiple Tui award-winning artist live will be stoked to know there are contingency dates held in reserve for later this year. Smith’s shows are traditionally hot tickets, we recommend you secure your spot for these special events while you can…

Hollie Smith – Coming In From The Dark Tour

Saturday 30th October — Black Barn, Hawkes Bay

Sunday 31st October – Totara Street, Tauranga*
Thursday 4th November — The Playhouse, Nelson

Friday 5th November — Yonder, Queenstown

Saturday 6th November — The Loons, Christchurch

Wednesday 17th November — Meow, Wellington*
Friday 19th November — Theatre Royal, New Plymouth*
Saturday 20th November — Hollywood Theatre, Auckland

Tickets on sale from 10am, Tuesday 28th September HERE via UTR

*Tickets available via holliesmith.co.nz from 10am, Tuesday 28th September

Watch the official video for ‘What About’ featuring Raiza Biza…

Watch Hollie Smith and Don McGlashan perform ‘Bathe in the River’ / ‘Kōrukutia’ live with band…

Press Release:

One of Aotearoa’s most beloved artists Hollie Smith, makes her triumphant return with the announcement of her fourth solo album ‘COMING IN FROM THE DARK’, out October 22.

Hollie Smith will be taking her talent across Aotearoa, kicking off in October, showcasing her new Album in unique venues.

Tender, triumphant and full of hope, ‘COMING IN FROM THE DARK’ sees Hollie Smith at her most dynamic and features exciting guest appearances from some of New Zealand’s top musicians.

Now entering her third decade as a prolific Kiwi artist, with three #1 studio albums under her belt, Smith has come a long way since her first experiences with music as a teen in the Auckland Blues and Jazz scene. Most recently she worked alongside Don McGlashan for TVNZ series Waiata Anthems, documenting the making of a Te Reo Māori version of her iconic Kiwi anthem ‘Bathe In the River’, titled ‘Korukutia’.


Carb On Carb and shannengeorgiapetersen Tour Announced

Annabel Kean / Monday 24th May, 2021 11:39AM


Two of Papaiti Records‘ finest are linking up this June and July for a five stop nationwide tour. Broody Tāmaki-based duo Carb On Carb and the solo project of Shannen Petersen (fruit juice parade, Sports Dreams) shannengeorgiapetersen hit the road for the first time since the world isolated en masse, each with new songs to share. Carb On Carb have two unreleased tracks up their sleeve, the first since their blissful 2018 EP for ages, and will be releasing single ‘Here Comes the Best Bit’ the week before the tour begins with an all ages Tuning Fork show. Petersen has new tune ‘Home Again 4’ out later this week too, having previously rolled out her mini covers collection rough as guts 1 last year. For a guaranteed evening of big feelings and gentle emo stylings, get yourself to your closest Carb On Carb And shannengeorgiapetersen tour stop…

Carb On Carb and shannengeorgiapetersen Tour

Thursday 17th June – The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Friday 18th June – Meow, Wellington

Saturday 19th June – The Stomach, Palmerston North*

Friday 9th July – The Plant, Blenheim*

Saturday 10th July – Darkroom, Christchurch*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Our UTR Caught Live crew captured Carb On Carb’s Nicole Gaffney and James Stuteley at Whammy Backroom…


Press Release:

Aotearoa’s eminent emo duo Carb on Carb are stoked to be hitting the road again for their first tour since covid-19. They will be joined at all five shows by Wellington’s breath of fresh air shannengeorgiapetersen. Kicking off with an all ages show at Auckland’s The Tuning Fork, the tour also hits Wellington, Palmerston North, Blenheim and Christchurch.

Carb on Carb, or James (drums) and Nicole (guitar, vocals), have taken New Zealand emo to the world and then brought it back. After taking 2020 slow and giving time to other projects (Nicole with Girls Rock! Aotearoa and James with Papaiti Records), the band are back and amped to be touring again. Earlier this year, at all-ages landmark The Stomach, the band recorded two new tracks with Harry Lilley. As with For Ages, Carb on Carb worked with emo legend Chris Teti (The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die) as mix engineer. The first of these new songs, Here Comes the Best Bit, is due out June 11.

Shannen Georgia Petersen is best known as one half of the pride of Palmerston North fruit juice parade, whose recent single made #1 on the national SRN radio chart. Shannen has been playing shows here and there under her own name since 2016, some as intricate unravellings on the Synthstrom Deluge, others as plaintive acoustic guitar sets. This tour and the release of her first single Home Again 4 on May 28 however mark the coalescing of this project into something more – appearing on this tour with a backing band of familiar faces.


Powerfest Lineup Announced Ft Ripship The Biscuits Jang More

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 4th May, 2021 2:18PM


Powertool Records are making a big to-do of their 20th anniversary, dusting off a top-shelf 38-piece tool box of local rockin’ rabble-rousers to celebrate twenty years of alt-rock and almost 200 releases. Powerfest is an expansion of the label’s Kaleidoscope World Series showcase that they’ve been putting on since 2003, but this time they’ve got nearly 40 bands, four stages and are linking up with the New Lynn record fair. Sunday 6th June, save the date and lock in your spot…

Featuring… X-Features, Loud Ghost, Mary, The Fuzzies, The Changing Same, Vorn, Avondale Spiders, Gold Medal Famous, The Holy Loner, Ripship, Headlock Grave, The Biscuits, Sandtrap, Universal Authors, Cloudy, Art Wank, Stacked, Mariner, Melanie, Quaint, Crossroads Dirt, Enshrine, Jennie La Bombe, Shady Brain Farm, Wear You Wig Out, Cootie Cuties, Superturtle, Video Nasty, Jang, Slow Rage, The First Child, Scantily Clad, Freaks Of The Deep, The Ideas, The Doubtful Sounds & New Existentialists

Sunday 6th June – New Lynn Community Centre, Auckland (all ages)
Tickets available HERE via UTR

Ripship top tip: Always ‘Lube The Cube’ when speed solving your Rubik’s…

It’s a heavy cross to bear writing songs as fun as Vorn’s…

From their Christmas In El Salvador 7", Superturtle are bug-eyed in the clip for ‘Watch Your Eyes’…

Press Release:

Powertool Records in association with the Whau Board, UFO and Alien present…

Powerfest – A Rock Festival in New Lynn.

Powertool Records are celebrating their 20th Anniversary as an independent record label. They have operated here in New Lynn over that time and have released close to 200 albums, organized thousands of shows and tours and championed alternative rock music since 2001. This festival not only features Powertool acts but also bands from the Whau and acts that have played at their live venue UFO.

Four stages – 38 Acts – All ages –

The best in local alternative rock and punk that NZ has to offer.

Also on the morning leading up to the festival will be a record fair at the same venue in conjunction with Alien Record Shop from 10am – 1pm.


Fraser Ross Amiria Grenell Announce Winter Tour

Annabel Kean / Thursday 29th April, 2021 9:24AM


With a wealth of new songs needing to be worn in, much-loved "eccentric-folk" artist Fraser Ross and Tui Award winner Amiria Grenell (The Swan Sisters, Fly My Pretties, Coyote) have rustled up a midwinter tour to warm your cockles. Beginning mid June and running into July, Grenell and Ross are taking their folk charm to all the cosiest South Island spots, from tiny Bank Peninsula bays to the famed Oamaru Grainstore Gallery. Ross last released an album in 2018 and Grenell a solo album in 2015, so they’ve a decade of musings to share between them in a handful of intimate venues. Tickets for selected shows are available from us, and it’s to be noted that meals can be ordered at the Nelson Boathouse between 5pm and 8pm…

Fraser Ross And Amiria Grenell Winter Tour

Friday 11th June – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin*

Saturday 12th June – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru*

Friday 18th June – The Boathouse, Nelson*

Friday 25th June – Ma Maison, Akaroa*

Saturday 26th June – Pigeon Bay Social Club, Pigeon Bay

Wednesday 30th June – Grater Goods, Christchurch

Saturday 3rd July – Le Bons Bay Hall, Le Bons Bay

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Enjoy the warm drums and frosty nudes in Fraser Ross’ ‘In The Rain’, a standout track from his latest album Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit?…

Take a stroll through the album that won Amiria Grenell her Tui Award, Three Feathers…

Press Release:

Fraser Ross & Amiria Grenell are embarking on a South Island tour this winter. Both of these folksingers are working on new albums and have decided to hit the road to share their songs, old and new.

Meals at the boathouse available 5pm to 8pm.


‘New Zealand’s best kept musical secret’
—Capital Times

‘His music, which has traditional folk roots, has a wonderful way of breaking free from genre’
—The Wireless

‘Like a Kiwi Billy Connolly’
—The View, Scotland

Eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross returned to New Zealand in 2020 after living in Scotland was cut short. He has supported bands such as Phoenix Foundation, French for Rabbits, The Nudge, and Nadia Reid.

His first two EPs, And Birds Do Sing (2009) and To Places (2012) established him as a serious talent and a brilliant, loud-shirted presence within the New Zealand underground. His two LPs, Mongrels (2015), and Life is Magic, Where is My Rabbit? (2018) confirmed this.

Ross has played at numerous arts festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, LitCrawl Wellington, the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Wellington City Summer Sounds, and the Christchurch Nostalgia Festival.


‘You cannot pigeonhole an artist like this regardless of influence. One thing is certain, Amiria is, & her music is, simply wonderful. A musical tapestry so rich.’
– J. Hassles

Daughter of legendary Country musician John Grenell, Amiria grew up on a farm in Whitecliffs, Canterbury where her family hosted decades of music festivals in the back paddocks.
She has followed her heritage into a colourful and long standing career as a touring artist and respected songwriter.
Her crystalline voice finely balances between gentle restraint and emotive strength, with instrumentation that is equally impressive.
Winner of a Tui NZ Music Award for her album ‘Three Feathers’ & a finalist for the same award for her album ‘Autumn’, this songwriter is currently recording a whole new set of songs set to be released this spring.
Her style is New Folk & country. Her songwriting is honest, delicate and filled with a love of nature and adventures.


Kulthu Beer And Metal Fest Announced Feat Bulletbelt Planet Of The Dead More

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 28th April, 2021 1:06PM


Double Vision Brewing are putting on an epic evening of Aotearoa’s finest metal and sludge at Pōneke’s Valhalla this July. The festival, named Kulthu, will feature the brain-melting sounds of Wellington acts Bulletbelt and Planet Of The Dead, Ōtautahi’s 3000AD and the melodic metal stylings of Tāmaki Makaurau’s Stormforge. The brewers of Double Vision are the brains behind the bevvies, and will be providing their special Bulletbelt brew Warlord on the night. Beer, bands and blaring riffs, rolled into one monumental event…

Kulthu – Wellington Beer And Metal Fest

Saturday July 24th – Valhalla, Wellington W/ Bulletbelt, Stormforge, 3000AD, Planet Of The Dead

Tickets available HERE via UTR

The animated clip for Bulletbelt’s ‘Punishment Of God’ goes from noise complaint to apocalypse in under four minutes…

From Stormforge’s double single Madness And Might, feel the unmatched power of ‘Star Descended’

Press Release:

Double Vision Brewing Presents

KULTHU – Wellington Beer and Metal Fest 2021

Double Vision Brewing will take over Wellington’s Valhalla this winter to warm your hearts with a great new beer and some of the best metal music from four of NZ’s premiere talents.

Bulletbelt (Wellington), Stormforge (Auckland) 3000AD (Christchurch) and Planet of the Dead (Wellington) will take you on wild rides through thrash, power metal, sludge, doom rock and classic metal in celebration of good times accompanied by the great taste of the new Bulletbelt beer, Warlord.

Saturday July 24th




Goin Live With Chabs and Milky Nationwide Tour Announced

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 27th April, 2021 9:00AM


Those glorious titans of real-time VHS technology Chabs And Milky broke the boundaries of livestream entertainment this time last year, and today they flip the script again with the announcement of Goin’ Live With Chabs And Milky: LIVE. Come late May, James Dansey and James Milne will be taking their ’80s telecast gadgets to Pōneke, Tāmaki, Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti, highlighting a trio of local talents at each stop, including The Phoenix Foundation, Princess Chelsea, Ben Woods, The Bats and many more. If joining the "seething mass of their friends, whānau and fans" and seeing how the sausage is made isn’t for you, the Jameses will still be sending the pixels to the internet, where you can watch it from the comfort of your own home just like in lockdown. Read up on this futuristic feat and get a ticket ASAP…

Goin’ Live With Chabs And Milky

Friday 28th May – San Fran, Wellington w/ Orchestra Of Spheres, The Phoenix Foundation, Estère

Saturday 29th May – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Princess Chelsea, Vincent HL, LEAO

Friday 4th June – Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ The Bats, Ben Woods, Violet French And The Horrible

Saturday 5th June – Dive, Dunedin w/ Night Lunch, Wet Specimen, Juno Is 

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Chabs And Milky’s debut guest Vincent HL will be Goin’ Live again at Whammy…

Witness double James and double Liam on the tour’s Dunedin leg with Night Lunch

Press Release:

“Humble heroes of Aotearoa’s music community” (Under The Radar), Chabs and Milky, are delighted to announce an incredible lineup of touring livestreams around the country at the end of May and beginning of June.

If you’re in the four main centres, you can attend these broadcasts in person, or alternatively watch them streaming live on Goin’ Live With Chabs And Milky’s YouTube channel, captured on vintage VHS camcorders from the 1980s.

The complete, awe-inspiring roster is as follows: Orchestra Of Spheres, The Phoenix Foundation, Estère, Princess Chelsea, Vincent H.L., LEAO, The Bats, Ben Woods, Violet French And The Horrible, Night Lunch, Wet Specimen and Juno Is.

Chabs and Milky say: “It’s going to be an amazing experience capturing such a wide range of Aotearoa’s current crop of alternative music artistes in their element, performing in front of a seething mass of their friends, whānau and fans.”

Tickets to the shows are available now from Under The Radar. Subscribe to the Goin’ Live With Chabs And Milky YouTube channel too to make sure you see these and any other broadcasts live as they happen.




Marlowe Shares 90s Montage Clip For Debut Single Nostalgic

Annabel Kean / Monday 19th April, 2021 11:50AM


In less than two weeks "rock n roll nerd" Marlowe will be painting The Thirsty Dog head to toe in ’90s bliss to celebrate his debut single ‘Nostalgic‘. The track is unapologetically hot for 1990 and the years either side of it — just Marlowe’s gravelly voice and his guitar wading eyeballs-deep into an ode for 80s kids. The video is a crystal clear visualisation of the pop-culture associated with feelings of innocence for many an "’80s kid", from the world-shattering moment of Thingee’s eye falling out, to the fun-for-one chatter ring fad. To drive the 90s immersion home, attendees of Marlowe’s May show will receive a comic book on entry thanks to Arkham City Comics — light reading material to enjoy between talented support acts Echo Children, Looking For Alaska and Mikey Havoc. Full info, tickets and video below…

Marlowe – Nostalgic Single Release

Saturday 1st May – The Thirsty Dog, Auckland w/ Echo Children, Looking For Alaska, Mikey Havoc

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Press Release:

Marlowe is a songwriter and musician from Tāmaki Makaurau. Drawing on pop sensibilities, Marlowe creates tender melodic hooks with layered vocals and an acoustic guitar.
There’s a scratchy lived in texture to Marlowe’s alt indie songs. They tell stories of love, loss, isolation and the passage of time. You can hear the influences of Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Chris Wollard, and The National in his sound.
Marlowe is currently working on his new album, to be released later this year.


Nostalgic is a 90’s style pop tune with some catchy sing along hooks, fun lyrics, and Weezer style guitar leads. Produced and mixed by Micah Livesay, Nostalgic was mixed down to a 4-track to give it that authentic yesteryear tape hiss sound.


Mild Orange Announce Pneke Show w O The Mo

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 6th April, 2021 11:59AM


More Easter treats from the Mild Orange boys! Following the gentle drop of their latest single ‘Getting Warmer’, New Plymouth-via-Ōtepoti boys Josh Mehrtens, Josh Reid, Tom Kelk and Jack Ferguson have announced they’ll be gigging up a storm in Pōneke early next month. Joining them at San Fran will be Wellingtonians O & The Mo with full band by their sides and debut album In Transit up their sleeves for a lush support slot chocka with their dreamy folk tunes. The show is also a celebration of New Zealand Music Month, so get May started the way you intend to spend the rest of it, enjoying the fruits of Aotearoa’s vibrant music community. Set an alarm, tickets go on sale tomorrow morning…

Mild Orange w/ O & The Mo

Saturday 1st May – San Fran, Wellington

Tickets on sale from 9am, Wednesday 6th April HERE via UTR

Make this regal Regent Theatre Mild Orange performance your reality this NZ Music Month…

Treat yourself to a whimsical moment with O & The Mo in their clip for ‘Pistachio Moon’…

Press Release:

Join us for a One-Off-Welly-Show on Saturday May 1st (first day of NZ Music Month). It’s just for you, and a little more intimate than our last time in Pōneke. M.O. will be joined by O & The Mo and their deluxe band at San Fran. If you know you know and we’ll see you there.

Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 7th April via UnderTheRadar.co.nz


Marlowe Single Launch Show w Echo Children Looking For Alaska Mikey Havoc Announced

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 12:28PM


Citing influence from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and The National, Tāmaki new kid on the block Marlowe is launching his debut single ‘Nostalgic’ with a hiss and a roar this May at Karangahape Road’s Thirsty Dog. Despite the song title, Marlowe is bringing a fresh line-up of Auckland gems and friends along to the gig to make the occasion extra special. Pop-rock trio Echo Children will share their lush guitar tunes on the night, as will charming two-piece Looking For Alaska with their latest album Light And Shadow. To make it a real party, Mikey Havoc is on the bill too, but I can’t tell you if it’ll be ‘DJ Mikey Havoc’ or ‘Rock’n’roll Mikey Havoc’. You’ll just have to go along and find out…

Marlowe – Nostalgic Single Release

Saturday 1st May – The Thirsty Dog, Auckland w/ Echo Children, Looking For Alaska, Mikey Havoc

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Echo Children shared their EP Toxic Happiness back in January…

Enjoy a mini romance movie in the visuals for ‘Home’ by Looking For Alaska…

Press Release:


Debut Single Release: Nostalgic

Nostalgic single release May 1st at The Thirsty Dog, 8pm

w/ Mikey Havoc, Looking For Alaska, and Echo Children


Marlowe is a songwriter and musician from Tāmaki Makaurau. Drawing on pop sensibilities, Marlowe creates tender melodic hooks with layered vocals and an acoustic guitar.
There’s a scratchy lived in texture to Marlowe’s alt indie songs. They tell stories of love, loss, isolation and the passage of time. You can hear the influences of Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Chris Wollard, and The National in his sound.
Marlowe is currently working on his new album, to be released later this year.


Nostalgic is a 90’s style pop tune with some catchy sing along hooks, fun lyrics, and Weezer style guitar leads. Produced and mixed by Micah Livesay, Nostalgic was mixed down to a 4-track to give it that authentic yesteryear tape hiss sound.


Church AP and Vayne Pneke Show Announced

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 26th January, 2021 1:00PM


I might not be able to name a more iconic duo than Church & AP, but how about this for a top tier trio: Church & AP and Vayne taking over Pōneke for one night only. By the time February 20th comes around, the three Tāmaki rap champs will be on form, having been performing non-stop throughout the summer festival glut. For those in the know, these two acts on the same bill is a sure-fire formula, with a high chance of cameos across both sets, and an even higher chance of Vayne and Church performing their collaborative track ‘Make It’ on the night. It’s majorly impressive what these three young artists have achieved in just a few years, with multiple charting singles across the board, award nominations and wins, and frequent high-rotate tracks on bNet stations. Pop a reminder in your phone for Thursday morning, you’re not gonna want to miss out on this one…

Low Strung presents…
The Return Of Church & AP and Vayne

Saturday 20th February – San Fran, Wellington

Tickets on sale 11am, Thursday 28th January via UTR

‘Uh Huh’ is one of six fire tracks on Vayne’s debut EP Gutta Girl

Church & AP hang out with their wacky friends in the sick clip for ‘Hello Hello’…

Press Release:

Low Strung is thrilled to announce, The Return Of Church & AP And Vayne. Undoubtedly two of the most exciting Hip Hop acts Aotearoa has to offer are coming to Wellington for a show not to be missed. Fresh off the back of a whopper summer schedule playing sets at Rhythm and Vines and Northern Bass (just to name a few), these acts are coming in hot to tear down the capital, so come bear witness.


Marlon Williams Announces Seven New Dates For Nationwide Tour

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Justyn Rebecca / Friday 13th November, 2020 10:46AM


Someone get Robert Ripley on the line, because Believe It Or Not, the already stacked An Evening with Marlon Williams tour has just had another seven dates added to the calendar. The 26-date March tour is spilling over into February and April, completely out grew Napier’s MTG Theatre, and is bursting at the seams with six Tāmaki Makaurau nights in a row. Ōtautahi gets another show at the James Hay Theatre after the other two sold out, and a new Wellington date sees Williams double back to the capital’s Opera House in early April. *Deep inhale* Arrowtown and Dunedin each get another evening with Marlon, giving fans another chance if they missed out last time, and those at the other end of the country have the unique opportunity to attend a new Leigh Sawmill show, where Williams will be joined by a few of his favourite musical buddies. Tickets for the just announced dates will go on sale midday next Wednesday the 18th of November – set a reminder on your phone right now to avoid being disappointed all over again…

Undertheradar proudly presents…

An Evening With Marlon Williams

Thursday 25th February – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch*

Friday 26th February – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch* SOLD OUT

Saturday 27th February – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch* SOLD OUT

Tuesday 2nd March – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin∞

Wednesday 3rd March – Oamaru Opera House, Oamaru∞

Friday 5th March – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin∞ SOLD OUT

Saturday 6th March – Civic Theatre, Invercargill*

Sunday 7th March – Athenaeuem Hall, Arrowtown△

Monday 8th March – Athenaeuem Hall, Arrowtown△ SOLD OUT

Wednesday 10th March – Regent Theatre, Greymouth^

Thursday 11th March – Theatre Royal, Nelson△

Friday 12th March – Theatre Royal, Nelson△ SOLD OUT

Sunday 14th March – Opera House, Wellington∞ SOLD OUT

Monday 15th March – Whanganui Opera House, Whanganui*

Tuesday 16th March – TSB Theatre Royal, New Plymouth*

Thursday 18th March – Municipal Theatre, Napier* VENUE CHANGE

Friday 19th March – War Memorial Theatre, Gisborne*

Saturday 20th March – Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga*

Sunday 21st March – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh∞

Tuesday 23rd March – Concert Chamber at the Town Hall, Auckland∞ SOLD OUT

Wednesday 24th March – Concert Chamber at the Town Hall, Auckland∞ SOLD OUT

Thursday 25th March – The Hollywood Cinema, Auckland∞

Friday 26th March – The Hollywood Cinema, Auckland∞ SOLD OUT

Saturday 27th March – The Hollywood Cinema, Auckland∞ SOLD OUT

Sunday 28th March – The Hollywood Cinema, Auckland∞

Saturday 3rd April – Opera House, Wellington∞

Tickets for new shows on sale midday Wednesday 18th November. All shows reserve seating, except for the new Leigh show which is standing GA. All shows all ages.

Tickets available via www.ticketek.co.nz*

Tickets available via www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Tickets available via www.eventfinda.co.nz

Greymouth tickets available at venue^

At this stage Marlon Williams, saying you’re a ‘Party Boy’ is a gross understatement…

Press Release:

It’s the tour that just keeps on getting bigger! Seven additional shows have been added to “An Evening with Marlon Williams” to meet audience demand.

Two extra shows have been added at The Hollywood Cinema, Avondale totaling an impressive four nights at the classic Auckland venue plus two at Auckland’s Town Hall Concert Chamber – a massive six Auckland shows!

Christchurch sees a third show added at the James Hay Theatre.

A second show has been added for The Opera House in Wellington.

Dunedin gets a second show at The Glenroy Auditorium.

A second night has been added at the Athenaeuem Hall in Arrowtown.

The Napier MTG Theatre has been upgraded to bigger venue The Municipal Theatre.

And lastly, a different style of concert will take place at Leigh Sawmill. Marlon will play a GA standing floor concert with a handful of his musical friends. This show will feel more like a celebration amid what is Marlon’s biggest ever New Zealand tour to date!

Tickets for all new shows will go on sale at 12.00pm NZDT next Wednesday 18thNovember 2020 and fans are urged to buy quickly to avoid missing out!


Adam McGrath Darren Watson Double Release Extravaganza Announced

Annabel Kean / Thursday 12th November, 2020 11:05AM


Old friends and old souls Darren Watson and Adam McGrath are putting on a hell of a show this December to celebrate a new book, a new album, and run a Christmas toy drive. The pair have titled the evening a "Whateverathon", and promise "stories, songs and a socialism of the public bar" at Ōtautahi stomping ground Cassel’s Blue Smoke. Watson is journeying down from Pōneke for the occasion, sharing songs from his album Getting Sober For The End Of The World to a Christchurch crowd for the first time. When these two country folksters aren’t filling up Blue Smoke with their barrelling baritones, The Eastern‘s McGrath will be reading from his new and "possibly pretentious" book The Dogs Are Up. Warm those cockles and wrap up a soon-to-be favourite toy for a kid in need, Watson and McGrath are sure to put on a magical show…

Adam McGrath and Darren Watson

Friday 11th December – Cassel’s Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Tix on sale HERE via UTR

Adam McGrath’s voice will send chills down you spine in this live rendition of ‘People Like Us’…

Get to know Darren Watson in the clip for album title track ‘Getting Sober For The End Of The World’…

Press Release:

Two of NZ’s foremost roots singer songwriters, Adam McGrath and Darren Watson team up for a double release/toy raiser chirstmas cheer/whateverathon this dec. at chch’s premier community music venue ‘Cassels Blue Smoke’.
Darren will be showcasing his new album ‘Getting Sober for the End of the World’ for the first time in chch and Adam will be releasing a new possibly pretentious book ‘The Dogs Are Up’.

Expect stories, songs and a socialism of the public bar.


Adam McGrath

Adam McGrath is a folk singer stationed wherever he lands. He travels the state highways and byways of New Zealand, Australia, Europe and parts beyond, slinging songs and offering up low rent barroom philosophy with his band of misfits and chancers, The Eastern. He hopes for the best, prepares for the worst and believes in Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, libraries, and singalongs. He lives alone, cooks infrequently and is scared of flags that blow to the right. He is happiest in front of a jukebox as the call for last drinks is given, because jukeboxes are getting harder to find, and the last drinks call means the lock in is ever closer. His songs have gathered more than their share of good reviews in NZ and overseas, he’s been nominated for a couple of serious music awards (including the Apra Silver Scroll), Graham Reid from the NZ herald called him ‘NZ’s toughest minded songwriter’ and Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as “The Truth” while Radio New Zealand refered to him as a “National Treasure”.

Darren Watson

Music journalist Nick Bollinger recently described Darren Watson’s music with the phrase So few notes, so much music. Watson’s thirty five year journey from a busy, almost twitchy, fresh-faced front person for the popular late 80s rhythm and blues showband Chicago Smoke Shop to politically engaged folk-blues troubadour has been something to behold. Over the last decade in particular Watson has developed a uniquely Kiwi writing voice and a direction which has taken his music out of the bar room and into concert halls and festivals. Gone are the imported affectations and electric histrionics. Now then with a bold acoustic-based approach and a sweetly-maturing voice, Watson sings original songs that, while drenched in the blues, could only really come from Aotearoa.


tepotis Die Musikband Announce South Island Tour

A.K. / Tuesday 10th November, 2020 11:13AM


Ōtepoti four-piece Die Musikband, said ‘Dee Moo-seek-band’, take on the South Island this summer for three groove-laden nights of krautrock. Fronted by Jeff Harford of fledgling Flying Nun era group Bored Games, Die Musikband have a wicked five-track EP Erste Musik in their arsenal, as well as Harford’s Broken Heart Breakers bandmate John Guy Howell, Onanon’s Karen McLean, and Alex Gilks on keys. The band promise an evening of pulsing synth-rock jams and grooves, "some with round edges and others with jagged bits", whether you stop by in Dunedin, Oamaru or Ōtautahi. DJ Lazy T brings the party North of Dunedin, providing rare funk and soul tracks into the night, and Anita Clark‘s haunting solo project Motte joins the bill in Christchurch. Familiarise yourself with the joyous instrumentals of Die Musikband and lock in your spot – attendees are in for a treat…

Die Musikband

Friday 4th December – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Tough Guy, Haszari

Friday 11th December – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru w/ DJ Lazy-T

Saturday 12th December – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Motte, DJ Lazy-T

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

An aluminium alien has a boogie and finds some precious treasure in the visuals for ‘The Mekon’…

Press Release:

Elements of the kind of melodic and sonic playfulness of Kraftwerk and Harmonia with a bit of Dunedin wild yeast. – Pop Lib

Dunedin sonic-krautrock four-piece Die Musikband (pronounced ‘Dee Moo-seek-band’), invite you to lose yourself in motorik grooves and pulsing synth-rock jams.

Experience for yourself the dance-inducing instrumentals that have been luring in punters to legendary Dunners night spots The Crown, The Cook and Bark. (Note: If standing at the back nursing a pint is more your style, that works too).

Die Musikband bring some history to the table – from early Flying Nun-era legends to contemporary recording and touring acts. Drummer Jeff Harford (Bored Games, The Rip, My Deviant Daughter, The Broken Heartbreakers) is joined by guitarist John Guy Howell (Salon Kingsadore, The Broken Heartbreakers), bassist Karen McLean (Onanon) and synth player Alex Gilks.

Debut 5-track E.P. Erste Musik, available now as a free download from Bandcamp, is a tasty sampler of Die Musikband’s oeuvre. The recordings were engineered by Operation Rolling Thunder’s Rob Falconer and mixed by Howell.


Na Noise Drop Title Track To New Album Announce Release Show

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Annamarie Ott / Friday 6th November, 2020 8:38AM


Na Noise have delicious treats cooking in their fuzz kitchen, all to be revealed on Saturday the 21st at their Whammy Waiting For You album release show later this month. To whet your appetite, they’ve let loose the title track ‘Waiting For You’, which will appear as the opener on Side ‘Sun’ of the LP. The new single is totally electrifying, with all the organ and wipeout warble of a gnarly surf hit, and the raw, twangy energy of a spaghetti western soundtrack. ‘Waiting For You’ presents an exciting new facet of the Na Noise jewel, no doubt further exploring the trio’s sound, and available on race car red vinyl pressed by the champs at Holiday Records via 1:12 Records — available for pre-order here. Press play now, and clear your calendar for the big album release party…

‘Waiting For You’ Album Release Show

Saturday 21st November – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ LEAO, Hang Loose, ‘super secret, super special’ cameos 

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR – ticket plus vinyl LP option available

Press Release:

Na Noise have shared a brand new single, ‘Waiting For You’, the opening and title-track of Na Noise’s debut album. It was recorded between Yolanda Fagan’s home studio, and Peter Ruddell’s (Wax Chattels, Sulfate) studio on Karangahape Road in Auckland. ‘Waiting For You’ conjures the cinematic excitement that one would find in the opening credits of a film, and features the perfectly exhilarating blend of call-and-response vocals,
organ and percussion.

The band have also released details of their Waiting For You album release show on 21 st of November at Whammy Bar, in Auckland — featuring good friends LEAO, and supergroup Hang Loose, plus super secret, super special featured cameos included on the night.


Nadia Reid Announces Xmas Show Ft Motte Anthonie Tonnon The Broken Heartbreakers

Annabel Kean / Thursday 5th November, 2020 10:43AM


Currently touring Aotearoa on the Reid & Ruins tour, Nadia Reid once again provides festivity and folk for the annual Port Chalmers Christmas Show, which brings cheer to the small port community for its third year running this December. Concerts of yore have seen the likes of Holly Arrowsmith, The Everly Sisters, Anthonie Tonnon, The Chills legend Martin Phillipps, and Reid herself. As per her plan from the get-go, this year the acclaimed Ōtepoti songwriter is taking the reins and staying side of stage (mostly), inviting Anita Clark‘s Motte, The Broken Heartbreakers, and Anthonie Tonnon to perform, saying "I want this concert to become a showcase of great art, and a celebration of togetherness and community". Tickets go on sale November 6th and they won’t last long, so lock it your spot and give yourself something to look forward to…

Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show feat. The Broken Heartbreakers, Anthonie Tonnon and Motte

Friday 18th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin

Tickets on sale HERE from 9.00am, Friday 6 November via UTR

With 18 years of merry music making under their belts, The Broken Heartbreakers know how to put on a show…

Motte creates stunning soundscapes with her haunting vocals and knack for the fiddle…

Tonnon will make an appearance at Reid’s Christmas Show amongst his own Rail Land Tour

Press Release:

Critically acclaimed Dunedin musician Nadia Reid is continuing her annual tradition at the Port Chalmers Town Hall. Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show, now in its third year, is a festive celebration of local music, artists and talent, under the backdrop of Reid’s spiritual home – Port Chalmers.

This year spells a change in format for the shows, as Reid will be stepping back from the stage, and will instead act as curator, bringing together some of her favourite acts from around New Zealand.

“It has been my goal from the beginning to eventually step back from the stage and act in a purely curatorial role, I want this concert to become a showcase of great art, and a celebration of togetherness and community,” Reid said.
Reid added that she may, however, still make a cameo appearance or two.

This year’s concert features The Broken Heartbreakers, Anthonie Tonnon and Motte.
Dunedin locals Rachel Bailey and John Guy Howell lead The Broken Heartbreakers, and will be joined by their band, made up of Craig Monk, Angus McBryde and Paul McLennan-Kissel. This will be the first Dunedin show for the full band in 5 years. With a music career spanning 18 years and four studio albums, The Broken Heartbreakers combine soulful vocals, shimmering guitars, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of pop hooks.

Dunedin favourite Anthonie Tonnon will join the bill with his one man band. Tonnon is revered for his sharp hooks and oral storytelling. Born and raised in Dunedin, the now Whanganui resident is a significant player in the national music community, and returns to Dunedin annually for his Railland show, which this year falls the following week, in Portobello.

Lyttleton cinematic fiddle player Motte (Anita Clark) joins the bill with her eerie and emotive soundscapes. Reid fans will have seen her perform at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in 2019, performing both as Motte and as part of Reid’s band. Clark is sought after for her very distinct musical style, and has collaborated with The Phoenix Foundation, The Eastern and The Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki and many more.

Since its inception, Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show has cemented itself as a staple in Dunedin’s cultural calendar. Tickets go on sale on Friday November the 6th from Reid’s website or Under the Radar, and are expected to sell fast.


Bad Hagrid Announce North Island Summer Tour

Annabel Kean / Image credit: George Naylor / Monday 28th September, 2020 10:42AM


Pōneke psych wizards Bad Hagrid have been champing at the bit to unleash their sweet pop tunes onto eager fans since releasing their debut album Bad Hagrid and The Planet of The Androgynites in May, and at long last they’ll hit the road this November. The talented four-piece, accordion and all, have rolled out a chocka month of North Island shows and appearances along with a sick mix of local support acts, rounding the tour off with a spot at the Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival in the first week of December. Lock eyes with the full run down below, and if you just can’t wait that long, they’re hitting Pōneke this Thursday in support of Sam Cullen‘s debut EP

Bad Hagrid

Wednesday 4th November – Meow, Wellington w/ Siblings, Kingfish

Saturday 7th November – Lucky Bar, Whanganui w/ Rhythm Vision*

Wednesday 11th November – The Third Eye, Wellington w/ Rose Lubransky

Thursday 12th November – The Cabana, Napier w/ Skitz Hydro, The Drams*

Saturday 14th November – Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Marmalade Skies, Copper Feel*

Friday 20th November – The Pitt, Hamilton w/ Dartz*

Saturday 21st November – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Ripship, Dartz*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

See for yourself how charming the Bad Hagrid team is in this delightful riverside recording of ‘The Fisherman’

Press Release:


Let Bad Hagrid guide you on a sonic journey through psychedelic synth soundscapes and soulful vocal melodies to frenetic guitar riffs and visceral drum grooves – of course, not without making a detour through the spicy meme jungles.

All with Knifedge making them visuals tasty x

Bad Hagrid stomps towards you with this banging, post lockdown tour. Haggy will be off on the trusty sidecar with you all along side on brooms. – Don’t forget your goggles, it gets windy up there.

"See you there ya great prune"

– Bad Hagrid



Finn Johansson Jazmine Mary North Island Tour Announced

Annabel Kean / Monday 14th September, 2020 10:53AM


A dream double-header Te Ika-a-Māui tour has been cooked up by the multi-talented mind meld of Finn Johansson and Jazmine Mary. Hailing from Pōneke, Johansson will draw a tear from tracks like ‘Love Bomb’, and have you shotgunning your ale to the likes of his latest single ‘6 Pack’. Both artists have albums in the works, Johansson going as far to say his spring sets will consist almost entirely of new acoustic tracks, and with these two maestros on the mic, you’re in for a good belly laugh too. Post tour, Jazmine Mary is set to shut herself up in the famed Roundhead Studios to record her forthcoming self-titled album, so make the most of her while you can and snap up a ticket…

Finn Johansson & Jazmine Mary

Wednesday 30th September – Valhalla, Wellington*

Saturday 3rd October – Lucky Bar, Whanganui*

Wednesday 7th October – Aroha Ave, Auckland

Thursday 8th October – The Wine Cellar, Auckland*

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR*

Johansson’s brother avenges his death and battles a killer robot in the clip for ‘6 Pack’…

The beautiful, heart-breaking visuals for Jazmine Mary’s ‘Suicide Town’, in which she eats some yummy sand…

Press Release:

Finn Johansson and Jazmine Mary (Akl) go on a North Island tour.
Jazmine Mary is a Dream Folk Artist based in Parau. Visceral and haunting.
The licking of a tangerine. Her surreal rose-tinted sounds will allow you to be transported somewhere bold and watery.
Mary recently embarked on an Australian tour with shows across Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney after releasing her debut single “We like to party” She is currently working on upcoming self titled album that is to be recorded at Neil Finns Roundhead Studios in the coming months.

Fresh off the student radio chart-topping fire of his latest single Six Pack, Pōneke Psensation Finn Johansson is bringing to the table the saddest sads and the bangingest bangs with an almost all new set of acoustic numbers from his upcoming album and pop anthems from his upcoming EP, produced by Jono Nott (Hans Pucket, BROODS). Also he’s into costume changes now after his ‘Greatest Hits’ show, and the long-awaited action figures will hopefully make an appearance on the merch table along with his signature glamour shots, pin up posters and perfume.


Amamelia Announces WOW! Debut Album Release Show

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Lucia Taylor / Friday 4th September, 2020 1:11PM


A month’s warning for Amamelia‘s album release show is graciously welcomed, as like a long distance runner prepares for their marathon, I must undergo training to take me from lockdown-level laziness to all night boogie stamina. Adding to the WOW! drop day festivities are fellow Tāmaki Makaurau fun makers Tei., Totems and Power Nap, providing non-stop club beats and groovers from the word go. Out early October on fine local imprint Sunreturn, WOW! will be Amelia Berry‘s (Fimo, Babyteeth) debut long player as Amamelia, an opus fans eagerly await, already hooked on teaser singles Sad And Lonely, sounding like a b-side from The Beach soundtrack, and synthy house track ‘So Good’. Take note of where to get your Amamelia fix below, and get working on that dance-party fitness with some hot tracks…

Amamelia ‘WOW!’ Album Release

Friday 2nd October – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Tei., Totems & Power Nap

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Close your eyes and feel the groove with warm up track ‘Sad And Lonely’ featuring Junny…

Pick up the pace, it’s time to break a sweat on Totems’ ‘Stunt 151’


The debut EP from Amamelia ‘WOW!’ is out Friday 2nd October via Sunreturn.

Press Release:

Amamelia is the musical project of Amelia Berry, a musician and songwriter currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Amamelia’s music combines breaks normally found in Jungle & Drum & Bass with a sugary synthetic pop sensibility.

Amamelia’s debut album ‘WOW!’, will be released on October 2 via Sunreturn and to celebrate she will perform at Whammy Backroom alongside Power Nap, Tei. and Totems.


Chris William Light Shines Above EP Release National Tour Announced

A.K. / Monday 24th August, 2020 2:37PM


Another highly talented Christchurch jazz school graduate appears: songwriter and bassist Chris William. This year William has been rolling out singles from his second EP Light Shines Above, the follow up to his dreamy, electronic-pop debut Out Of Sight. If all goes to plan, his grand Aotearoa EP tour will finally go ahead this October, coinciding with official release day Friday the 25th of September in his home town Ōtautahi, with support from The Swan Sisters and Ryan Fisherman. The tour will end with a boo(!) and a bang on Halloween night at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Wine Cellar, featuring local talents Nick Dow and BEING.. Get to know the whimsical pop-meets-folk of Chris William, and lock in your spot below…

Chris William

Saturday 26th September- Space Academy, Christchurch w/ The Swan Sisters, Ryan Fisherman

Friday 2nd October – Morning Magpie, Dunedin w/ Your Indigo

Saturday 3rd October – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru w/ Your indigo

Friday 9th October – The Plant, Blenheim w/ Your Indigo

Saturday 10th October – Tim’s Place, Marahau w/ Your Indigo

Saturday 31st October – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Nick Dow, BEING.

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

William and his creative crew match the vastness of single ‘Don’t Forget’ with this stunning clip shot at the Putangirua Pinnacles…

Chris William’s second EP ‘Light Shines Above’ is out Friday September 25th.

Press Release:

Chris William’s second EP, Light Shines Above,
is set for release on September 25th. Self-recorded and produced, it draws from soul, folk, and electronic influences to explore music in all its dimensions.

Before the release of ‘Light Shines Above’ we can look forward to another single + video release, ‘Only Way’ coming soon…

Coinciding with the release (after cancellations due to COVID19), Chris is embarking on a six-date nationwide tour over October, bringing his cinematic sound to the theatre of life.

Along the way, Chris will be supported by some of New Zealand’s finest including; Nick Dow, BEING., The Swan Sisters, Ryan Fisherman and Your Indigo.


Jack Berry And Friends Tour Announced Ft RIIKI Tom Verberne More

Annabel Kean / Friday 21st August, 2020 9:50AM


Surf-pop songwriter Jack Berry is packing his bags and inviting some of his best musical mates along for two stacked North Island shows this September. Joining the Ōtepoti guitarist on his Jack Berry & Friends mini tour is a shining selection of Aotearoa’s young up-and-comers, including "burnouts & meat raffles" band HOT LAPS, and synth, house and bass fiend Bontempo in Tāmaki Makaurau, as well as Tom Verberne, who recently dropped their sophomore album I’ll Watch You Do Anything, and will also make an appearance at Berry’s Pōneke show. Joining the Wellington ranks is pop princess RIIKI and indie newbie Eli Superflyy. Good times creators Low Strung and Dunedin imprint Garbage Records have locked in the following dates for these two slammin’ events…


Jack Berry & Friends

Thursday 24th September – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ HOT LAPS, Tom Verberne & Bontempo

Saturday 26th September – San Fran, Wellington w/ RIIKI, Tom Verberne & Eli Superflyy

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Here’s the moody visualiser for Jack Berry’s ‘HOLLYWOOD’ from his mini EP DUMMY

RIIKI will put on an incredible show with catchy pop tracks like this one…

Press Release:

Garbage x Low Strung Present: Jack Berry And Friends Tour

Dunedin’s Jack Berry is going on the road once again, with new music lurking and some special friends joining him.. this will be a night to good to miss!!

Joining Jack Berry In Auckland is…


Garbage records very own pop-punk act HOT LAPS will be there, fresh off their latest single Friends catch them with the crew.

Tom Verberne:

Tom is coming in hot off of the release of his sophomore album “I’ll Watch You Do Anything” in July and has plenty more lined up for the rest of 2020!


Bontempo has a unique sound and is known for unleashing her selection of house grooves filled with deep smooth basslines and dreamy synths. Come Boogie with Bontempo and this stacked line up!

Joining Jack Berry In Wellington is:


Wellington’s very own rising indie-pop newcomer RIIKI will be joining us with her new music freshly released which has and some very exciting plans that 2020 has in store for her!!

Tom Verberne:

Tom is coming in hot off of the release of his sophomore album “I’ll Watch You Do Anything” in July and has plenty more lined up for the rest of 2020! Catch Auckland’s Tom Verberne alongside this stacked line up

Eli Superflyy:

Fresh to the Wellington music scene Eli Superflyy can be described as Indie/pop driven with an undertone of melancholic moods. With an Ep already under his belt and more music to come, this Is just the start for Eli!


Soaked Oats Announce Say Hey And Play Some New Ones Nationwide Tour

Annabel Kean / Thursday 20th August, 2020 12:00PM


Ōtepoti breakfast-food boys Soaked Oats are making plans for sunnier days this spring, with the announcement of their chonkin’ Say Hey And Play Some New Ones nationwide tour. The cruisy indie four-piece have had their heads down after a scorching summer of touring and festies, sharing their Sludge Pop EP with the country and selling out shows in Australia. They’re reemerging from the winter sludge, having cranked out some new tracks, and now with a debut album just about ready to pop, which tour attendees will get a sneak listen of this October. They’ll be joined for all ten shows by their friend and DJ Hot In The City, with further support acts still to be announced. Soaked Oats will be in a town near you (touch wood) very soon, find your closest fix in the round up below…

Soaked Oats ‘Say Hey And Play Some New Ones’ Tour w/ Hot In The City

Thursday 8th October – Dive, Dunedin*

Friday 9th October – Blue Smoke, Christchurch*

Saturday 10th October – Yonder, Queenstown*

Wednesday 14th October – The Plant, Blenheim*

Friday 16th October – Lucky Bar, Whanganui*

Saturday 17th October – Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, Napier

Friday 23rd October – Tuning Fork, Auckland

Saturday 24th October – Longline Classic Festival, Gisborne

Sunday 25th October – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh*

Saturday 28th November – San Fran, Wellington*

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR*

Enjoy yourself a well-rounded breakfast with a side of ‘Don’t Chew’ and its surreal visualiser…

Press Release:

Having recently finished the first wave of recording for their debut album, Soaked Oats are taking to the road this October for a string of shows up and down the country. The ‘Say Hey and Play Some New Ones’ tour will see them greeting faces throughout Aotearoa and trying out some new material for the first time.

The band will be supported and joined on stage by DJ and friend ‘Hot in the City’ + a few surprise support acts.

Soaked Oats are a young four-piece band that percolated into existence in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2017. Catapulted by their infectious and joyful shows and fast-evolving song-writing chops, the band’s profile and fanbase are on a steep rise.

The indie sludge-pop group have become known for endearing live performances, music that has given the band access to tours throughout the UK and America. 2019 saw the release of their most accomplished work to date, the Sludge Pop EP. The band’s single ‘Coming Up’ was discovered by indie-rock icon Sharon Van Etten who shared to her 90 thousand plus fans and lead to sell-out shows across Australasia.


Going Global Music Summit 2020 Announced For September

Annabel Kean / Thursday 6th August, 2020 10:52AM


Going Global is going local this year, drawing from the cornucopia of Aotearoa-based music industry folks in the know for their annual summit this September. In previous years the boutique conference has boasted speakers Marlon Williams, Ruban Nielson, and dozens of international festival organisers, promoters and label hotshots. Attendees will gather at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios across the 11th and 12th of September, however the rowdy element of the weekend, the Going Global Presents showcase, has been postponed. A blessing in disguise, lowering the ticket prices and lowering the chances of attending a conference very hungover. Watch this space for programme, panellists and workshop announcements, and scroll down to view a gallery of snaps and highlights from last year’s showcase by Connor Crawford

Press Release:

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) announces the annual Going Global Music Summit for 2020.

A two-day boutique conference held to inform and upskill our local music industry, taking place once again at the renowned Roundhead Studios in Auckland.

Friday 11th September / Saturday 12th

Roundhead Studios, Auckland, New Zealand

Local guest speakers to be announced

The two-day GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT is a gateway for any local artist, manager, publicist, A&R, producer, music writer, record label and venue manager to connect with, question and hear ideas from some of the music industry’s most relevant and forward-thinking superstars. This year IMNZ is bringing together New Zealand’s most experienced music industry professionals and artists for a korero with you – and us.

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) General Manager, Dylan Pellett says "This year, it’s going to be locals only. We have plenty to talk about and knowledge to share with our local music community, so we think the time is right to strengthen our own connections with each other and learn from ourselves – with the same outward focus that Going Global has provided over the years. There are some changes, however – the biggest one being the postponement of the Going Global Presents showcase for this year. We are also lowering the conference ticket price to reflect the strange times we’re in. Hope you’ll join with us, as always!"

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Mazbou Q Announces Nationwide Icon Status Tour

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 28th July, 2020 11:56AM


When Nigerian-Kiwi rapper and producer Mazbou Q (fka Unchained XL) isn’t busy organising Black Lives Matter protests or being an Aotearoa-based BLM spokesperson for BBC and Euronews interviews, he’s blowing minds performing his powerful tracks live. In March this year, his Afroternity EP landed, seeing singles ‘To The Gates’ and ‘Bad Energy’ rocket into mainstream airplay. Not long after, he dropped ‘Bruised Soles’ – a killer, fuzzy guitar collaboration with New York artist Regi Angelou. This September, you can catch this hip-hop great face-to-face, as he traverses the country with his band for the Icon Status Tour from Tāmaki to Ōtautahi. Wise up with the full rundown below, and grab tickets for the Mazbou Q Auckland show on the site…

Mazbou Q: Icon Status Tour

Thursday 17th September – The Foundry, Christchurch (free show)

Friday 18th September – Yot Club, Raglan∞
Friday 25th September – Moon, Wellington∞
Saturday 26th September – Neck Of The Woods, Auckland* 

Auckland tickets on sale HERE via UTR*
Tickets available via Banished Music

Mazbou Q released this moving visual accompaniment for track ‘To The Gates’ earlier this year…

Press Release:

Mazbou Q explodes back onto the live music scene in September with the much anticipated 2020 Icon Status tour. 

In March, the Auckland based Nigerian rapper and producer, formerly known as Unchained XL, introduced his sonic and visual evolution with the release of his genre bending EP ‘AFROTERNITY’, which featured on both Spotify and Apple Music New Releases lists. Singles "To The Gates" and "Bad Energy" saw mainstream radio play on Mai FM and Flava and featured on official Spotify playlists The Local List and +64 Flow. 

The socially conscious rapper was one of the organisers of Auckland’s first Black Lives Matter Protest on 1 June which attracted more than 20 000 people. This subsequently galvanised Mazbou Q into the spotlight, talking about issues that he’s always cared deeply about in interviews on international media outlets including BBC and Euronews, as well as numerous local outlets. 

The Icon Status tour will see Mazbou Q and his band deliver their trademark in your face, high energy performances that will be sure to leave your body exhausted and your mind fully engaged long after the final song has played.


Mild Orange Announce Two North Island Shows

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 14th July, 2020 10:05AM


Ōtepoti guitar troupe Mild Orange have released their self-titled sophomore album, and now they’re heading off on two massive North Island shows to share the new music. First formed while at the University of Otago, the four-piece of Josh Mehrtens, Josh Reid, Tom Kelk, and Jack Ferguson have revealed a different, mellower side to their sound on Mild Orange, crediting Yo La Tengo and Crowded House as influences. If you’ve not seen Mild Orange live before, let their sold out Paris and London shows do the talking, and don’t miss out on a ticket when they go on sale this Thursday the 16th. Listen to Mild Orange a few times through, and find out when and where you can catch them live below…

Mild Orange

Saturday 29th August – The Hunter Lounge, Wellington*
Saturday 19th September – Powerstation, Auckland 

Tickets available 10am Thursday 16th July via UTR* and livenation.co.nz

Here’s the super popular clip for woozy new track ‘Freak In Me’…

Press Release:

Mild Orange announce their first shows after the release of their sophomore album, playing in Wellington (Hunter Lounge, August 29) and Auckland (Powerstation, Sept 19).The band are taking their uplifting and powerful live show to the another level and are looking forward to giving New Zealand fans a first taste before the rest of the world. New Zealand’s Mild Orange share their self-titled sophomore album, deemed “the quintessential summertime album” by Riot Magazine. Triangulating somewhere between the dusky atmospheres of Yo La Tengo’s And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, the stately romance of Coldplay’s Parachutes, and the patiently intertwining guitars of classic Kiwi jangle-pop, Mild Orange (out May 29) is a confident step out into the world that American Songwriter says “elevates their musicianship and songcraft” and establishes them as “a strong new voice” and surely suited to fans of Crowded House. Lead single “Freak In Me” brings bedroom pop to the bedroom, and it’s amassed over 1 million views on YouTube for its intimate daydream of a video. And check out the hazy video for “First Taste,” which Under The Radar (NZ) says “helps keep us grounded as we navigate our new post-lockdown realities”

Mild Orange are Josh Mehrtens (vocals/guitar, production, artwork), Josh Reid (lead guitar), Tom Kelk (bass guitar) and Jack Ferguson (drums), four friends who came together while studying at the University Of Otago. Their 2018 debut album Foreplay was an independently released word-of-mouth hit that earned them tens of millions of streams and views, a global fanbase, and led to the band’s first-ever European tour, including sold out dates in London and Paris. Their internet cult has gone international, with fans emerging everywhere


Same Name Confusion Announce Nationwide Tour

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Alex Matthews / Thursday 25th June, 2020 11:00AM


Pōneke alt-pop crew Same Name Confusion have revealed a four date Aotearoa tour to get your blood pumping this winter. The high energy, high concept troop have been cooking up a tasty new single by the name of ‘ESP (Telepathy)’, which will be released late next month in the weeks before their celebratory tour. The song was tracked with Wellington recording hero James Goldsmith, and the full band packed into the studio to recreate their dynamic and dramatic live sound – a new approach since dropping their debut EP In Theory early last year. Don’t sleep on this one, find out where you can catch Same Name Confusion’s enrapturing stage show below…

UTR proudly presents…

Same Name Confusion

Friday 31st July – Dunedin, Starters Bar

Saturday 1st August – Christchurch, Space Academy

Friday 7th August – Wellington, Meow

Saturday 8th August – Auckland, Whammy Bar

Tickets available via Banished Music

Here they are rarking up The Factory crowd and bouncing off the walls to ‘Must Be Lucky’

Press Release:

Pōneke alt-rock outfit Same Name Confusion will perform four shows across Aotearoa in support of their new single ESP (Telepathy), out July 17. This is the band’s first release since their debut EP In Theory which included the Radioactive.fm #1 song of 2019 Must Be Lucky.

ESP (Telepathy) was recorded with James Goldsmith (Mermaidens) at Lee Prebble’s Surgery Studios in a bid to capture the band’s signature live exuberance on record. Lead vocalist Luke Courtney comments on the process:

“I can’t speak highly enough of James. I don’t think he’d made a heap of records similar to what we wanted to do but he’s such a professional; he did an amazing job retaining the energy of our performance. It’s a song that you can really move to; that was one of the changes we wanted to make for this release. We’ve also brought the full band onto the recording this time; with the band comes the excitement that is such a feature of our live shows.”

Same Name Confusion have quickly emerged as one of the most exhilarating live acts in New Zealand. Led Courtney’s off kilter delivery, the band’s theatrical and energetic performances have earnt support slots for Australians Skegss, Lime Cordiale and Spacey Jane as well as appearances at Cubadupa, Cross Street, and Tora Bombora Festivals.

Radio 13 said of their live performance: “It’s raw, energetic and eccentric…Same Name Confusion should be leaders of surreal performances and one not to be missed.”

Indeed this is one not to be missed.


Bad Hagrid Wellington Show Announced Ft SOG Sofia Machray Serious Happiness

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 23rd June, 2020 1:24PM


Bad Hagrid invite Pōneke gig-goers to a magical evening of new music to "whip the beard" to next weekend. Having emerged from lockdown with lush facial hair, debut album Bad Hagrid & The Planets Of The Androgynites, and some newly form musical friendships, the surf-pop outfit has plenty to show off. The additions of guitar-pop act and student radio favourite SOG, powerhouse vocalist Sofia Machray, and bringers of indie joy Serious Happiness make for a quadruple stacked lineup. If that long list of solid reasons to attend didn’t cut it, they’re also donating all ticket profits to The Stone Soup Community Initiative. You’d be a fool not to attend, so find out how you can below…

Bad Hagrid w/ SOG, Sofia Machray, Serious Happiness

Thursday 2nd July – Valhalla, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to ‘The Liger’ from Bad Hagrid and The Planet of The Androgynites…

Garage rockers SOG party from the couch in the Ruby Rowe directed video for ‘Seasonally’…

Industrial Studios hosted Sofia Machray last month, where she belted out her debut single ‘Handstands’…

Press Release:

So, Bad Hagrid finally made it out of lockdown, surprise surprise. Bad Hagrid somehow came out of it with some new friends, an album, and an even longer beard. How? He doesn’t even know.

This show here is the first show since the debut album Bad Hagrid and The Planets of The Androgynites – Released during lockdown (well-done aunty Cindy).

I’ve missed you all yer wee friends. I hope you all are misbehavin after this lockdown thing. Hope yerr all safe as a spider in ‘er burrow. Come down and whip the beard.

– Bad Hagrid


SOG is a disgustingly fun act that tears up the indie-grunge sound and throws it back at you in their own style. They mix the Poneke Punk with the sweet guitar jangle of a classic naughties Indie sound, Bad Hagrid likey. SOG brings you the finest of the fine when it comes to closing a show strong and making you dance your little ass off. Currently on the @Radio Active top 11, SOG are pure untampered bliss.

Sofia Machray is an electric master of the Singer-Songwriter gone rogue. She bangs some Indie-Pop out into the atmosphere and people come running to hear. Her debut single Handstands gives you summer on a rainy day and makes Bad Hagrid want to dance with the daisies. Currently number 1 on @RadioOne down in Dunedin and climbing the SRN top 10, Sofia Machray is unmatched in her sonic field.

Serious Happiness brings you the sweet, sweet, sweet noise that resonates with the heart, but then, occasionally will break it. But, they will definitely make fall in love again, as they have caused Bad Hagrid to feel this way. Their newest EP ‘Serious Happiness EP’ is the matured wine of the Wellington Indie-Pop scene. The sound encompasses all the simple flavours and smooshes them together into a delicious soundscape. Breaking out of the scene with a bang, we give you, the most serious happiness you can achieve.


Doors: 7:30

Serious Happiness: 8:00

Sofia Machray: 8:30

Bad Hagrid: 9:00

SOG: 10:00


IllBaz Half Queen Pom DJ Night Announced At Neck Of The Woods

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 23rd June, 2020 11:53AM


This Friday on Karangahape Road, Neck Of The Woods hosts a sizzling triple bill of Tāmaki Makaurau’s hottest party starters and beat makers. IllBaz returns to the physical realm after a run of mid lockdown streamed sets via Cassette, Side Door, and with JessB for NOTW. Auckland icon Half Queen will be spinning tracks and ramping up heart rates,
warming up (not that she needs to) for her debut appearance with club night collective FILTH on Friday July 3rd. To top it all off, beloved NOTW regular DJ Pom will be making an appearance this weekend too. Scroll down and groove to his Cassette fundraiser mix after familiarising yourself with the gig deets here…

Neck Level – IllBaz, Half Queen and Pom

Friday 26th June – Neck of the Woods, Auckland

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Downtown venue Cassette compiled a bill of Tāmaki Makaurau favourites for a fundraiser livestream, here’s DJ Pom’s addictive contribution…

IllBaz, Raiza Biza and Melodownz reimagine iconic films in the slick clip for ‘Red Wine’

Press Release:

This Friday we welcome back 3 of our favourite DJs to the Neck of the Woods stage for some NECK LEVEL business supported by our good friends at RedBull.

After djing 2 incredible sets for the NOTW Live Streams (with Melodownz AND Jess B) the homie ILL BAZ is back and ready to throw down to a lively crowd! Joined by HALF QUEEN ahead of her debut FILTH at NOTW and our good friend and part of the NOTW whānau POM then you know we on!


Runaround Sue Reunion Show Adam Hattaway At Wunderbar

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 10th June, 2020 2:41PM


Lyttelton rock’n’rollers Runaround Sue are reforming for a very special one night only show this month, filling the topsy turvy Wunderbar venue with Anthea Struthers‘ touching bluesy country tunes. Ōtautahi soul-meets-folk act Adam Hattaway And The Haunters will be warming up the stage, with their outstanding sophomore album Crying Lessons under their belt, and front man Hattaway no doubt oozing with two months worth of charm and steez to unleash on the Wunderbar crowd. A night fit for the broken hearted and the hopeless romantics, check the date and lock in your tickets here…

Runaround Sue w/ Adam Hattaway And The Haunters

Saturday 27th June – Wunderbar, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Hattaway stumbles into a bit of a pickle in this Marlon Williams directed clip…

Press Release:

Lyttelton Country rock n roll MACHINE, Runaround Sue are getting back together for one last time!! A rare opportunity to marvel at the amazing voice of the vicar’s daughter, ANTHEA STRUTHERS and her beautiful songs of loss and heartache. Sharing the night are ADAM HATTAWAY and the HAUNTERS. Hattaway is running hot having recently released the highly acclaimed album, Crying Lessons, and touring the country several times in the last year. A man with a hot young band, a bunch of punchy, soulful tunes who will turn the heat up to the max in the best little venue in town. NOT TO BE MISSED!!


Neil MacLeod Announces Wellington BLM Fundraiser Show

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 9th June, 2020 12:08PM


Pōneke electronic pop and experimental live performer Neil MacLeod returns to the gigging world this month for a one off show at San Fran in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Last year MacLeod released his To Unfold EP and spent the following months selling out audio-visual shows in theatres throughout the country. Later this month he returns with old songs and new, and is taking the opportunity to donate 100% of the night’s profits to US bail funds in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. MacLeod and his two-piece band will be joined by a mysterious yet-to-be-announced special guest, so lock in your spot at the link below, and begin mental preparation to be in a room with more than 100 people…

Neil MacLeod & Special Guest

Friday 19th June – San Fran, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Last month Neil MacLeod belted out track ‘Trems’ live from his bubble…

Press Release:

Almost exactly one year since his last headline shows in the capital, Neil MacLeod is pleased to bring his distinct style of indie electronica to the San Fran stage once again on Friday June 19th, performing older favourites and some new material accompanied by his two piece band.

In support of the peaceful protests going on in the United States, we have decided to donate 100% of profits from the performance to Bail Funds, Mutual Aid Funds and Racial Justice Organisations.

We are stronger together. Give nothing to Racism.

Tickets on sale now via UTR.


Ministry Of Folk Auckland Show Announced Feat Sam Loveridge Foxtrots Hoop

A.K. / Photo of Foxtrots credit: Erica McQueen / Monday 8th June, 2020 2:58PM


The Ministry Of Folk are cooking up a cockles-warming evening of Aotearoa folk and country songwriters at the Auckland Guide Hall late next month. Hosted by banjo and fiddle wranglers HOOP, attendees will be able to enjoy the show from ‘cabaret-style’ tables. Tāmaki Makaurau newcomer Sam Loveridge and his band are on the bill, delivering jazzy pop tracks from his album Clarity, fresh from wowing at this year’s Auckland Folk Festival. And all the way from charming small town Geraldine (the home of Barkers preserves), award-winning wunderkind Foxtrots aka Zoe Scott is bringing her heartfelt songwriting talents to the table too. Take note of the details below…

The Ministry of Folk: Sam Loveridge, Foxtrots & Hoop

Saturday 25th July – Auckland Guide Hall, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Sam Loveridge snaps to the tune of ‘Better Days’ after a week of office blues…

Check out this intimate performance of Foxtrots’ track ‘3.05’…

Press Release:

The Ministry of Folk is the alternative acoustic music club – intimate performances in a beautiful old church hall halfway down Dominion Road in Mt Eden. With cabaret-style seating and BYO drinks, a splendid time is guaranteed for all. All proceeds to guest musicians.

In July, we are proud to feature Sam Loveridge: A young singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist who was one of the standouts at the recent Auckland Folk Festival. Sam’s debut album Clarity is out now and we look forward to hearing an energetic set from Sam and his excellent band.

Also appearing is Foxtrots aka Zoe Scott. In her short 19 years Zoe has been awarded many national and international awards. Foxtrots captivates audiences with her powerful, yet effortless voice with an emotional vulnerability beyond her years. Not to be missed

HOOP will host this event and present another diverse set of their original songs with banjo and fiddle adding to the folky pop vibe of the evening.

Easy parking. Address at 132 Grange Road