Blam Blam Blam Announce Auckland Headline Show New Hamilton Date

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 10:00AM


Before The Mutton Birds there was Blam Blam Blam, who foisted upon the world such quintessentially Aotearoa anthems as ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand’ and ‘Don’t Fight it Marsha, It’s Bigger than Both of Us’ during their initial period of activity between 1982 and 1984 (a nose ahead of The Smiths when it came to long song titles). Performing nationwide in March with a cavalcade of fellow Australasian superstars — including The Hoodoo Gurus, Sir Dave Dobbyn, Mi-Sex, Stellar*, Greg Johnson and Gin Wigmore — original Blams Don McGlashan, Tim Mahon and Mark Bell have spilled the beans about not only a special new headline event at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Tuning Fork, but also a new date for their Kirikiriroa show at Last Place, both proudly presented by UTR.

A rare treat absolutely not to be missed, go catch Blam Blam Blam live at the following dates, plus note: all tickets for the Hamilton event remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

Blam Blam Blam

Thursday 2nd March – Powerstation, Auckland with The Hoodoo Gurus 
Saturday 4th March – Selwyn Sounds festival, Lincoln, Canterbury w/ The Hoodoo Gurus, Sir Dave Dobbyn, Gin Wigmore, Mi-Sex, Stellar*, Greg Johnson

Sunday 5th March – Hutt Sounds festival, Upper Hutt, Wellington w/ The Hoodoo Gurus, Mi-Sex, Stellar*, Greg Johnson
Thursday 9th March – The Tuning Fork, Auckland [new show]∞
Friday 10th March – Last Place, Hamilton [new date]*

*Hamilton tickets available HERE via UTR

∞Auckland tickets available HERE
Ticketing info available HERE

Hit play on Blam Blam Blam’s iconic 1981 single ‘There Is No Depression in New Zealand’…

The Exploited New Zealand Tour 2023 New Dates Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 23rd January, 2023 12:00PM


Returning to our shores after three years away, Scottish punk legends The Exploited have announced their upcoming New Zealand tour has been rescheduled to November 2023. Formed in Edinburgh back in 1979 and creators of such explosive anthems as ‘Sex and Violence’, ‘Army Life’, ‘Fuck The USA’, ‘Troops Of Tomorrow’, ‘UK ’82’ and ‘Cop Cars’, The Exploited’s red mohawked frontman Wattie Buchan experienced a heart attack in December, necessitating some downtime before the group can get back to touring the globe again. The wait will be worth it as their 2020 Aotearoa shows were wild, check out photographer Bruce Mackay’s snaps and video footage of The Exploited’s San Fran gig HERE. Read the official statement below — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)…


And neither is Wattie – but he did have a heart attack in December, so whilst The Exploited will be back up on stages around the world soon, it was felt an extra month to get back to top form was in order. This means the Australian and New Zealand Exploited dates scheduled for February will now be postponed until November 2023. Fear not, Covid lockdowns and near death experiences will not dissuade Wattie and The Exploited from fulfilling their promise to Aussie and Kiwi fans – they will be here in November and they are promising the best Exploited shows ever."

Tickets purchased for original advertised show will be valid for the new dates. Wattie had a heart attack, but he’ll be here – but if you’re too soft, that’s cool – refunds will be available from point of purchase until February 6th 2023."

Exploited – 2023 Tour New Dates

Wednesday 22nd November – 12 Bar, Christchurch
Thursday 23rd November – San Fran, Wellington
Friday 24th November – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out The Exploited’s incredibly rowdy 1981 Top of the Pops performance of ‘Dead Cities’…

UTR 2022 Roundup Festive Season Gig Picks

C.C. / Friday 23rd December, 2022 2:05PM


That’s a wrap! We’ve reached the end of a year which started out precarious for Aotearoa’s live music community and now feels much steadier gig-wise, check out the stacked selection of shows happening this summer listed below as proof. Massive thanks and lots of love to everyone who supported our proudly independent, music news and ticketing site in 2022 — NZ On Air, NZ Music Commission, all the artists, venues, event organisers and promotors, labels, advertisers, writers / interviewers / photographers / video makers, everyone who used our ticketing service, our official UTR supporters [see here for info on how to get involved] and of course you dear reader. It’s still dicey times for independent venues across the country who need your help, get out there and support your community by going to a gig this summer!

Our editorial team are heading away for festive break and we’ll be fully back in the office on 16th January [email advance promo info here] — the UTR ticketing crew will be manning the help desk [over here] through the new year. Explore our festive season gig picks below and ponder the critical question: what will 2K23 bring?

UTR’s 2022 Favourite Music Moments

Listen To UTR’s 2022 End Of Year Playlist



Fri 23rd Dec: Otium At Butters – The Butter Factory, Whangarei

Sat 31st Dec: NYE At Wekaweka Community Hall, Waimamaku

Sat 31st Dec: New Years Eve Party with Nathan Haines – Plough & Feather, Kerikeri


Fri 23rd Dec: Warren Duncan Live – Ponsonby Social Club

Fri 23rd Dec: 1:12 Xmas Party 2022 – Whammy Bar

Fri 30th Dec: Crazy P Soundsystem – Dr Rudi’s Brewing Co.

Sat 31st Dec: Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 – Cupid Bar

Fri 6th Jan: Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn – Whammy Bar

Fri 6th Jan: Brad Baloo (Nextmen / UK) – Ponsonby Social Club

Fri 6th Jan: Live Noise! – The Wine Cellar

Sat 7th Jan: Rocky Bay Folk Club Presents India meets Ireland – Omiha Memorial Hall, Waiheke Island

Sat 7th Jan: Let’s Dance! Bowie Party – Whammy Bar

Sat 7th Jan: Antebellum, House of Ousey, Black Gravel City – Dead Witch

Thu 12th Jan: Surf Trash – UFO

Fri 13th Jan: Surf Trash – Whammy Backroom
Fri 13th Jan: SKILAA, Phoebe Rings, A.C. Freazy – Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Fri 13th Jan: Louisa Nicklin, Ringlets – The Wine Cellar

Sat 14th Jan: Moppy vs A Crude Mechanical – The Wine Cellar

Sat 14th Jan: Late To Chelsea Presents: Under The Bridge At Wech’s Island – Wech’s Island, Whangaparoa

Sat 14th Jan: J-Clef Live – Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland

Sun 15th Jan: Automatic (LA) – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Sun 15th Jan: Exploding Rainbow Orchestra Play The New Exploding Rainbow Songbook – Rampant Coffee Company

Mon 16th Jan: Comeback Kid – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Waikato / Coromandel Peninsula

Fri 30th Dec: Kita – The Yard Cafe & Venue, Raglan

Sat 31st Dec: Bowie Bowie! – Secret Garden Cafe, Waihī
Sat 7th Jan: Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn – Eggsentric Cafe, Coromandel

Sun 8th Jan: Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn – The Yard Cafe & Venue, Raglan

Fri 13th Jan: Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 – The Yot Club, Raglan

Sun 15th Jan: Mungo’s Hi Fi plus guests – The Yot Club, Raglan

Hawkes Bay / Bay Of Plenty

Fri 23rd Dec: Bill Angus And The Mighty Ways – The Cabana, Napier

Thu 29th Dec: SMASH SUMMER SESH IX – Smash Palace, Gisborne

Sat 31st Dec: Hell Yea’s Eve – Tauranga Historic Village Hall, Tauranga

Wed 4th Jan: Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn – Smash Palace, Gisborne

Thu 5th Jan: Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn – Totara St., Tauranga

Fri 6th Jan: Somebody Do Something – Paisley Stage, Napier
Sat 7th Jan: Raige Rest 2023 – Common Room, Hastings

Sat 7th Jan: BAD SCHEMATICS – Paisley Stage, Napier

Thu 12th Jan: Takumi Motokawa Presents ‘Toad Live’ – Common Room, Hastings

Fri 13th Jan: Debbie Fear – Peak House, Havelock North

Fri 13th Jan: Crash Bandihoot, Magical Mystery Monkeys – Paisley Stage, Napier

Sat 14th Jan: Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 – Dome Cinema, Gisborne

Manawatū-Whanganui / Taranaki / Wairarapa

Mon 2nd Jan: DJ Brad Baloo – Tohi, Martinborough

Tue 3rd Jan: Ōakura Groove – Butlers Reef, Ōakura

Thu 12th Jan: Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn – Eight Ball, New Plymouth

Sat 14th Jan: Surf Trash – The Stomach, Palmerston North

Sat 14th Jan: My Baby – Butlers Reef, Ōakura


Fri 23rd Dec: 0800 Belly Up EP Release Party – San Fran
Fri 23rd Dec: Crying Club, Big Pharma, Truly Friday – Valhalla

Mon 2nd Jan: DJ Brad Baloo – Tohi, Martinborough

Thu 5th Jan: Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 – Moon1
Thu 5th Jan: Somebody Do Something – Valhalla
Fri 13th Jan: Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn – San Fran

Fri 13th Jan: Lucy Dreams Premiere Wellington Show – Valhalla

Sat 14th Jan: Mokomoko, The Shwayliens, Camo MC – St Peters Hall Paekakariki, Paekakariki

Sat 14th Jan: Noé, So&So, Earl Green – San Fran

Sat 14th Jan: BAD SCHEMATICS: keep your gods EP Release Series – MOON

Tue 17th Jan: Comeback Kid – Valhalla

Nelson-Tasman / Marlborough / West Coast

Fri 30th Dec: Raw Collective – East Street Cafe, Nelson

Thu 5th Jan: Oscar LaDell and Chris Armour at The Tasman Blues Club – THE BARN, Nelson

Fri 6th Jan: Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 – Deville, Nelson

Sat 7th Jan: The Shocking And Stunning + Friends – Zappekin Artists & Allies, Motueka

Sat 7th Jan: Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 NZ – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Sat 7th Jan: Ensemble Sangineto (Italy) – Barrytown Hall, Barrytown

Sun 8th Jan: Heavy Chest, O & The Mo – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Thu 12th Jan: Ensemble Sangineto (Italy) – The Playhouse Theatre and Restaurant, Mapua

Fri 13th Jan: Ensemble Sangineto (Italy) – Le Cafe, Picton

Fri 13th Jan: Newtown Rocksteady – The Boathouse, Nelson


Fri 23rd Dec: The Jehts – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Fri 30th Dec: Somebody Do Something – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Fri 30th Dec: Delaney Davidson, Roy Montgomery, Emily Fairlight, Outsiders – Lyttelton Coffee Company, Lyttelton

Fri 30th Dec: Al Park Aad The Unknown Legends, Adam Mcgrath, Frankie Daly – A Rolling Stone, Christchurch

Mon 2nd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Tai Tapu Hotel, Christchurch

Thu 12th Jan: Revulva – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Sat 14th Jan: Absolute Bowie – darkroom, Christchurch

Otago / Queenstown-Lakes District / Southland

Fri 23rd Dec: Monty Bevins – House Concert, Lake Hawea

Fri 23rd Dec: [Allophones], Sour Queen – Dive, Dunedin

Tue 27th Dec: Julian Temple Band – ZanziBar, Dunedin

Mon 2nd Jan: Revitalize Festival 2023 – Mangapiri Downs Organic Stud Farm (between Tuatapere and Manapouri and Otautau), Tuatapere

Tue 3rd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Luggate Hotel, Wanaka

Tue 3rd Dec: Ballads To Blues – Hanover Hall , Dunedin

Thu 5th Jan: Ensemble Sangineto (Italy) – Ophir Peace Memorial Hall, Alexandra

Fri 6th Jan: Takumi Motokawa Presents ‘Toad Live’,Robert Scott solo – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin

Sat 7th Jan: Fazed On A Pony, Tough Guy, Keira Wallace – maggies, Dunedin

Sat 7th Jan: Both Sides Of The Line – Bark @ Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin
Fri 13th Jan: Revulva – House Concert, Hawea Flat, Lake Hawea

Sat 14th Jan: Saurian, Buda, Ghost Colored Faces – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!

Bandcamp Friday SRN Aotearoa Xmas Recommendations

C.C. / SRN contributors
/ Friday 2nd December, 2022 8:36AM


Summer’s here and the final Bandcamp Friday for 2022 arrives today, wrapping up an unforgettable twelve months in Aotearoa that future historians are sure to puzzle over with furrowed brow. For our final SRN x UTR Bandcamp Friday feature of the year we’ve decided to shake up our monthly format with a very special CHRISTMAS EDITION. We’ve invited Student Radio Network representatives to highlight some of their personal favourite local Xmas / festive / summer / related / whatever jams (new or older) to start the silly season right and get the ball rolling for Bandcamp Friday. The online music platform will waive their revenue share on all artists’ music and merch sales from 9pm NZST tonight, until 9pm NZST on Saturday (handy countdown clock HERE) — support local artists and get amongst.

Sharing their festive-themed selections are reps from Radio One 91FM, Radio Control 99.4FM, Radio Active 88.6FM, RDU 98.5FM and 95bFM. On top of these options, be sure to check out the impeccably curated and diverse buyaotearoa wishlist, and of course dive into Bandcamp’s New Zealand tag page HERE for more to the minute local music discoveries…

‘A Wonderful Christmastime’ – Lucky Boy^

A wonderfully haunted and f**ked up version of the song originally by Paul McCartney and Wings. Every classic chord is warped and bent out of shape, and a few great guitar chords are chucked in the middle. Like the eggnog-and-pastry residue that builds up in the corners of your grandfather’s mouth on Christmas day, it is both gross and oddly charming. — Liam Donnelly, RDU 98.5FM Programme Manager & Host of RDU’s Burnt Breakfast, Ōtautahi / Christchurch

‘Jesus Christ’ – Brian Tamaki and the Kool​-​Aid Kids

Cover of Big Star’s Christmas classic from their 1978 "3rd" album by Christchurch band Brian Tamaki and the Kool-Aid Kids. This cover defies the odds by being terrible and great at the same time. DISCLAIMER: This is not the Brian Tamaki, just another person called Brian Tamaki. — Liam Donnelly, RDU 98.5FM Programme Manager & Host of RDU’s Burnt Breakfast, Ōtautahi / Christchurch

No Xmas For John Key – compilation (2014)

This Yuletide season, while you try to clean your BBQ and work out your best excuse as to why you won’t wear that Christmas sweater your mother knitted for you 5 years ago, why not take a break and jam on No Xmas For John Key. This 2014 compilation [a different one to the 2016 compilation featured above — Ed.]  is full of cheer and joy, from Strange Harvest’s cold-wave to cool you down from the summer heat, to Michael Cathro (Ha The Unclear) reminding us what Christmas is all about — drunken fights and commercialism, there’s something off everyone’s stocking. — Jamie Green, Radio One 91FM Breakfast Host & Producer, Ōtepoti / Dunedin

‘Best Wishes’ – Pixie Williams

This song was recorded at TANZA studios, just around the corner from Radioactive.FM and is now the home to Field and Green restaurant in Wellington. I’m fortunate to have interviewed Pixie’s daughter Amelia Costello which was a very memorable conversation about a beautiful slice of Aotearoa music history. — Maggie Tweedie, Radio Active 88.6FM Breakfast Host, Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington


‘Pretty Paper’ – Tami Nielson

Another song that pulls on the heart strings and proves Tami has long been devoted to the music of Willie Nelson. A song full of empathy and aroha for those who struggle at Christmas… all Bandcamp proceeds from this song are donated to the Auckland City Mission [‘Pretty Paper’ is available for purchase HERE] — Maggie Tweedie, Radio Active 88.6FM Breakfast Host, Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

‘I Don’t Know What To Get You For Christmas (Do I Really Love You?)’ – Hans Pucket

As Hans Pucket get set to take on the world touring their INCREDIBLE new album No Drama, what better time is there to harken back to their supremely pretty and characteristically sincere contemporary Christmas ballad ‘I Don’t Know What To Get You For Christmas (Do I Really Love You?)’. This one’s really got me in the feels as I rack my brains for the perfect office Secret Santa present. I’d suggest this and / or the aforementioned No Drama as the ideal Chrimbo gift for the love in your life. — Josh Dominikovich, Radio Active 88.6FM Breakfast Producer, Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington

Welcomer EP – Welcomer

The much anticipated self-titled EP by Te Whanganui-a-Tara misty emo pop group Welcomer is finally here! Cop this album, they spent all their next album’s budget on their Christmas party, Let’s help them out for next years! — Anna Fairweather, Radio Control 99.4FM (Events and General Legend), Te Papaioea / Palmerston North

‘CiTy RePPa’ feat. Samir – Club Tremaine

Who needs a Christmas parade when the legend that is Samir (aka Decktrick) is giving you a guided tour of the CBD, ending up at the family institution that is Princess Street McDonald’s. — Anna Fairweather, Radio Control 99.4FM (Events and General Legend), Te Papaioea / Palmerston North

‘Marie Te Po!’ – Lucky Boy

A gorgeous te reo version of classic Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’. Immediately puts you in the sleepy, summery Christmas mindset and conveys everything I love about Christmas in Aotearoa. Also, More! Shreds! In! Christmas! Carols! Plz! — Zoë Larsen Cumming, 95bFM Breakfast Producer, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ – The Beths

There’s something really special about Christmas songs that feel unique to Aotearoa when we’re so often listening to classics about snow covered fields and fires (which don’t get me wrong, I’m very into) when it’s muggy as hell outside. That’s why I love this cover of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Christmas’ by The Beths. It feels like it’s just for us while still being warm and familiar. — Zoë Larsen Cumming, 95bFM Breakfast Producer, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

‘Xmas Sux’ – Thee Golden Geese

Looking for the perfect song to listen to as you storm down to the pub after a Christmas-eve family argument? Your rock uncles Thee Golden Geese have your back with their furious festive rager ‘Xmas Sux’. Pop in your headphones and power-walk it off mate. — Rachel Ashby, 95bFM Breakfast Host, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

‘Unholy Night’ – Louisa Nicklin

Move over Joni Mitchell ‘cos Louisa Nicklin’s got the festive blues covered with her empathetic ballad ‘Unholy Night’, full of existential pondering and general world anxiety. Who needs a river to skate away on when you’ve got a Toyota Corolla to lug your Christmas Tree home? — Rachel Ashby, 95bFM Breakfast Host, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

Helmet Returning To New Zealand In April 2023

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 1st December, 2022 8:00AM


Heavy riff lovers rejoice — initially announced to be visiting Aotearoa back in 2020, Page Hamilton‘s legendary Helmet have locked in April 2023 dates for their Best Of Helmet 1989-2023 New Zealand Tour. Hailed by Extreme Music author Michael Tau as "among the most impressive purveyors of viscerally loud music", Helmet forged their own cacophonous path over more than three decades to influence multiple generations of artists worldwide. Practically a genre unto themselves, the NYC unit’s high decibel output includes such straight up classics as Meantime (1992), Betty (1994) and Aftertaste (1997). The long wait by local fans will be rewarded with "career defining songs and all-time fan favourites, a complete evening of essential music from one of heavy music’s most essential bands."

Read Nich Cunningham’s interview with Hamilton HERE and check out next year’s dates below. Note: all tickets remain valid including shows where the venue has changed, and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Helmet – Best Of Helmet 1989-2023 New Zealand Tour

Friday 14th April – The Tuning Fork, Auckland*

Saturday 15th April – Last Place, Hamilton

Sunday 16th April – San Fran, Wellington

Monday 17th April – The Loons, Lyttelton

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

*Auckland tickets via

Experience the epic riffage of ‘Give It’ from 1992’s Meantime…

Here’s their massive anthem ‘Exactly What You Wanted’ from 1997’s Aftertaste…

Check out the classic clip for ‘Milquetoast’ from 1994’s The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack…

Press release:

Honouring the patience of devoted fans all over the country, Helmet have confirmed their long-awaited return to deliver the very best of their celebrated catalogue.

In April 2023 Helmet will storm New Zealand stages delivering career defining songs and all-time fan favourites, a complete evening of essential music from one of heavy music’s most essential bands. Beginning at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on Friday 14 April, the band will then head south to play The Last Place in Hamilton on Saturday 15 April, San Fran in Wellington on Sunday 16 April before wrapping up at Loons in Christchurch on Monday 17 April.

For over three decades, Page Hamilton and Helmet have provided the foundation for modern guitar and heavy alternative music. Fusing the complexity of jazz, the extreme power of metal and a liberal dose of avant guard, Helmet continue to guide the way for a myriad of bands into the modern age. Led by Hamilton’s incendiary time-contorting riffs and molten liquid leads, Helmet are the epitome of extreme musicality.

From the devastating guitar riff of “Repetition” opening 1990’s Strap It On through to the pulsating bass and feedback of “Life Or Death” which closes their most recent album Dead To The World, Page Hamilton and his band continue to raise the bar for uncompromising, sonically brutal guitar driven rock.

Important Info: All tickets currently held by patrons for the previously scheduled 2020 Helmet New Zealand tour will be valid for these new dates, including shows where the venue has changed.

All ticket holders will receive an email from their ticketer notifying the new dates. If ticket holders are unable to attend the new dates, a full refund will be provided.

Lil Ugly Mane NZ Shows Rescheduled To March 2023

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 22nd November, 2022 12:11PM


It’s a rare artist who can be described as both genre-defining and genre-defying. Lil Ugly Mane‘s 2012 album Mista Thug Isolation is widely considered a benchmark underground rap release of the era, and he continues to break the mould with his ’21 sampladelic long player volcanic bird enemy and the voiced concern, plus material under his Bedwetter, Shawn Kemp and Vudmurk monikers. Aotearoa fans looking forward to catching the Richmond, Virginia hip hop artist will need to wait a little longer, as his local headline shows have been necessarily rescheduled to due to health issues, with new March dates announced today by the WavyLand crew — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)…

Lil Ugly Mane

Monday 20th March – Neck of the Woods, Auckland*

Tuesday 21st March – Meow, Wellington

*General public tickets available HERE via UTR 
Wellington ticket info available at

Listen to ‘benadryl submarine’ from Lil Ugly Mane’s 2021 long player volcanic bird enemy and the voiced concern…

Press release:

WavyLand is excited to announce the re-scheduled dates for the Lil Ugly Mane Australia + New Zealand tour. The previously announced dates for November 2022 will now be moved to March 2023. There are no venue changes and all tickets purchased for previous dates will be valid without the need for exchange. If you’re unable to attend the new dates please refer to your point of purchase for all refund enquiries.

Known for his cloudy production and sinister lyrical style, Lil Ugly Mane, is widely considered as one of the most legendary artists of the past decade, with his 2012 album Mista Thug Isolation being considered seminal for underground rap.

Known for his absurd side projects and aliases including Shawn Kemp, Vudmurk and Bedwetter, Lil Ugly Mane’s most recent project Volcanic Bird Enemy and the Voiced Concern was released in 2021, a surprise left-turn into sampladelic alternative rock recalling the output of ’90s labels like Slabco and Grand Royal.

Lil Ugly Mane will bring his eclectic cross-genre catalogue to tour Australia and NZ visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Wellington & Auckland during March 2023.

Visit for all ticket and event information.

UTR Summer Prize Pack Giveaway

C.C. / Image credit: Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 17th November, 2022 12:50PM


Summer’s nearly here and Kris Kringle will soon be tapping on your window, so it’s time to unleash the mighty official UTR Summer Prize Pack giveaway!

We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary next year as a staunchly independent music news site, ticketing service and online gig guide, and as a way of saying thanks for supporting UTR over the rough and tumble past couple of years, we’ve got a special pack of festive loot to giveaway. Whether you’ve been with us since day one or just discovered the site yesterday, your support means the world to us — ensuring we can keep showcasing Aotearoa’s music community with daily music news, interviews, our ongoing Trash Recital video series, photo features, live reviews, playlists and lots more. Emerging from the global pandemic of the past few years, you helped keep us running through turbulent times — for example, at one point in 2020 we were required to cancel / postpone every single event on the gig guide due to nationwide lockdowns — a huge THANK YOU from the UTR team for sticking with us!

Moving into the future: exciting international tour announcements are rolling in on a seemingly daily basis, the site presently boasts more than 250,000 members, local venues are packing out again, and we have some very exciting new features lined up for 2023 (we’re not allowed to officially announce yet). For info on how to support UTR directly, head along HERE, check out the swagged-out list of prizes below, plus our full merch range and gift vouchers are also available for purchase HERE. You have until 30th November to enter, so don’t snooze…

UTR Summer Prize Pack includes:

1 x $100 ticket voucher

1 x UTR Camping Hoodie

1 x UTR Reporter Cap

1 x Black Beach T-Shirt

1 x Classic Logo Beach Tote

Be in to win — enter HERE (entries close 30th November)

You can support UTR directly HERE

UTR Hoodie

UTR T-Shirts

UTR Six Panel Cap

UTR Tote

Win The UTR Summer Prize Pack

New Dates Announced For Sacred Reich and Vio Lence NZ Shows

Chris Cudby / Image: Sacred Reich / Photo credit: @fiazfarrelly
/ Wednesday 19th October, 2022 3:32PM


Initially delayed to to the pandemic, the metal gods have bestowed upon us new dates for the long-awaited arrival to Aotearoa of US thrash legends Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence. Sacred Reich will be returning to our shores for the first time since their 1994 tour with Sepultura, while the forthcoming events will mark Vio-Lence’s first ever performances in New Zealand. Forged in the infernal furnace that was mid-80s Phoenix, Arizona and San Francisco Bay Area (respectively), dare not miss Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence letting rip at Pōneke’s Valhalla and Tāmaki Makaurau’s Whammy Bar in March 2023, joined for both gigs by special guests Bulletbeltall tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence

with special guests Bulletbelt

Tuesday 14th March – Valhalla, Wellington

Wednesday 15th March – Whammy, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out the vintage clip for the title track to Sacred Reich’s 1990 album The American Way…

Experience Vio-Lence’s ‘Serial Killer’ from their 1988 classic Eternal Nightmare…

Press release:


For the first time since their 1994 tour with Sepultura, after a 25 year wait, YCSS and Valhalla Touring are thrilled to welcome back SACRED REICH to NZ shores.

Formed in 1985, in Phoenix, Arizona, SACRED REICH are credited with being the leaders of the second wave of thrash metal in the 80’s, alongside TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL and DARK ANGEL. With their socially conscious and political brand of speed metal, SACRED REICH released a brutal run of albums on Metal Blade Records and Hollywood Records, notably EP’s “Draining You of Life” (1986), “Surf Nicaragua” (1988), “A Question” (1991) and album’s “Ignorance” (1987), “The American Way” (1990), “Independent” (1993), “Heal” (1996)

2019 brought the much anticipated release of the bands’ fifth studio album “Awakening” to rave reviews and the return of powerhouse Dave McClain on drums (MACHINE HEAD) to the SACRED REICH stronghold. We are pumped to welcome back legends McClain, Phil Rind (vocals, bass), Wiley Arnett (lead guitar) and new member Joey Radziwill (rhythm guitar) for a killer run of shows down under.


Re-united and playing their first shows in over a decade, thrash legends VIO-LENCE are NOT TO BE MISSED.

Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1985, VIO-LENCE instilled themselves as groundbreakers of the second wave of thrash with their revered 1988 album “Eternal Nightmare”. Throughout ’88 and ’89, VIO-LENCE toured the album to great success alongside thrash comrades TESTAMENT, VOIVOD, DEATH ANGEL, SANCTUARY, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, D.R.I., M.O.D. and the CRO-MAGS. In ’89, Megaforce Records/Atlantic signed the band, leading to the release of the bands’ second album “Oppressing the Masses” (1990).

In 1991, VIO-LENCE released their EP “Torture Tactics” and their third studio album “Nothing to Gain”. 1993 brought the unfortunate break-up of the band, with some members splintering off to form TORQUE and MACHINE HEAD. Some 26 years later, and re-united at last as VIO-LENCE, we are looking forward to welcoming Phil Demmel (lead guitar), Deen Dell (bass), Sean Killian (vocals), Perry Strickland (drums) and Ray Vegas (rhythm guitar) as they unleash their hefty sound and stage presence to the Kiwi masses.

Fur Patrol Announce August Dates For PET 21st Birthday Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 4th May, 2022 3:00PM


Rescheduled three times due to Covid restrictions, Fur Patrol‘s PET 21st Birthday Tour is now firmly locked in for August 2022. Fronted by Julia Deans with core members Andrew Bain (bass) and drummer Simon Braxton (who is based in Melbourne), Fur Patrol can finally toast the vinyl LP reissue of their seminal debut album with a bevy of headline shows across Aotearoa. PET of course gave us the iconic, chart-topping ‘Lydia’ along with standout singles ‘Andrew’ and ‘Holy’ and previously hidden bonus track ‘Bottles & Jars’ (included on the new vinyl edition). Clearly keen as mustard to get back on stage together, don’t miss Fur Patrol performing PET in its entirety at the following dates, with special guests MouseySoft Plastics and Death and The Maiden  all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)…

"We’re so looking forward to reloading and playing these songs live again, and just being in the same room together — it’s been a minute!" — Julia Deans

Fur Patrol – ‘PET’ 21st Birthday Tour

Thursday 11th August – Playhouse, Nelson w/ Mousey

Friday 12th August – The Dive, Dunedin w/ Death and The Maiden

Saturday 13th August – The Good Home Ferrymead, Christchurch w/ Mousey

Friday 19th August – Totara Street, Mount Maunganui w/ Death and The Maiden*
Saturday 20th August – Tuning Fork, Auckland w/ Soft Plastics**
Friday 26th August – Paisley Stage, Napier w/ Soft Plastics

Saturday 27th August – San Fran, Wellington w/ Soft Plastics

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR
*Tickets from
**Tickets from

Watch Fur Patrol’s classic video for ‘Lydia’, from PET…

Press release:

Fur Patrol confirm new August 2022 dates for their not-to-be missed PET 21st birthday tour!

Fur Patrol are finally taking their postponed 21st birthday tour on the road with new dates confirmed for August, 2022.

The iconic Kiwi rockers have locked in new dates for their seven-date tour of New Zealand in celebration of their landmark debut album, PET.

After the tour being rescheduled three times due to Covid restrictions, now Fur Patrol are finally getting the band back together and taking the record on the road.

Hailed as one of the most beloved bands to emerge from NZ’s rock/pop scene in the late 90s/early 2000s, Fur Patrol made their mark in 1998 with their EP, STARLIFTER. But it was PET and its hit songs like ‘Lydia’ (the most played song on NZ radio in 2000) that really propelled them into the limelight. The band followed PET up with COLLIDER in 2003, THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER EP in 2007 and LOCAL KID in 2008.

Fur Patrol are chomping at the bit to get out and play. Don’t miss the chance to hear PET in its entirety, live, this August!

Dimmer Nationwide Tour September 2022 Dates Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 18th February, 2022 11:01AM


While most local tours have been shunted off course by the emergence of Omicron, we can cherish the fact Ōtepoti legend Shayne P. Carter has announced Dimmer‘s I Believe You Are A Star nationwide tour is indeed going ahead. Now locked in for September of this year, the long-awaited run of shows marks the 21st anniversary and vinyl reissue of Dimmer’s paradigm-shifting debut long player. Carter’s all-star band for the occasion will include Gary Sullivan (JPSE), James Duncan, Nick Roughan (Skeptics), Louisa Nicklin, Neive Strang and Lachlan Anderson (Die Die Die), and they’ll be supported for every date by Proteins Of Magic, travelling back to Aotearoa from her Nashville home base for the shows. Grip the new dates below and note the venue change in Auckland to Avondale’s Hollywood Cinema, making nearly all of the shows all-ages (bar Wellington) — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

with support from Proteins Of Magic

Thursday 8th September – San Fran, Wellington*

Friday 9th September – San Fran, Wellington [sold out]*

Saturday 10th September – Te Puna o Waiwhetū Art Gallery, Christchurch, all ages*

Friday 16th September – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland, all ages [NEW VENUE]

Saturday 17th September – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland, all ages [NEW VENUE]

Sunday 18th September – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland – all ages [NEW VENUE]

Saturday 24th September – Regent Theatre, Dunedin, all ages

*Tickets available HERE via UTR
Auckland tickets available HERE

Dunedin tickets available HERE

Watch the freshly uploaded vid for Dimmer’s all-time classic crooner ‘EVOLUTION’ from I Believe You Are A Star…

Experience the dazzling visuals for Proteins Of Magic’s latest single ‘WILLOW’…

Help Support UTR In 2022 Donations Subscriptions Merch Info

Chris Cudby / Image: Annabel Kean / Thursday 27th January, 2022 11:30AM


Two years into the Covid-19 pandemic and Aotearoa’s music community is facing a new wave of restrictions on live events due to the emergence of Omicron, prompting the cancellation of festivals including The Others Way and the postponement of numerous nationwide tours. Red traffic light restrictions look to remain in place for the immediate future, with seated and spaced out gigs still being able to proceed, but at the much lower audience limit of 100 maximum (where My Vaccine Passes are used).

As Aotearoa’s longest-running independent ticketing and music news website (over fifteen years and counting), we’ve been significantly impacted by the new Red restrictions. Revenue from ticketing live shows helps the UTR team keep bringing you the best breaking music news, interviews, playlists and so much more, including our ongoing Trash Recital video series created with Sports Team. We’re urging readers who have the resources to do so to please consider supporting UTR, either by donation / subscription or by purchasing some of our swish merch. Your kindness and generosity will be hugely appreciated, and will directly enable us to continue celebrating NZ’s vibrant live music community ♡

You can donate directly to UTR HERE — including monthly & annual subscription options

Check out our UTR tees, caps and totes HERE — delivered direct to your doorstep

We’re encouraging ticket holders to consider supporting artists and organisers by opting to hold onto tickets, opting out of refunds and opting out of booking fee refunds. For our updated rundown of useful resources for both local musicians and music lovers, head over HERE.

Tāmaki multidisciplinary artist Jazmine Mary has penned a powerful letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, imploring the government to consider providing financial aid for our music industry under Red — read more HERE.

The Others Way Festival Cancelled

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 26th January, 2022 12:56PM


Following Sunday’s sudden announcement of Red traffic light restrictions in Aotearoa due to Omicron, numerous high profile festival events and tours have been unable to proceed as planned under the new 100 attendee audience limits. Originally set to take over Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road district this coming Saturday 29th January, the organisers of the previously postponed The Others Way festival have today announced the cancellation of summer’s edition of the multi-venue extravaganza.

An uncontestable highlight of NZ’s musical calendar for both gig-goers and performers, we’re wiping away our tears in the UTR office and will be counting the days until The Others Way’s bold return in the near future. UTR ticket holders will be emailed direct with refund info — we encourage ticket holders to consider supporting artists and organisers by opting out of refunds and opting out of booking fee refunds. 

"It’s with heavy hearts that we announce that we are cancelling The Others Way Festival 2021 — after two postponements and the uncertainty of when it’ll be safe to proceed as planned – it’s the right decision. A massive thanks everyone who’s supported us throughout. We look forward to the festival returning at a later date!

All ticket holders will be contacted via email about refunds. All ticket refunds will be processed by Friday February 11. If you haven’t received yours by this date please contact Thanks, in advance, for your patience as we work through all the details.

Finally, we are sending all our love to the artists, venues, crew and creative professionals in our industry – we stand with all of you in asking for increased support to those who are unable to trade under the current settings.

Kia kaha,

The Others Way Festival and Flying Out"

Relive the good times with this compilation of live footage and interviews from The Others Way 2018 (the second to last edition), featuring Wax Chattels, Purple Pilgrims, Benee and The Beths…

In Loving Memory Ingrid And The Ministers Wiri Donna Nahbo Wellington Show Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 26th January, 2022 11:13AM


In the wake of this coming weekend’s Recharted Festival effectively being depth charged by Aotearoa’s new Red traffic light restrictions on gigs, a new seated extravaganza has been organised "to pay homage to to Finn (Johansson)’s 5 year residency at" Presented by three acts from the originally announced festival, In Loving Memory gives gig-goers lots to be chuffed about this Saturday at Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s San Fran, starring Wiri Donna, Nahbo and Ingrid & The Ministers. Capacity will be capped at 100 attendees, plus My Vaccine Passes and masks are required for entry — go support your scene, toast Johansson’s key contribution to local music journalism, and secure your spot at this excellent show while you can…

In Loving Memory: Ingrid And The Ministers, Wiri Donna, Nahbo

Saturday 29th January — San Fran, Wellington (doors 8pm / music kicks off at 8.30pm)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Limited capacity – 100 tickets only – seated show

Vaccine Pass and masks required for entry

Listen to NahBo’s ‘Figure’ from their 2021 debut album Ruptured…

Watch Ingrid and the Ministers’ self-directed video for ‘Albatross’…

Experience footage of Wiri Donna performing ‘You Should Be Smiling’ live at Flying Nun Records in Newtown…

UTR 2021 Roundup Festive Season Gig Picks

C.C. / A.K. / Friday 24th December, 2021 2:05PM


See you later 2021! It feels like a triumph that our live music community is all go again after the wild ride that was the last twelve months, and things are definitely looking up for 2022 with the long-awaited return of international touring to Aotearoa. We’d like to send out special thanks to everyone who supported our proudly independent music news and ticketing site over the past year — NZ On Air, NZ Music Commission, all the artists, venues, event organisers and promotors, advertisers, contributors / photographers, everyone who used our ticketing service, our official UTR supporters [see here for info on how to get involved] and to you dear reader for keeping the site pumping in 2021.

Our editorial team are taking a much deserved summer break [returning from the beach to the office on 10th January, send us your info here], but you can rest assured the champs handling the ticketing side of UTR will be manning the helpdesk [over here] right on through the new year. Check out our festive season gig pick below and catch you in 2022!

UTR’s 2021 Favourite Music Moments

Listen To UTR’s 2021 End Of Year Playlist

UTR’s 2021 New Zealand Music Video Highlights



Fri 7th Jan: The First Child – Underground 
Sat 8th Jan: Jordan Luck Band – The Brownzy 
Sat 8th Jan: Let’s Dance! Bowie Party – Whammy Bar 
Sat 8th Jan: Sojourn X Leighton Fairlie – Leigh Sawmill 
Fri 14th Jan: Disco Punk Trash Fire Vol.3 – Anthology Lounge


Thu 30th Dec: Clutch Play – Coroglen Tavern 
Fri 31st Dec: The Feelers, Jordan Luck Band And Capital Theatre – Coroglen Tavern 
Sat 1st Jan: Skram Summer Tour – Finns 
Tue 4th Jan: Leighton Fairlie X Sojourn – The Yot Club 
Sat 8th Jan: Skram Summer Tour – The Whitianga Hotel

Bay Of Plenty

Fri 7th Jan: Skram Summer Tour – Waihi Beach Hotel

Hawkes Bay

Fri 14th Jan: Paul Ubana Jones – Paisley Stage


Fri 31st Dec: Aqua Gold Trio’s Glam Funk Apocalypse NYE! – Hashigo Zake
Fri 7th Jan: The Beths – San Fran
Sat 8th Jan: The Beths – San Fran
Sat 8th Jan: Paekakariki Blues Ball – St Peters Hall 
Sat 8th Jan: James Hunter And The Gatherers X Edera – MOON
Wed 12th Jan: Recitals Orbit 1 Rave – Valhalla
Thu 13th Jan: Realthentic – Valhalla


Sat 1st Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Hotel Motueka
Thu 13th Jan: The Wendys – The Boathouse


Thu 30th Dec: NYEE (It’s Not New Year’s Eve, It’s The Night Before) – Loons
Sun 2nd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Tai Tapu Hotel
Thu 13th Jan: Diablos Caravan – Rascal 
Fri 14th Jan: Bad Hagrid – Darkroom 
Fri 14th Jan: Diablos Caravan – Waipara Springs Winery


Thu 30th Dec: Julian Temple Band – Sherwood


Wed 29th Dec: Rhythm & Alps – Cardrona Valley 
Mon 3rd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Luggate Hotel 
Wed 5th Jan: Paul Ubana Jones – Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel 
Sat 8th Jan: Annual JTB Zanzi Special – ZanziBar 
Fri 14th Jan: Tall Folk With Special Guest Tom Maxwell – Bark @ Dog With Two Tails


Sun 2nd Jan: Revitalize Organic Farm Healing Music Festival – Mangapiri Downs OrganicStud Farm

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!!

UTRs 2021 Favourite Music Moments

UTR Team + Friends and Contributors
/ Friday 24th December, 2021 12:05PM


We’ve made it to the end of 2021, a year infamous for mass gig restrictions due to Delta, Tāmaki Makaurau’s longest Level 4 lockdown and no international touring in Aotearoa. While there’s certainly been tonnes of weirdness for future scholars to unpack (for example: who remembers Ariel Pink being interviewed by Tucker Carlson?), let’s not forget our live music community had a mostly clear run for the first half of the year and is thriving again this summer, and it’s been a strong one for local releases the whole way through. Check out our UTR 2021 End Of Year Playlist HERE for definitive proof.

As per festive season tradition, we’ve invited contributors and friends of the site this year to share five of their personal favourite and most notable memories from the past twelve months, plus a few red hot takes thrown in the mix for extra spice. Congratulations to everyone for powering through — a huge thank you to all the artists, event organisers, contributors, readers and everyone who supported UTR over the past twelve months. See you in 2022!




The Inaugural Student Radio Network Awards

God, these could have been so dull. I was gearing myself up for a ‘high school production of Grease: The Musical’ level of begrudging support, but ten minutes in and it was impossible not to be overcome by the wholesomeness, community spirit, and sheer grubby, homemade charm of the thing. Special shoutouts to Sports Team’s Minority Report inspired nomination video, the beautiful speeches from Reuben Winter’s mum and gran, Iona and Kaye, and also it was nice to get an award myself (cheers).

bb gurl live at Loud and Proud 2021

It’s hard to explain just how gratifying it is to see a fellow trans girl step out from behind their pirated copy of FL Studio and fully and unabashedly dominate the stage. There’s not many with as sharp a tongue as bb gurl, and none of them have Che’s ear for a hook. Stream TTYL <3 and don’t miss a chance to catch them live. Big things for this one in 2022!

deepState – MMXXI

The first time I heard deepState was through some pretty sketchy in-ears on the 22 bus going down New North Road and I was like “oh chill”. The second time I heard deepState was at midnight in the Wine Cellar on the big speakers after everyone had gone home and I was like “woah shit”. Now it’s gotta be about the hundredth time I’ve heard deepState and I’m still like… “hell yeah”.

Northcote Intermediate Choir and The Society Jazzmen – Creation Jazz

So this totally didn’t come out this year but I found the 7” on Trademe right, and it’s a 1972 soul-jazz interpretation of the biblical creation story, featuring a children’s choir from right around the corner from when I grew up. Why aren’t people doing this anymore? Nathan Haines get your shit together.

Milk III Album Release

Grief can be a totally overwhelming emotion, and I’m extremely grateful to have been able to channel it into this beautiful community event with so many people Reuben loved, and who loved Reuben. I keep trying to write something profound for this next bit about how “music at its core is about community and communication” but I think really the point would be better made if you just stop reading, and go and listen to Reuben’s music.



Merk ‘Deep Dive’ Shoot

One completely unsustainable step in the Sports Team music video-making process involves myself and co-creative directer Callum Devlin playing a game of Idea Chicken. No concept is too hard, no location too impractical. That’s how we end up with Mark Perkins and twenty extras on a Karangahape Road rooftop without a single pair of hands not sticky from maple-flavoured syrup. I’d like this to also serve as my official apology to all the volunteers who were promised bottomless pancakes and left with pancakeless tums. And my official thank you to Jed Parsons, James Penwarden, Kalyani Nagarajan and Chelsea Prastiti for the raw batter you collectively consumed.

Patea Māori Club

I’ve been super lucky the last couple of years to be invited to attend the Taite Music Award ceremony, an evening of recognising Aotearoa songwriting excellence and squeezing every last drop from an open bar. Besides the delightful sight of The Beths all dressed in beekeeping attire, I was also deeply moved by Patea Māori Club performing their 1983 te reo single ‘Poi E’, which was deservingly recognised with the IMNZ Classic Record Award. The experience caught me totally off guard and tears were shed.

The Chills Trash Recital

Another Sports Team-adjacent 2021 highlight was the entirety of Trash Recital — everything from hand-selecting the perfect broken bike pump at the dump, to sharing The Beths finale episode to wrap up the season. But the moment that always gets me happened during our afternoon with The Chills, when longtime band member Erica Scally realised the lyric in ‘Kaleidoscope World’ was in fact "If we were floating in a space capsule" and not "If we were going to a space camp school".

Vera Ellen – It’s Your Birthday

Vera Ellen’s music was fairly new to me this year, somehow slipping past my periphery all this time, save for her highly emotional Songs No​-​One Should Hear EP from July last year. It wasn’t until I helped video-makers Gussie Larkin and Ezra Simons on the video for ‘Public Bodies’ by Girl Friday that I cottoned on to her talent, meaning I was properly paying attention when she started dropping singles from all killer album It’s Your Birthday. Who else is writing music so catchy, so earnest and so badass, while maintaining that level of punk rock aesthetic? No one. Only Vera.

Fuzzy Dress-Up

Earlier this year Sports Team were asked to be roving reporters at Flying Nun’s 40th anniversary show at the Auckland Town Hall, capturing moments back stage and filming between acts. Naturally, I spent the better part of a week constructing a Fuzzy costume, bringing to life the nightmare-fuel Flying Nun mascot that had once only existed as a magnet on my parents’ fridge. Thankfully Fuzzy was a hit! An overnight sensation! So much so that I was flown down for the Pōneke anniversary show to take on another night of embodying a horrifying, faceless celebrity and making nightmares come true.



MVP: Ruby Walsh sound engineering Trash Recital

There were no guarantees that our “make musicians play their songs with rubbish” webshow would actually work, but it would have been an absolute sore mess without Ruby producing the tracks. Ruby is a talented and (extremely) patient producer, presenting a calm front for the artists to follow from. We’d ask “how does it sound, Ruby?” and she’d say “It sounds like someone hitting a glass bottle with a stick” and yet… somehow, it would end up as music. Thank you Trash MVP Ruby Walsh.

Mermgrown Wellington + Mergrown Auckland

Inspired in part by the Australian festival GIZZFEST, Mermgrown is a one day music festival curated (and headlined) by Pōneke indie superstars Mermaidens. The two shows almost felt as opposites; Auckland’s being an underground indie-christmas at Whammy-Backroom and Wine Cellar, while the Wellington show took place on a glorious sunny afternoon at a bowls green in Newtown. They were united by their absurdly great lineup, world class design and an overall feeling of warmth and excitement. I feel strongly that Mermaidens, through their combined forces as a high-functioning indie band, are capable of anything they set their minds to and we should all be deeply afraid. These shows fucking ruled, and I can’t wait for next year.

The Beths – Auckland, New Zealand, 2020

2020 was the year I saw The Beths live maybe 20 times, this set of songs in particular. They’re my friends and I love them, but it was watching The Beths play live that made them my favourite band, and getting to follow them on their October tour last year made me obsessed with each song and band-member in turn. I’m so incredibly proud of the film Sports Team made from this concert, and will always have a deep fondness for this recording. Favourite track: bird talk – Live

Planet Merk (Playlist)

A sonic expansion of musical influences for Merk’s dynamite 2021 album Infinite Youth, Planet Merk sits right on the boundary of groovy and heartbreaking, becoming a kind of “show your working” type experience when paired with the album. Fitting any occasion really, from dinner parties to plane trips, I returned to these songs again and again this year, cementing my love for the curated artist playlist. Highlights include the one two punch of Susumu Yokota’s dazzling ‘blue sky and yellow sunflower’ followed by Oneohtrix Point Never and Alex G’s ‘Babylon’ — listen HERE.

Princess Chelsea – Chabs at Milky Livestream Tāmaki

In May of this year, VHS livestream troubadours Chabs and Milky took their cameras on the road with a wildly ambitious national tour. I loved these shows, and attending in Pōneke got to see the true terror in the James’ eyes as they ran around juggling the needs of hardly functioning AV equipment and top tier NZ Musicians. I was out of town for the Tāmaki show, and tuned in late on my phone to catch Princess Chelsea (and band) absolutely tearing the room apart at Whammy Bar, leaving me stunned in tears when they finished their last song and the stream clicked off. It’s a memory that feels distinctly 2021 to me, so I’ve included it here. It’s on YouTube, just go watch it and we can discuss after.



To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau Fundraiser

Girls Rock Aotearoa’s To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau Fundraiser at the Hollywood Avondale was the first gig we got to see after that very lengthy lockdown, and it felt like a holy experience to be at a gig after all that time being starved of live music. Hearing Hollie Fullbrook’s (Tiny Ruins) shimmering voice and rolling finger style guitar while she played her perfect songs gave me full body goosebumps for literally the entire set. Anna Coddington played 2nd and her songs were so beautiful and personal and relatable and I was just pulled into her world. PolyHill and Samara Alofa did a fantastic set with Half Queen on the beats. Also Rachel from bFM did the best MC’ing of all time hands down. Go donate to Girls Rock!

Phoebe Rings

Phoebe Rings released their debut EP and MAN, I was hanging out for that one! Every time I went to Crystal Choi’s gigs and heard these incredible songs and that beautiful band vibe I just wanted to take it home with me and NOW WE ALL CAN ?
The ‘Spissky’ track is just the dreamiest thing in the whole woooorrld!

Wellington Jazz Festival

I got to play Wellington Jazz Fest in June with Bonita and Leda’s Dream, and it was my birthday that week, and the whole festival felt like a big party and everyone was so happy listening to/playing music with their friends! There were no international acts and whilst I know it’s awesome to have them, tbh it was just magical to be able to celebrate with our Pōneke and Tāmaki Makaurau Jazz scenes together! Watching GRG67 at Rogue and Vagabond just made me sail up to the clouds, it’s just the BEST BAND and our Rog (Roger Manins, the best Tenor player in the southern hemisphere) is the best Rog ;3
Their tune “Crab Empathy” is a literal Auckland jazz scene original standard
AND they just released some new music to boot!!!! EVIL GRG!

Opposite Sex – High Drama

One of me and Callum (Passells)’s fave releases this year has been the High Drama album by Dunedin band Opposite Sex; the track ‘Combine Harvester’ in particular is one of the most fantastically weird catchy and unique rock songs I have ever heard. The stutter lyric in the chorus is INSPIRED. I cannot name a single song like it and the whole album is pure genius — they have a sound that you just CANNOT get anywhere else and I cannot wait to see them play MY GOODNESS TOUCH WOOD FINGERS CROSSED.

Hans Pucket – ‘I Don’t Know What To Get You For Christmas (Do I Really Love You​?​)’

When Callum laid down his horn parts for Hans Pucket over the last stretch of lockdown, I got a sneak preview of their latest release “I don’t know what to get you for Christmas (do I really love you?)” and we’ve been singing it around the house for the last month, just being so excited for everyone to have their Christmas anxieties completely validated in song (upon its very recent release) by the genius that is Oliver Devlin. No one can write about the real ennui shit like this man. He is a TRUE MASTER of songwriting and always manages to turn those that distressing situations and social anxiety into hilarious and heartfelt hooks that you can sing mantra like to yourself when you’re stressing out about the same shit — he is my hero and Hans Pucket are the best goddamn band! Also LOOK AT THAT VIDEO.



Strangelove Music

Responsible for last year’s Kiwi Animals: Future/ Primitive Aotearoa compilation, Pōneke’s Strangelove Music had a productive 2021 with superb archival releases from Australia’s Scribble and Sweden’s Sjunne Ferger’s Exit, along with brand new drops from contemporary international artists Psychedelic Digestion Therapy, t-woc and by CCCVVV. Serving up time-defying collections of elegant dream-pop bliss, balearic beatscapes, experimental songcraft and more, compiled with an inquisitive and trustworthy curatorial ear, Strangelove Music vinyl LP releases have been "buy on sight" material for this fan.

Sports Team – UTR Trash Recital

It’s been a total pleasure to work with Sports Team — Annabel Kean (Assistant Editor of this site), Callum Devlin (Hans Pucket, Dateline) with sound engineer / mixer Ruby Walsh (Dateline / Misty & The Slug) — as they created our eleven episode UTR Trash Recital series, which from my 100% unbiased perspective is some of the best local music content produced in 2021. Trash Recital is made by artists with artists, a too rare showcase of the fun conversations that can spark while actually making, as well as a testament to the inventiveness of our musical community. Special thanks to all the amazing guests on the show and bring on Season Two!

Cathode TV

Not directly music related, but I spent much of Tāmaki’s endless lockdown months exploring the cinematic delights of Cathode TV, rewiring my brain with an expertly curated selection of underground trash / arthouse / action / horror / documentary / psychedelia / you name it beamed out almost daily online. Which is a bit of a long-winded way of saying I’m now an Oingo Boingo fan after finally being exposed to their 1982 new wave musical opus Forbidden Zone, so it was a thrill to feature Luke Rowell’s (Eyeliner) in-depth interview with legendary band leader and Simpsons theme tune composer Danny Elfman this year on UTR.

SRN Awards

A necessary balance to a local musical conversation ruled by Spotify playlist-compatible blandness and radio-friendly tune-smithery for the past few years, the inaugural SRN Awards celebrated the wildly diverse musical energy that fills our student radio airwaves and compels crowds to pack out Aotearoa’s venues every weekend. It feels right that the bulk of this year’s awards went to hugely missed sonic innovator Reuben Samuel Winter aka Milk for his world class album Milk III.

Foodman – Yasuragi Land

I listened to Japanese electronic producer Foodman aka Takahide Higuchi’s 2021 Hyperdub album Yasuragi Land a LOT during Tāmaki’s lockdown and continue to do so. Inspired by "eating at Michinoeki, Japanese motorway service stations and the simple pleasures of regularly visiting the local Sento (Japanese public baths)," the crystalline beat abstractions of Yasuragi Land helped me imagine the ambience of such enticing destinations, heard from the perspective of my tiny little apartment.



Limp Bizkit live at Lollapalooza 2021

When this dropped on YouTube I was hooked immediately, watched it way too many times, tried to make all my friends watch it — with the timing of the HBO Woodstock 99 documentary that came out around the same time, it sent me deep into a Limp Bizkit phase that I was way too young to have in the early 2000s. The band is absolutely killing it musically, somehow these 20 year old songs feel fresh as hell, and not only did Fred Durst debut his iconic new look, but he’s hilarious all the way through and has completely maxxed out his rock frontman skills stat at this point — watch HERE.

The violin version of ‘Wildest Dreams’ from the Bridgerton sex montage

I watched the first 20 minutes of the first episode of Bridgerton with my girlfriend before I stormed off like a dorky sexist sitcom dad, yelling that I couldn’t get into this hacky tv show for girls. Three days later, I was composing DARTZ’s 2023 hit ‘Earn the Thirst’ in the other room when she yells at me to get back in front of the TV right now, and when I did I witnessed what I can only describe — completely earnestly — as the most powerful music moment of the year. The montage of Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings banging in numerous different positions and locations around their countryside manor, set to an impeccably performed instrumental violin cover of Taylor Swift’s best song, overwhelmed me with all kinds of emotion, like it was so funny and surprising but also conveyed so much passion.

The SIX60 discourse from Jan-April

It was pretty crackup how everyone got so swept up talking about Six60, especially in the lead up to their Eden Park show. Absolutely no one was immune, I know I was completely caught up in it. Its very funny to me that a lot of people aren’t very comfortable with them being such an institution for normie NZers, and that you can get some kind of reaction from absolutely everyone by even mentioning them. I ended up actually listening to a fair bit of Six60 in that early part of the year (they got some bangers IMO) so maybe I’m just nostalgic for those simple summery pre-Delta times. Let’s do it again when they tour in March and April lol.

All the NZ musicians who are grinding on TikTok

Not at all joking, very honestly shoutouts to anyone from NZ who’s on TikTok trying to promo music, seems like it requires a fuckload of drive and work ethic — and even after that you’re still at the mercy of the algorithm – but if you’re doing it you should be proud of yourself for trying and for knowing that you’re hustling in the right place at least. It does make me worry about musical minds getting burnt out, because the world is demanding an entirely different set of skills from them. I know my brain’s far too scrambled as is to even consider making TikTok content regularly, where else are you gonna blow up in 2021? So good on yas, keep it up and TAKE CARE of yourself mentally.

Bo Burnham – Inside

The songs from Inside are my album of the year by far not even kidding, I fucking thrashed this album from the moment it came out. I was gonna say the “I’m a special kind of white guy” drop in ‘Comedy’ was my favourite moment, but after listening again the bit that takes the absolute cake for me is the bridge on ‘White Woman’s Instagram’, I love how he lures you in with the goofy Instagram bop then gets you to feel so much in such a short time.

Bo Burnham · White Woman’s Instagram




Flying Nun 40th Anniversary at Auckland Town Hall – Solid Gold Hell

Flying Nun 40th Anniversary at Auckland Town Hall – Subliminals

Surf Friends – Good Thing

BEASTWARS – 10th Anniversary Tour

Night Lunch – House Full of Shit



SRN Awards

The first SRN awards happened this month, and it honestly made my year. It was always an idea that we floated around at the SRN meetings during my time at Radio One, but never thought it would happen. It’s so cool seeing the legacy of the bNets live on through an awards ceremony that celebrates all the insane talent Aotearoa has to offer, because they absolutely deserve it. I cannot give enough praise to the SRN stations and Naked PR for all the hard work in general and for creating the event, and I hope that it can last long into the future.

Adelaide Cara – How Does This Sound?

One of Otepoti’s finest, Adelaide Cara is a force to be reckoned with. They released their debut album How Does This Sound? earlier this year, and if you haven’t listened to it yet then you’re missing out. Adelaide explores so many different genres from alt rock to baroque pop, and it all just works together so well. The track ‘Eden’ pays homage to my hometown of Dirty Dudz, and actually makes me miss it for once which is incredible. Adelaide is an absolute powerhouse, and I cannot wait to see where they go next.

Leaping Tiger – ‘Gooey’

When Leaping Tiger first released Gooey as a single, it was all that I listened to for a week straight. The beat always fucks me up, and works so well with the vocals on the tracks. There’s so many good lines from the song that it’s hard to pick a stand out lyric, but the line of “I can’t fake it, I think I gotta say he’s just a fucking d-grade version of me” just always hit’s me so hard and I can’t explain why. Soulsleep is an incredible album all together, but I guess my minds soaked up in goo.

Amamelia – WOW! The 2021 Remixes

When you start off an album with a 160 bpm footwork remix by the King of Redwood himself Liam K. Swiggs, you know you’re in for a treat. Amamelia’s debut album WOW! was one of my personal highlights of last year, filled with some insane tracks that make me want to shred up the dance floor. I didn’t think it could get better until WOW! The 2021 Remixes was released earlier this year, featuring a stacked line-up of Imugi 이무기, Eyeliner, DBLDBL x Trapjaw Kelpie and others, that bring their own unique flavour to each track. There’s no other way to describe it other than it just SLAPS.

DARTZ at Newtown Fest

Newtown Fest was fucking sick. After a day of hitting those craft beers hard, Earth Tongue were meant to take the stage until postponed by a power outage. This led to Poneke rascals DARTZ taking the floor (literally), for probably one of their best performances yet. The boys were on point, the crowd was absolutely pumping, and the energy was unbeatable. I mean what more could you want for a Sunday than a whole group of sweaty people screaming about how you can’t beat Wellington on a good day?



Footmahi 2021

Always holding a place close to my heart is The Big Fresh Collective’s crown jewel — the annual 160BPM themed Footmahi compilation which is dropped during NZ Music Month. This year’s 2021 entry might have been the best yet with a decentralised bank of hot tracks crafted by some of the finest producers Aotearoa wide featuring some yummy mahi from; Amamelia, TOYOTA, Paploco, DJ Simon Dallow, Jay Knight, Bomb Dylan, Keanu Raves Young Gho$t & more. If you love your local electronic music and haven’t heard this compilation yet then like what the fuck, you gotta check this shit out! NOW!

BFC One Night Stand Gig in Wellington @ Valhalla

Imagine pro wrestling meets breakbeats meets unlimited boxes of Haagens meets a bloody ripping Valhalla crowd and you’ve got yourself what we like to call a Big Fresh Collective One Night Stand. It was an exclusive night of high-intensity Footwork, Juke, Jungle and Techno stylings with a line up consisting of a mixture of 03 heavyweights and Welly legends & to top it all off with some of that classic BFC flavour. The DJs had their own personalised entrances & theme songs as they made their way to the RING through the crowd like an authentic WWF house show in the 90’s! What an absolute ripper of a night for The Big Fresh Collective’s first ever out of town/redwood experience! Seriously, get the tables and chairs ready, put the Haagens in the chiller and look the fuck out for the BFC nationwide One Night Stand tour in 2022 – you’ve heard it here first on UTR!

deepState – MMXXI

We made an amazing new friend here this year @ The Big Fresh in the amazingly talented deepState who took the country by storm with her frothy as debut 7 track EP MMXXI. Out via the good homies @ Sunreturn; Deepstate knocked the country for a tasteful yet powerful six runs back straight back over the bowlers head with her lush, earthy, heartwarming tech/rave vibes found across the seven tracks of MMXXI. My personal favourite release of 2021. Yummy!

Amamelia Release Party In Auckland @ Whammy

Few things: Amamelia is a national treasure — we must protect her at all costs, Sunreturn sure know how to put together a fucking good remix album and on top of that Sunreturn also know how to put on a fucking ripper party! That’s right c**ts it was an absolute night for the ages and I was counting my lucky stars that a humble bedroom DJ from his Mum’s sleepout in Redwood was gracing such a bill! A bloody star studded line up across two rooms; Amamelia, bb gurl, Big Fat Raro, Citacsy, Dbldbl, Go Nuclear, Imugi 이무기, Jack Russell, Tei., Trapjaw Kelpie, Alexa Casino as DJ Snakelegs, Eyeliner beamed live and direct from Hong Kong & yours truly Liam K. Swiggs on the decks too. You couldn’t ask for much more I wouldn’t let ya — NRL First grade level performances by all it was such an amazing night enjoyed by everyone who came along celebrating what was a fucking yummy remix album in itself. Huge highlight for me. Also big love going out to my Warriors behind the bar Taylor & Lucy for sliding me a few extra Red Bull voddies to keep me on my toes like RTS.


Was kinda hoping I’d get in trouble for this one so I could do the 7 O’clock weeknight circuit rounds and talk with Hillary and Kanoa about the shortfalls of living on Studylink also at the same time getting the booster shot up the ass that my music career really needs… Yeah that’s right I dropped an edgy as fuck translucent 7′ Inch EP this year called Shittylink. The songs are called; “Food, Rent, Expenses, Piss” and let me tell you — the struggle is fucking REAL! Please buy my shit LOL <3



Me releasing an OK second album!

Okay I’ll get myself out of the way first so I can talk about other people! I released my sophomore record Cosmonaut! Bandcamp Daily & Stereogum dug it which was cool, I did my first tour, got a song on the news during the weather, charted in the top 40 at #40! Okay done boasting about my achievements.

Skirts – ‘Great Big Wild Oak’

A bunch of my favourite artists released beautiful records this year, favourites being the new Elbow, Katy Kirby, Another Michael, Wurld Series, Cindy records (and others ofc), but I want to highlight this record in particular! I’ve been such a big fan of Skirts since her first EP ‘Almost Touching’ in 2018 (and her first lathe cut ‘night walks/in love’ in 2017), and I think her new album was worth the wait! The most beautiful DIY folk-tinged record of the year, released on Double Double Whammy, I listened to it when I was feeling sad on tour and it made the long road trips really lovely. Beautiful cover too!! I feel incredibly proud she was on my first album lol.

The May Day 2021 / International Workers Day concert

Maybe a weird local addition to this list but it was a personal highlight! It was a night of music (put on by the Canterbury Socialist Society) and in particular I loved hearing Petit Poisson (Rachael from the band Model Home) play! From memory they played a cover of a Tom Frampton song, which introduced me to his music and sent me down a rabbit hole!

ecotone – all the spaces inbetween vol. 1

A beautiful compilation from a new label that I’ve been following! I always get excited when a new label pops up, and this comp is great! 7 songs, they only made like 25 CDs or something (I got one!) and there is a beautiful song on it called ‘downfall’ by witchbaby which is stunning.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first official rap verse

And on a Tech N9ne track lol. Wild stuff. I think the funniest thing about it is that for first two lines it’s genuinely great. The “It’s about drive, it’s about power” bit fucking rocks. As a whole it gives me the same feeling as the that classic Celebrity Rehab exit where the guy quotes Rocky and then screams like King Kong. Memeable but also embarrassingly powerful, you’re just like *feeling it*. I love it so much and I love Dwayne Johnson.



Jenniva – Soul Searchin’

The accidental collab with Eyeliner’s “Pinot Noir” being sampled into Jenniva’s “Soul Searchin’” – via a third-party DJ selling the sample uncleared in a beat without disclosing it:

Jenniva · Soul Searchin’


Clear Licorice – American Crew

Clear Licorice aka Wywy Brix releasing a new collection of wonky-donk puzzle music on the full-length cassette album American Crew.

FM Skyline – Illuminations

Fave album of the year: FM Skyline’s Utopian Virtual / Impressionist Vaporwave opus Illuminations with a perfect richness and bittersweet edge to match the spirit of our age:

Power Nap – Out Of The Pit

Power Nap (aka Chris Cudby) asking us all the perennial question for 2021 — what will we find crawling out of the pit? In Out Of The Pit, resulting in a well-deserved #1 spot in the Aotearoa Student Radio Network:

Erika De Casier – ‘Polite’

The impeccably served delicate RnB by new 4AD signing Erika De Casier, especially with the hardcore televisual pastiche in the video for ‘Polite’:



Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam Records)

Meditations on places, people, relationships, and friendships from days past, set against jazz, Hindustani classical music, folk and even reggae. Vulture Prince is the Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer Arooj Aftab’s third album and it’s one of the most remarkably moving and immersive records of the year. Check out the harp on ‘Inayaat’, like a portal into another realm.

Noa Records’ Te Whanganui-a-Tara Pyramid Club Residency

Although covid restrictions dialed these nights down to an intimate twenty person capacity, they couldn’t dull the intensity of the performances and collaborations. Over several nights, they were a compelling reminder of why Tāmaki Makaurau’s Noa Records are one of the most important and vital music collectives currently operating in Aotearoa. A rare treat for an often challenging year.

Cassandra Jenkins — ‘Hard Drive’ (Ba Da Bing Records)

For me, this was one of the songs of the year. Affecting prose and an elegiac arrangement that encapsulates so much about 2020 and 2021, but hopefully not 2022 (haha). It’s been a hard drive for a lot of us, and while there are common threads, the challenges are often subtly different.

Radio Alhara راديو الحارة

Radio Alhara is a Palestinian internet radio station that broadcasts from Bethlehem and Ramallah. I started listening to them in 2020 and ended up hosting the odd show for the station. It’s such a wellspring of incredible music, meaningful culture and inspirational storytelling from across the Middle East, North Africa and nowadays, even further afield.

AP & Kamahumble – ‘HEKAHORCY’ (YKK)

Were any other Aotearoa music videos more joyful than ‘HEKAHORCY’ this year? The visual styling of this clip was unforgettable, much like AP’s singalong drink-up chorus and Kamahumble’s confidence. It’s always great to see artists from the North and South Island linking up; that’s where the magic happens.




I would like to congratulate Joe Locke and myself for doing absolutely nothing this year.
No singles, no albums, no videos and total lack of interest.
Just two little old clown lady’s with a Focusrite interface and a box of some kind of pre-mixed, self loathing, ethanol based, clown drink hell.

Blink 182 ‘Jumper’ tee

I ordered this official merch a couple of months back.

My best friend said:
“you’re really ordering more Blink-182 merch?”

My girlfriend said:
“This is terrible”

It reminded me of the time when I was 11 and wore a South Park t-shirt to school and talked in a Cartman voice and got beaten up.

Blarf – Cease & Desist

Stones Throw records did a limited reissue of this album and I didn’t buy it and then it sold out.
The album artwork is really good, it has a clown on it, a McDonald’s logo on the cover, a Pepsi logo on the back and a Burger King logo on the centre label.
It also has a photo of Michael Jackson with his hair on fire.
My favourite track is “Badass Bullshit Benjamin Buttons Butthole Assassin”.

Milk – Milk III

I don’t know what to say other than I think this album is a flawless one and I’m so thankful that it was able to be shared with everybody.
In my opinion ‘Maple’ is one of the greatest pop / rock songs ever made.
We all miss you all the time, Reuben X

Joe Taylor Sutkowski – Of Wisdom & Folly

My friend Joe Sutkowski looks like Ronald McDonald but if Ronald McDonald was hot and had a fat ass.
This album is really beautiful and heartbreaking.
It’s just amazing that this music came out of a person who talks about nothing but pee pee and poo and often gets diarrhoea by eating candy from France.
I love you Joe you little clown.


Jordan Rakei – ‘Family’

This song is sooo good. I love everything about this guy. New Zealand’s finest!

Slightly narcissistic number two, but, releasing ‘six-out-of-ten friend’ and hitting the SRN number one was awesome. Finishing off my debut album has been such a struggle financially and mentally. One thing I’ve learnt is when I get uber negative on music ie sunk-cost fallacy, what’s the point, payola etc is to catch myself and reframe it ie It’s good to be making music again and I’m stoked with all the awesome people who’ve helped me make the best album I’ve ever made. It really is all a learning curve and I can’t wait to kick my social anxiety to the curb and start playing live again and then make album two. I’ve missed playing live, it really is the best part.

Wolf Alice Blue Weekend was my favourite album of 2021:

Number four is tie. I’m stoked that two of my favourite artists are making music again. Kelly, my long time friend, who I grew up with, just put out an album, Proteins of Magic. And, I’m also stoked there is a new Fazerdaze record on the way.

Easy Life – ‘Have A Great Day’

I love everything about this song. The video is cool too:



REI Compact – Breadbath

Breadbath is a haunting and cathartic journey through incredibly beautiful electroacoustic soundscapes. I was bathing in buckets of sounds along the crywank / experimental / ambient music spectrum in 2021 but this album in particular really struck me as for its sensitivity to the times which it has been created in, and I feel that music with this kind of specificity is so valuable and culturally essential. There’s really confronting tracks on this album between comforting and melancholy arrangements — like a call to not avert your eyes or ears to the bleak, muddled times we’re living in, but with a hand on your shoulder to remind you you’re not alone.

Trans artists dominating

Where were our local trans artists in 2021? Fighting their way to the front of the music scene, top of SRN charts, experimenting hard and sounding damn hot doing it. I sent my crush a VSB track then took them to a gig as my girlfriend, I planned out queer rave outfits for BB Gurl merch, cried my eyes out to Charlie OPI and bathed in starlight with Votiv, remixed Amamelia and was transported into medieval fantasy with Gayblade, explored urban forests with Jenny Cauldron and stuck Brown Boy Magik on repeat all day when the spring sun turned up, listened to L V J when I wanted to feel cute, and ripped up my bedroom dancefloor to club-burning tracks by Synthetic Children, Current Bias, Nightmare Honey, Sequentia and Fern. The drop at four minutes in this Synthetic Children track drives me insane.

Listening to Mad Frank’s Summoning EP and cooking breakfast

Listening to this EP almost every day while I cooked all lockdown in Tāmaki Makaurau was one of the sweetest music moments for me this year. This EP strongly reminds me of the kind of Kiwi music that my dad used to play on road trips when I was a kid.

Drug Testing was legalised!

Fr! That happened! Aotearoa became the first country in the world to legalise drug testing. Music festivals and other fun stuff just got a whole lot safer for drug users and their friends, and I’m damn thankful for that! KnowyourstuffNZ are absolute heroes for pushing this law, and risking their livelihoods to thread needles through drug testing loopholes at festivals for years before it was legal. It’s time to start treating drug testing like a condom and catch those cathinones before they’re inside your cavities.

Kraus live at A.R.T.E Festival

Back in July in the depths of the Parisian Tie Factory in Myers Park, a single spotlight shone on Pat Kraus sitting at a desk in the centre of The Audio Foundation gig room, encircled by rows of chairs & frozen spectators barely visible in the darkness. Between the four speakers in each corner of the room the sound began to move, sweeping and surrounding, in a quadraphonic demonstration of synthesizer mastery… We actually had a video of this at work so I uploaded it yesterday just 4 u all xoxo Wear headphones.

UTR 2021 New Zealand Music Video Highlights

Chris Cudby & Annabel Kean
/ Tuesday 14th December, 2021 1:59PM


Let the UTR end of year lists for 2021 begin! First up is our editorial team’s favourite Aotearoa music videos of the year — read Chris Cudby and Annabel Kean‘s personal selections below and stay tuned for our whopping end of year playlist, plus even more festive treats. Special thanks to NZ On Air for helping support our local music video coverage in 2021.

Aldous Harding – ‘Old Peel’

A god damn renaissance painting come to life, Aldous Harding’s self-directed video for stand alone single ‘Old Peel’ has burned itself into my brain since it dropped in June. With each watch you notice a different element that makes this deceptively simple concept shine — the lighting! The textures! Each performer’s movement! Can’t wait to see what visual delights Harding will dream up next year. — A.K.

DARTZ – ‘Pray for Prey’

Pōneke’s DARTZ sum up some of the absolute madness that went down locally in 2021 with their self-directed video for ‘Pray for Prey’, created with support from NZ On Air. Starring lead singer Danz in a role inspired by Destiny Church leader and ("in my opinion") public menace Bishop Brian Tamaki, the clip feels like one of the frontman’s savagely satirical comic strips brought to life, gleefully upping the ante to such a manic degree the band reportedly had to get legal advice before being able to release. If it’s all too absurd then that’s the point — this is one of those vids you imagine whenever you hear the song. — C.C.

Emmanuelle – ‘Mouthfeel’ Prod. franc015

Emmanuelle’s zero budget video for ‘Mouthfeel’ (produced by franc05) is one of the only local artworks I’ve experienced to convey the spooky lawless feeling of Tāmaki Makaurau’s empty city streets during 2021’s four months of lockdown. Expressing the song’s high wire emotions in a poetic DIY vid filmed by and featuring the artist, Emmanuelle ventures into a construction site and scales the dizzying heights of a crane for a (probably quite dangerous) spot of undercover urban stargazing. — C.C.

KITA – ‘Every Day’

Having dived straight into the deep end of music video making myself over the past couple years, I have a particular level of awe reserved for people who pull off a one-shotter. Directed by KITA frontwoman Nikita 雅涵 Tu-Bryant, choreographed by Kia Jewell and with expert projection work from Erica Sklenars, the video for ‘Every Day’ is bursting with life and charm, made all the more impressive knowing they probably shot this approx 50 times. — A.K.

Mousey – ‘The Bench’

Usually folk songwriters don’t get to play the part of outlandish, stage-struttin’ rock star, so I’m stoked with what Martin Sagadin and Mousey aka Sarena Close came up with for upbeat banger ‘The Bench’ — made with support from NZ On Air. The video excels at enhancing rather than just reinforcing the track, and simultaneously flaunts Close’s electric stage presence (with help from movement coach Robyn Jordaan) and matches the track’s infectious high energy. I would very much like to see Sarena do karaoke. — A.K.

Night Lunch – ‘House Full Of Shit’

No video summed up NZ’s home-obsessed hellscape better than Ōtepoti duo Liam Hoffman and Liam Clune aka Night Lunch’s ‘House Full Of Shit’. Instantly gaining a devoted nationwide fanbase for the pair when it dropped in March, they scream "Live Laugh Love" while lamenting our collective domestic garbage reality in their eye-popping and explosive DIY animated clip. Also a primo showcase for Night Lunch’s inventive electric diddly bow / drums setup, ‘House Full Of Shit’ is inarguably one of Aotearoa’s breakout videos in 2021. — C.C.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘That Life’

Unknown Mortal Orchestra skewers high end luxury holiday lifestyles with his slyly infectious single and deceptively cute puppet vid ‘That Life’, directed by Lydia Fine and Tony Blahd. Coincidentally launched while US social satire series The White Lotus (which explores similar themes) was at the height of popularity, here’s what UMO mastermind Ruban Nielson had to say about ‘That Life’: "I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell. When I was writing this song, ‘That Life,’ I was imaging the same kind of ‘Where’s Waldo’ (or ‘Where’s Wally’ as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun." — C.C.

Van Staden & Böhm – ‘Spirit Level (Official Video)’

A joy to behold, the official video for electronic duo Madison Van Staden and Amelia Berry (Amamelia) aka Van Staden & Böhm’s ‘Spirit Level’ activates the gritty streets of overcast Tāmaki Makaurau with a hyper-energising dose of dance mania. Directed by Van Staden and starring Oscar Perress, the clip feels like the ghost of rave-era UK has materialised in the super city, depicting a dance-loving individual breathing fresh life into urban spaces both familiar and sometimes straight up barren. That it’s also a tacit advertisement for the pair’s t-shirts is the icing on the cake (they say "Buy our shirts!" HERE) — if VSB are Aotearoa’s queer happy hardcore equivalent to Prodigy I’m all for it. — C.C.

Vera Ellen – ‘I Want To Be Boy’

Full disclosure, Vera Ellen’s It’s Your Birthday is one of my favourite albums of the year and that may have affected my decision to include ‘I Want 2 B Boy’ in my favourite videos list. Also full disclosure, when I wrote about this clip in July I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to find where co-creaters Randy Kaufman and Vera Ellen had sourced the footage, Googling shit like ‘shirtless man hit by hot dogs’, assuming it was a viral relic of early YouTube. It is actually Kaufman himself and it is a masterpiece. — A.K.


This pick is really for all of WHO SHOT SCOTT’s videos so far. ‘LOVE WE’LL NEVER KNOW’ is the Tāmaki rapper’s seventh, each one directed by Connor Pritchard and each captured in a single shot — a super challenging feat to start, let alone coming up with eight ways to do it. Specials mentions go to Pritchard’s lighting genius, and to WSS’s aerobic fitness. — A.K.

Hans Pucket Announce New Dates For Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 2nd December, 2021 12:44PM


As Christmas draws near in Aotearoa, the question on the lips of many local gig-goers has been: "When are Hans Pucket going to announce new dates for their Confidently Test Out New Material national tour?" That joyous moment has arrived, as twin brothers Oli and Callum Devlin (Sports Team, Dateline), Jono Nott (aka ONONO) and sax / keyboard guru Callum Passells have revealed they’ll now be touring in April 2022, when hopefully all of this year’s hodgepodge of weirdness will seem like some kind of bizarre folk tale. We’re still to get word of support artists, plus the band have hinted at forthcoming special festive bonus treat for fans. Rest assured we’ll keep you in the loop, don’t miss Hans Pucket at the dates below, including a brand new headline gig at Ōtepoti’s Dive and shift in location in Tāmaki Makaurau to the larger capacity Whammy Bar — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

"We’re so lucky to get to do this, can’t wait to get out and see some friends and have a boogie!" – Oliver Devlin

Undertheradar and Sports Team proudly present…

Hans Pucket – Confidently Test Out New Material National Tour 2022

Thursday 14th April – San Fran, Wellington

Friday 22nd April – Whammy, Auckland

Saturday 23rd April – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Friday 29th April – Dive, Dunedin

Saturday 30th April – Loons, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch Oli and Callum Devlin face off in the ultimate twin versus twin challenge for their video ‘Comfort’…

The Wine Cellar Supporters Card Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 29th November, 2021 11:45AM


In anticipation of gigs finally returning to Tāmaki Makaurau this summer, we’ve teamed up with The Wine Cellar on a special new initiative, helping you support these absolute legends and enjoy a hefty discount on live shows up until 30th June 2022. The official Wine Cellar Supporters Card is strictly limited to 100 and is the ideal Xmas gift for that gig-loving friend or even yourself, directly supporting your community on multiple fronts as "purchasing the supporters card will help both the venue and the artists who put on shows as the discounts will also represent a reduction in venue costs for participating show." Here’s the full lowdown direct from The Wine Cellar head honcho Rohan Evans

"The Wine Cellar is happy to announce the launch of our first official supporters card. Limited to 100.
The card purchased via UTR will give the supporter a $5 discount from all participating wine cellar shows from January 2022 until June 30th 2022.

Purchasing the supporters card will help both the venue and the artists who put on shows as the discounts will also represent a reduction in venue costs for participating shows.

We would also like to acknowledge the help and support of UTR and the New Zealand Music Commission."

The Wine Cellar Supporters Card is available HERE via UTR

Experience footage of Charlotte Yates, Justin McLean, Tristan Mason and John McDermot performing ‘Save My Life’ by Andrew Brough at The Wine Cellar in May of this year…

Don McGlashan Unveils Single Go Back In Announces New Queenstown Show

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Diane Smithers
/ Friday 12th November, 2021 9:57AM


Aotearoa music icon Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Mutton Birds) has served up a deliciously catchy new slice of the cake that is his forthcoming album Bright November Morning. A summery studio collaboration with live bandmates The Others, aka the team supreme of Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), Chris O’Connor (SJD, Phoenix Foundation) and James Duncan (SJD, Dimmer), listeners can definitely hear hints of Straitjacket Fits / Dimmer guitar magic on ‘Go Back In‘, intertwining with McGlashan’s melodic beachside reflections on the notion of getting back amongst it.

McGlashan is celebrating the launch of Bright November Morning with a full-scale nationwide tour with The Others, announcing this morning a new Queenstown date on Friday 11th February to kick off the whole shebang. They’ll also be playing a clutch of festival dates, including Ōtautahi’s Nostalgia Fest on 12th February and Splore in Tāmaki Makaurau on 27th February. McGlashan revealed the origins of his shimmering latest tune…

“‘Go Back In’ showcases Shayne, James and Chris in all their propulsive, loose-limbed glory, and it’s about the joy of jumping up for another dance, another round, another helping. Those times when your appetite for life hits you like a sudden gust of wind, and knocks you off-course. I wrote it looking forward to a Summer when we can all sprint along a beach again. Hopefully, that won’t be far away.” — Don McGlashan

UTR proudly presents…

Don McGlashan & The Others

Bright November Morning

Friday 11th February – Sherwood, Queenstown [new date]*

Thursday 31st March – Opera House, Hastings

Friday 1st April – The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North*

Saturday 2nd April – Opera House, Wellington

Thursday 7th April – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Friday 8th April – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Saturday 9th April – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin

Wednesday 13th April – The Meteor Theatre, Hamilton*

Thursday 14th April – Powerstation, Auckland

Saturday 16th April – Sawmill Café, Leigh*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR
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Watch the lyric video for ‘Come Back In’, produced by Kristina Simons aka Tina Turntables…

‘Bright November Morning’ launches on Friday 25th February.

Dimmers I Believe You Are A Star Tour Rescheduled To March 2022

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 28th October, 2021 1:00PM


As Aotearoa’s live music community grapples with the prospect of a forthcoming traffic light level system and vaccine certificates, Shayne P. Carter has announced new dates for his widely anticipated I Believe You Are A Star nationwide tour. Now confirmed for March 2022, once gigs are hopefully a bit more settled and safer for everyone, the run of shows will celebrate the 20th anniversary and vinyl reissue of Dimmer’s landmark debut long player. Carter’s all star live band for the occasion will include Gary Sullivan (JPSE), James Duncan, Nick Roughan (Skeptics), Louisa Nicklin, Neive Strang and Lachlan Anderson (Die Die Die), and they’ll be supported for every date by Proteins Of Magic who launched her stunning self-titled debut album in August. Notably, Dunedin’s event has changed location to the larger capacity Regent Theatre, scope out the full updated details for these majestic gigs below — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders).

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

with support from Proteins Of Magic

Thursday 17th March – San Fran, Wellington*

Friday 18th March – San Fran, Wellington*

Saturday 19th March – Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Christchurch [all ages]*

Thursday 24th March – Regent Theatre, Dunedin [NEW VENUE]

Friday 25th March – Mercury Theatre, Auckland

Saturday 26th March – Mercury Theatre, Auckland

*Tickets available HERE via UTR 
Auckland tickets available HERE

Dunedin tickets available HERE

Take in the newly uploaded, moody computer animated vintage visuals for ‘SEED’ from I Believe You Are A Star…

Sulfate Announce New Dates For Godzone Album Release Tour

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Courtney Rodgers / Wednesday 27th October, 2021 11:53AM


The wonderfully noisy Sulfate crew are powering through the seemingly endless chaos of tour postponements, today announcing brand new dates for their Tāmaki Makaurau, Pōneke, Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti shows. Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels), Hariet Ellis (Na Noise, Dick Move) and David Harris (Princess Chelsea) will be fuelling the sweltering summer heat in February and March with their brain-melting sophomore album Godzone, that dropped to welcome ears back in September via Flying Nun Records. Along with the news of fresh tour dates, Sulfate have confirmed their original ripper bill of support acts has remained in tact, with Guardian Singles, The Spectre Collective, Wurld Series and more joining the Godzone party this summer. Check the full rundown below and lock in your spot — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Sulfate – Godzone Tour

Friday 25th February – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Guardian Singles & Soft Bait

Saturday 26th February – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Mystery Waitress & The Spectre Collective

Friday 11th March – Wunderbar, Lyttelton w/ Wurld Series & Zane 2000

Saturday 12th March – DIVE, Dunedin w/ Dale Kerrigan & Wet Specimen

Tickets available HERE via UTR 

Sulfate’s sophomore album ‘Godzone’ is out now on streaming services and vinyl via Flying Nun Records.

The Beths Announce New Dates For Whammy Residency Wellington Shows

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 22nd October, 2021 11:00AM


Aotearoa power-pop superstars The Beths have lined up all their ducks (or should we say pups?), revealing today brand new dates for both their epic run of Tāmaki Makaurau Whammy Bar residency gigs and their headline stint at Pōneke’s San Fran, including a new Friday night show (plus the all-ages gigs has changed locations from CoCA Massey). In what must have been a exceptionally nimble act of rescheduling jiu jitsu, the team of Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair and Tristan Deck will now be treating fans to their mega-catchy anthems in the summer month of January 2022 — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders). You can experience a magical taste of what to look forward to with The Beths’ new concert film created by champs Sports Team, the band shared their excitement about their forthcoming shows…

"Honestly, when we finally get to play these shows… we are going to be very happy. The last few months have been a rollercoaster, and it’s been rough seeing the rest of 2021 crumble away. But next year is looking brighter and we can’t wait to play these songs for you.”

The Beths
w/ special guests

Friday 7th January – San Fran, Wellington [NEW SHOW / 18+]
Saturday 8th January – San Fran, Wellington [all ages matinee / 18+ late]
Tuesday 11th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland 

Wednesday 12th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland 
Thursday 13th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland  [sold out] 
Friday 14th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland [sold out]
Saturday 15th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland [sold out]

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch The Beths playing ‘Dying To Believe’ live at Auckland Town Hall…

UTR Promoter App New Improved Better Than Ever

Annabel Kean / C.C. / Tuesday 19th October, 2021 9:22AM


As Aotearoa takes baby steps towards restriction-free gig-going, we took the wee lull in live shows to create a bunch of essential updates to our official UTR Promoter App — that’s the app you see the door person use to scan your tickets at shows. The fresh version features new software tech that makes it run a whole lot faster and smoother no matter what the capacity, whether you’re using Android, iOS or even scanning with an iPad. This means speedy queues whether you’re seeing your favourite band at jam-packed festivals like The Others Way or Obey The Riff, or catching a local gem for an intimate Wine Cellar stand-and-sway.

The new edition of the UTR promoter app still does all the usual handy stuff like keeping an up to the moment record of ticket sales and attendees, and making on the night ticket scanning incredibly easy and user friendly. Now it’s a whole lot faster, and will be emerging from lockdown with a hot new look — inspiring!

For all you promoter types, update the app now (the new version is 2.0) and check out the fresh fit while you’re planning your next amazing gig and / or nationwide tour…

Android users
can download the promoter app HERE

iOS users can download the new version of the promoter app HERE

Please note the UTR promoter app is for show organisers — if you’re a ticket holder you’ll be wanting our all-in-one UTR app [available right HERE]

Don McGlashan Announces New Dates For Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Diane Smithers
/ Friday 15th October, 2021 9:00AM


With a new solo album on the horizon and venues across Aotearoa presently operating under various alert level restrictions, Aotearoa music icon Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Mutton Birds) has announced his keenly awaited nationwide release tour has been rescheduled to early 2022. Featuring contributions from live bandmates / all-stars The Others — aka Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), Chris O’Connor (SJD, Phoenix Foundation) and James Duncan (SJD, Dimmer) — Bright November Morning will will now launch in late February 2022, to be followed by a bevy of headline events across the nation in March and April. Time-twisting lead track ‘Now’s The Place’ saw McGlashan reunite with his fellow Front Lawn bandmate Harry Sinclair on co-songwriting duties. He’s confirmed more great singles are indeed on the way, encouraging all to get vaccinated and look after each other during these hectic times…

"Hi all. We announced the Bright November Morning release and tour early, thinking that within weeks the restrictions might be lifted, but things haven’t played out as we’d hoped. After a lot of thought, we’ve reluctantly decided to postpone the tour and the album release. We’ve rebooked the release for late Feb 2022, and the tour for March and April. We hope you can join us then. Please stay safe everyone. Get vaccinated, and take care of each other. Watch this space; we’ll be releasing singles and giving updates on the album release." — Don McGlashan

UTR proudly presents…

Don McGlashan & The Others

Bright November Morning
Rescheduled Tour Dates:

Thursday 31st March – Hastings, Opera House

Friday 1st April – Palmerston North, The Globe Theatre*
Saturday 2nd April – Wellington, Opera House

Thursday 7th April – Nelson, Theatre Royal

Friday 8th April – Christchurch, James

Saturday 9th April – Dunedin, Glenroy Auditorium

Wednesday 13th April – Hamilton, The Meteor Theatre*
Thursday 14th April – Auckland, Powerstation

Saturday 16th April – Leigh, Sawmill Café*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR
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All UTR ticket holders have been emailed with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

Lineup Announced For Slow Note 2021 Festival

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 5th October, 2021 12:01PM


Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s all-ages Slow Note 2021 festival have unveiled some awesome news to keep us amped for brighter days to come, revealing the smashing lineup for November’s three day celebration of music and poetry. Performing across "a number of homely and humble spaces" in the capital will be such significant established and emerging musical figures as Cave Circles (the genre-spanning project of Riki Gooch), Flying Nun dreamscape trio Womb, taonga pūoro practitioner Rob Thorne, Te Papaioea duo Fruit Juice Parade, cyper-pop sensation Hybrid Rose, electronic production wiz Skymning, sci-fi psych rockers Ripship and many more. They’ll be sharing the bill alongside a selection of local poets, curated with the laudable aim of "bringing communities together through a shared ethos of connection and emotion". Delve into the details for this very special community event below…

Slow Note 2021

Friday 26th November to Sunday 28th November — Wellington, four venues and six stages


Cave Circles, Fruit Juice Parade, How Get, Hybrid Rose, Museum Stork, Recitals, Ripship, Rob Throne, School Fair, Sects in the City, Shannengeorgiapetersen, Skymning, SODA BOYZ, Soft Plastics, Synthetic Children, Veale Moss, Welcome, Womb, Zero Cool + more


Ash Davida Jane, dale, Eleanor Rose King Merton, Lou Annabell, Rhegan Tu’akoi, Ronia Ibrahim, Stacey Teague + more

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the beautiful Martin Sagadin-directed video for Womb’s ‘Dust To Dust’, from their Holding A Flame EP…

Experience footage of Rob Thorne playing pūtōrino in the the Durie Hill Tunnel, Whanganui…

Press release:

The lineup for the much-anticipated all-ages festival happening in Pōneke later this year has been revealed.

Slow Note 2021 will bring together a couple dozen of Aotearoa’s most exciting emerging and established artists hosted across a number of homely and humble spaces throughout Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

This year, Slow Note will see artists such as ethereal three-piece Womb, taonga pūoro practitioner Rob Thorne and the breakbeat don Skymning grace various halls and spaces throughout Wellington.

The festival of music and poetry will unfurl across Wellington on 26-28 November at four venues and six stages. Eschewing any particular style or medium, Slow Note is focused on bringing communities together through a shared ethos of connection and emotion.

As an all-ages festival, Slow Note centers community and accessibility, with a view to inspiring reflection and creativity by recognising and appreciating the spaces and communities around us. Slow Note helps widen the path for those who want to discover, explore and connect with new ideas through art.

Valhalla Reopening For Live Shows This Week

Chris Cudby / Image: Planet Of The Dead / Photo credit: Bruce Mackay
/ Tuesday 14th September, 2021 9:39AM


Te Whanganui a Tara’s beloved home of heavy metal, subterranean dance ragers and so much more, Valhalla are leading the charge for the return of live music in Aotearoa once more, reopening their gates for seated gigs from this Wednesday onwards. Operating under the more restricted new Alert Level 2 conditions, capacity for these events will be strictly limited to 50 attendees, social distancing measures will be in place (everyone needs to be 1 metre apart) and masks need to be worn when not imbibing a thirst-quenching beverage. Valhalla have announced a fun twist on the latter with a mask competition being held for every Level 2 show, where the the "coolest / funniest / most unique masker wearer" wins a bar tab on them. NZ’s venues desperately need everyone’s support if our live music culture is going to keep thriving into the future — consider it your civic duty to head along to any / all of these killer shows happening at Valhalla this very week, we advise snapping up presales while you can…

Wednesday 15th September — Songs For Skeleton feat. Bad Hagrid, Rose Lubransky, Esbee and the Zooks; presale tickets available HERE via UTR

Thursday 16th September — NOISE>DRONE>REPEAT w/ Forgotten Architecture, Sluggernaut, Vital Artery, Daniel Beban ($5 on the door, doors at 8pm, first act on 8.30ish)

Friday 17th September — Mortal Vice, The Heathen Collective + extra special bogans

Saturday 18th September — Into Orbit w/ Planet Of The Dead & Mammuthus; presale tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience Planet Of The Dead’s epic video for the title track to their new album Pilgrim…

Sacred Reich and Vio Lence NZ Shows Postponed

Chris Cudby / Image: Sacred Reich
/ Thursday 2nd September, 2021 10:00AM


Metal maniacs across Aotearoa will have to wait a little longer than was first envisioned to experience the sonic onslaught of US thrash legends Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence live on our shores. Originally announced all the way back in August 2019, both bands’ hugely anticipated October gigs in Tāmaki Makaurau and Pōneke with local heroes Bulletbelt have been rescheduled to new dates yet to be announced — all UTR ticket holders will be emailed direct with updated details.

"Due to the continuing uncertainty with lockdowns and travel restrictions we unfortunately have to postpone our New Zealand dates again. We are definitely looking forward to returning so hang on to your tickets! We will make it worth the wait!" — Phil Rind, Sacred Reich

Here’s the low down direct from the organisers: "Sacred Reich, Vio-lence YCSS and Valhalla Touring, are all sorry to confirm that we have to postpone the planned shows in October 2021 to a date when things are more safer and borders have reopened. As we speak, touring has opened up overseas, New Zealand is not far behind, but with all these snap lockdowns and border closures, this current climate is just too risky for the bands, and of course YOU, the fans!!!! Not just for health and safety reasons, but also due to the risk of another snap lockdown, the uncertainty is too risky. With vaccinations now rolling out, we hopefully won’t be too far behind the rest of the world and we can get back to Thrashing it out . . looking like within the next 12 months. Please hold on to your ticket, it will remain valid for the new shows."

Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence

with special guests Bulletbelt

Tuesday 12th October 2021 – Valhalla, Wellington [rescheduled]

Wednesday 13th October 2021 – Whammy, Auckland [rescheduled]

All UTR ticket holders will be emailed direct with updated details

Watch the vintage clip for the title track to Sacred Reich’s 1990 album The American Way…

Experience Vio-Lence’s ‘Serial Killer’ from their 1988 classic Eternal Nightmare…

Clap Clap Riot Announce New Tour Dates Share Video For Its Alright

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 26th August, 2021 10:15AM


As Aotearoa’s gig community keenly awaits for the coast to be clear again for live shows, Tāmaki Makaurau’s Clap Clap Riot have made moves to ensure fans don’t need to miss out on their forthcoming nationwide tour. Punting the ball down the road just a little bit further, they’ve gone and announced the newly dubbed Third Times A Charm tour, hitting the four main centres in the summer month of February 2022, and to sweeten the deal they’ve also launched a brand new video for latest anthem ‘It’s Alright’. Already a zippy punk rock banger, CCR get their personal bubbles on in the song’s sleek clip directed by Karlie Fisher and Sacha Stejko, and made with support from NZ On Air — providing an ace showcase for recent addition Alex Freer‘s (Tiny Ruins, Phoebe Rings) smokin’ skills on the skins. Don’t make them announce a fourth one, keep wearing that mask and head along to CCR’s Third Times A Charm tour at the new dates below — all UTR ticket holders will be emailed direct with updated details

Clap Clap Riot
‘Third Times A Charm’ Tour

Friday 4th February – Meow, Wellington
Saturday 5th February – Whammy, Auckland*
Friday 11th February – Blue Smoke, Christchurch*
Saturday 12th February – Dive, Dunedin*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

‘It’s Alright’ is out now via major streaming services.

UTR Update NZ Shows Postponed Cancelled Due To COVID 19 Restrictions

C.C. / Image: Sofia Machray and Jordan Luck Band
/ Wednesday 18th August, 2021 11:56AM


Here we go again. As readers will no doubt be aware, due to confirmed community cases of Covid-19, (according to the government website) Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula is at Alert Level 4, likely for a period of 7 days. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 4, initially for a period of 3 days. This means a raft of live gigs originally due to happen this coming weekend are now being postponed or cancelled. Here’s a rolling list below of which UTR-related shows have been impacted thus far, follow the links below for more details — all ticket holders to UTR events will be contacted via email of the updated event info.

As Aotearoa’s longest-running independent ticketing and music news website, we’ve been significantly impacted by the new lockdown restrictions. Revenue from ticketing live shows enables the UTR team to keep bringing you the best breaking music news, interviews, playlists and so much more. Please consider supporting us HERE.

How to help support our music community:

– For those who have the means to do so, we encourage ticket holders to consider opting to hold onto tickets, opting out of refunds and opting out of booking fee refunds.

– If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to download the contact tracer app and use it — download it here.

Here are the health and hygiene guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 — please mask up

– You can keep supporting your local record stores by ordering online. 

EVENT UPDATES (more to be announced):

Clap Clap Riot — Auckland show postponed, more info here

Doons x Sofia Machray — Wellington show postponed, more info here

In The Shallows — Palmerston North date postponed

Jordan Luck Band — Hamilton and Auckland dates postponed, more info here

Manuela, Max Earnshaw, and Geoff Ong — Auckland show cancelled

Nic & Reuben — Christchurch and Dunedin shows postponed

Nightmare Honey — Auckland show postponed

Scarlett Lashes — Auckland show cancelled

Storehouse — Auckland date postponed, more info here

Thunder and Marmite – Wellington show cancelled

Interview Crone Now! Here! This! tautahi Festival

Tash van Schaardenburg / Photo credit: Ted Black for his brand Cold Wave
/ Friday 11th June, 2021 1:30PM


Crone aka Emily Berryman and Lucy Reid are taking their chilling brand of experimental techno back to the South Island, to grip the dancefloor in their shivering drones and bone-rattling percussion with Audio Foundation’s Now! Here! This! Ōtautahi Festival. Based in Pōneke, crone are performing as part of a stunner line up of locals, and visitors Omit, K-group and Sewage.The kaupapa of the festival is collaboration, with Lucy Reid also appearing in collaborative sets throughout the festival which started last night with four more shows throughout the weekend at Otautahi’s Space Academy. Tash van Schaardenburg (Citacsy / Unisex Fuck Club) had a quick chat with crone in the virtual realm, before their upcoming gigs and the imminent launch of a new remix of their track ‘crush’ by Whanganui producer Body Beat Ritual

Now! Here! This! Ōtautahi – Space Academy

Friday 11th June – 8pm, tickets available HERE via UTR

Chris Spall / Maki Matsumoto / Nic Woollaston / Jake Kīanō Kinner
Motte / Ro Rushton-Green / Lucy Reid

Justin Dehart
K-group / Omit
Lucy Reid / Gabriel Griffin / Jonty O’Connor / Reece Mcnaughton / I.R.D / Mike Minchington / Luke Shaw

Saturday 12th June – Auricle Ambisonics, 2pm

Paul Toohey / Malcolm Riddoch / David Khan / Noel Meek

Nicole Reddington / Michael Kime / Helen Greenfield / Anita Clark / Ro Rushton-Green / Heather Webb / Nic Woollaston

Jake Kīanō Skinner / Geoff Low / Memory Burn

Saturday 12th June – 8pm, tickets available HERE via UTR

Rmf Thomas / Motte / Jonty O’Connor

Omit / Teen Haters / Emma Johnston
Poltroon / Sewage

Big Flip The Massive


Tash van Schaardenburg: Kia ora Lucy & Emily! I hope you’re both doing great. What’s the Pōneke electronic scene like at the moment?

crone: Kia ora! To be honest we’ve both been pretty low key so far this year. Third Party is a cool young and queer DJ club night serving up hyperpop and gabber. There are a few people involved, but the brains behind it is multi-talented DJ and VJ zozo, who has previously organised events as CLUBHAUS.

In terms of the live electronic scene, we are missing our fave collaborators Strange Stains, Ursula Le Sin, Oil Grace, ENT and Zero Plussed / Beneficiary 414127193, who have all relocated to Tāmaki Makaurau for the time being.

I did a bit of digging and found that you two had been involved in shows together as DJ & presenter / curator all the way back in 2016 for Radio One in Dunedin. How did crone begin?

Haha yes! Synthesize Me was an iconic weekly radio show featuring Emily, Bianca Prujean (Embedded Figures, Strange Harvest) and Renee Barrance (Ov Pain, Élan Vital) as hosts. I did a few guest shows and got my first Lumen Lux DJ gig when they asked me to play their club night.

Crone actually began as a solo project when Emily put a piece together for the Refining Light audio-visual festival at the Anteroom in Port Chambers, with help from Phoebe McKenzie on visuals. From there we started jamming with the idea of combining Emily’s penchant for dreamy melancholic synth, with my affinity for the physicality of club and noise music.

It took a little while to work out and our first gig was a disaster. Nothing was synced and my power cut out like 5 times! We still don’t really know what we’re doing lol.

Lumen Lux · MESH VII FUCK 2020 MIX


You’re also co-founders of MESH, which has played a significant part in how diverse and rich the Pōneke electronic music scene is currently — through it’s mix series and club nights. Maybe you could tell us a little bit about the vibe of the MESH collective’s work?

MESH started in 2018 when we both moved to Pōneke at the same time as our friend Jelly O’Shea, who was running DIRT online gallery. The idea was that it would exist as a sound-focused sub branch of DIRT, but its offline life has probably flourished more than its online counterpart.

The kaupapa of MESH is to build community and provide an accessible and empowering space for experimentation, with a focus on artists and audiences who often exist on the fringes and may not otherwise feel supported. We wanted to present this music in a way that welcomes new people in rather than alienates and shift environments through collaboration with visual artists.

The core collective has always been predominantly queer and so that shapes everything we do, even when we are not explicit about it.

We are on a bit of a hiatus at the moment though.

Crone has a new EP coming out soon. What can we get amped up for?

Second Skin is clubbier than our first EP, which had more of a drone / experimental feel. It’s still got the distinctive discordant sound, just more dancefloor friendly. Our single ‘crush’ should give a good idea of what to expect. There is also an amazing remix by Body Beat Ritual, which is due to be released very soon via The Brvtalist.

People that haven’t seen you live might not realise that Lucy actually plays a drum pad with a looper rather than a drum machine, I think that percussive physicality is really tangible in many of your songs. Do you find that your joint use of hardware influences the overall feeling of your music?

I’m happy that translates! We’re not hardware loyalists, but it has definitely influenced the sound, feeling and structure of our music. We often swing between the appeal of the unlimited potential of software and the immediacy, tangibility and restriction of hardware. We’ve been thinking about changing our set up for a while, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet.

You’re playing at Now! Here! This! Festival at Space Academy on the 10th, 11th, 12th June, both as crone and also as musical collaborators. What can we expect?

As well as a crone performance, I (Lucy) have been invited to play a few collaborative sets with other artists. I think one even has six drummers! While improvised drumming is my first love, I haven’t played since BEARZONEXXX stopped jamming last year so hopefully I don’t drop my sticks.

Whenever I see crone perform, you are dressed in impeccable ‘sci-fi goth’ fashion. Maybe you could name drop a few of your favourite brands / designers for us?

It would be remiss of us not to mention our fellow Pōneke via Ōtepoti crew of JPALM, Vague Jewellery and Cold Wave. We love them all and their work!

Our most memorable fashion moment happened when we last played in Ōtautahi. Steven Park of 6×4 approached us on the dancefloor and said he had two matching dresses that would be a perfect fit for our vibe. We went around for lunch the next day and he gifted us these beautiful metallic pieces made of recycled material that he had ripped and burned. They are still our favourite thing to perform in!