SPACIFIC NEWS #141: Contents

1. Servant Jazz Quarters :: Soaked Oats :: 13/05/19
2. St Pancras Old Church :: Modern Maori Quartet :: 26/07/19
3. Electric Ballroom :: The Black Seeds :: 15/08/19
4. The Grand :: Jordan Luck Band :: 03/10/19
5. o2 Forum :: Shapeshifter :: 18/10/19
6. Sebright Arms :: Pitch Black :: 7+8/11/19
7. Sweet Sounds Live
8. Upcoming Highlights


A young four-piece band hailing from Dunedin,Soaked Oats have been described as “a southern stew of Kevin Morby and LCD Soundsystem with a good shake of Mac DeMarco “. The band are making their inaugural trip to the motherland this May to perform at The Great Escape in Brighton. Following their appearance there, Soaked Oats are going to bring their endearing live performance to London for the very first time.

Their latest single ‘Driftworld’draws the listener in with its whirling cymbal punctuated swirl-scape – check out the video here.

Joining them on the night will be hot Canadian act FRANKIIE, whose forthcoming album marries the lush qualities of Big Thief with an intimate anthemic approach reminiscent of Heart.

Tickets are £8 + b/f from Music Glue, SEE or Ticketweb

From: 7.30pm
At: 10A Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN
Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction
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There are two sides to every story. And every story has a song.

Aotearoa’s favourite showband Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) returns to London this July with a ONE NIGHT ONLY performance of their music theatre work that was five years in the making.

Two Worlds; an original Māori play with songs brings about a timely return to MMQ’s theatrical beginnings with a story full of heart and revelation. With signature style and humour Two Worlds weaves together four stories that unfold the fabric of Māori musical culture and its genealogy and evolution.

Layering an earnest and uniquely Kiwi narrative to their soaring harmonies and classic quirky charm, the award-winning MMQ invite you to meet Koro, Big Bro, Uncle and Bub, and experience their take on what it really means to be Māori in this day and age.

“Out of everything I’ve seen so far I would recommend The Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds. Great singing, dancing and humour in a clever dramatic framework, and four lovely actor/musicians.” Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo), as interviewed in The Scotsman

Tickets are £18 + b/f from Music Glue, SEE or Ticketweb

From: 7pm
At: Pancras Rd, NW1 1UL
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross or Mornington Crescent
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They’re back ….. One of New Zealand’s most-loved live acts, The Black Seeds, have spent the last two decades taking the world by storm. Back home, they are revered stalwarts of the touring and festival circuit, while abroad they’ve remained at the forefront of New Zealand’s internationally renowned roots movement, alongside the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Katchafire.

Described by Clash Magazine as “one of the best live reggae acts on the planet,” the band’s eight-piece live show infuses raw energy and good vibes wherever they go. With countless sold out tours behind them and performances at many of the world’s leading festivals, The Black Seeds live set delivers a soul party on time, every time.

With a stash of albums and hits to their name, including ‘Dust and Dirt’, ‘So True’, ‘Cool Me Down’, and ‘One-By-One’, which became an international hit when it featured in an episode of the award-winning TV series ‘Breaking Bad’, The Black Seeds have clocked up multi-platinum sales and streams. While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band in 1998, The Black Seed’s sound casts a wide net, laying funk, soul, Afrobeat and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundation.

Having released their sixth studio album FABRIC in 2017 to critical acclaim, the band will return to Europe this summer for the first time in 5 years on the back of a new single.

Early Bird tickets have all sold out already.

General Admission tickets are available for £18 +b/f from Music Glue, SEE or Ticketweb

From: 7pm
At: 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
Nearest Tube: Camden Town
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Legend’ is a word suffering from chronic overuse syndrome these days, but when it comes to Jordan Luck, the word regains it’s full meaning and one the NZ public associates with this true blue Kiwi icon. This affection is obviously felt amongst his musical peers as well – they bestowed Jordan the honour of inaugural Inductee into the New Zealand Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and in 2015 The NZ Music Legacy Award.

As front man and pop-writing genius with the legendary Exponents, he clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with ‘Victoria’ recently voted by the public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time. These days on any given weekend you will hear packed stadiums of sports fans singing in unison (if not in-tune) ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ a song that seems to have taken on the mantle as the ‘unofficial’ alternative NZ national anthem.

The Jordan Luck Band is the new super deluxe Frankenstein incarnation backing the iconic kiwi singer these days. Every gig, the band play the best of all those iconic Exponents tracks we know and love as well as a collection of the bands favourite Kiwi classics. Meticulously designed by Jordan himself from the ground up, this band has just the one purpose…to bring Jordan’s blend of pop rock genius from the past, present and future… back to the masses!

Hand-picked from a wish-list of players Jordan wanted to work with, the word went out, his fantasy starting line up were contacted and unsurprisingly they all signed up…so, starting from the stage right part of the paddock: Bryan Bell – ex-frontman of the much loved Dead Flowers, Beaver – rocknroll royalty and drummer of the world famous D4, Rich Mixture – God of all things musical, formerly graced the stages of D4, Dead Flowers and many more, Joe Walsh – frontman of Auckland rocker’s Ekko Park.

Standing tickets are £15 + b/f and Seated are £20 + b/f from Music Glue, SEE or Ticketweb

From: 7pm
At: 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT
Nearest Tube: Clapham Junction station
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O2 FORUM :: SHAPESHIFTER :: 18/10/19

After selling out shows across New Zealand and Australia this summer, Shapeshifter NZ return to London for one special night.

Showcasing new tunes from their forthcoming LP alongside bonafide classics, this is your one chance to catch the stadium electronic wonderkids before they head back into the studio. With new collaborations recorded with the Upbeats in 2019, their own new material and another LP with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra on the way, Shapeshifter NZ remain one of the most diverse acts in dance music.

A unique combination of future soul, drum and bass, jazz, rock, dub and more, with euphoric synths and heavy guitars amidst pounding drums and soaring vocals – this is Shapeshifter NZ.

Early Bird tickets have all sold out already.

General Admission tickets are now available for £21.50 + b/f fromMusic Glue , and SEE

From: 8pm
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town
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Just confirmed – the dastardly dub duo are coming back this November for a dubble header at the Sebright Arms. Their last show there sold out, so don’t delay ……..

Early bird tickets are £10 + b/f from Music Glue

From: 7.30pm
At: 31-35 Coate St, London, E2 9AG
Nearest Tube: Cambridge Heath or Bethnal Green
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They’re also curating a Spotify playlist which features new Kiwireleases that are getting supported and hyped both in NZ and internationally:New (Zealand) Releases 2019.


03/05 Mermaidens // Shacklewell Arms,E8 2EB // 7-11 // FREE
15/05 Jordan Rakei // EartH, N16 8BH // 7-11 // £17
16/05 The Beths // The Dome, NW5 1HL // 7-11 // £11
22/05 Johnathan Bree // Moth Club, E8 1EL // 7.30-11 // £9
29/05 10:32 // Servant Jazz Quarters, N16 8JN // 7.30-11 // £3/6/9
16/06 Alien Weaponry // The Underworld, NW1 0NE // 7-11 // £14
19/06 Lawrence Arabia // The Lexington, N1 9JB // 7-11// £12

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