SPACIFIC NEWS #37: Contents

1. Apologies
2. Big Chill Bar :: Vaughan
3. Bar Academy :: Nathan King, Jayson Norris + The Thin Men
4. Big Chill Bar :: The Kingsland Vinyl Appreciation Society
5. KOKO :: Dave Dobbyn
6. Matariki Art Exhibition :: Submissions invited
7. The Best Flat White in London :: Who makes it?
8. Selected Highlights This Month
9. Cocktail Of The Month :: Pacifico


Sorry for the late arrival of this month’s newsletter but we had been waiting for certain events to be confirmed before sending it out. Not all of them did eventuate but ….. here we are anyways – better late than never!

BIG CHILL BAR :: VAUGHAN :: 02/05/07

May’s guest DJ is one of the founders of Auckland based label Tardus. Originally allied to the Kog Transmissions collective and home to Dejusa and Paradigm, Tardus has gone on to release an eclectic line up: Minuit, Die!Die!Die!, Cassette and One Million Dollars with Fur Patrol’s latest opus potentially scheduled for later this year.

From: 7pm til 12am
On: Dray Walk, just off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East


To celebrate New Zealand Music Month, we are putting on a selection of some of the finest London based expat talent, all for the bargain price of a fiver!

First up will be Jayson Norris, our favourite laidback Pacifican troubadour, whose live sets are becoming more and more popular throughout the capital. If you don’t know him you can check him out at

Then we have the wonderful Thin Men, who manage to merge Southern Gothic styles with touches of country and lots of love. They are at

Our final act for the night is the former lead singer of Zed (remember them?), Nathan King, now firmly ensconced in London, forging ahead with his solo project. He is at

Tickets: £5 +b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100) or £8 on the door.

From: 7pm til 1am
At: N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS
Nearest tube: Angel


Will of the KVAS undoubtedly holds the title for the longest DJ name in NZ. He is over in the UK to pick up one of the coolest products we have heard of in a while: a double vinyl compilation, featuring unreleased tracks by some choice NZ artists: Shihad, Straitjacket Fits, The Mint Chicks and HDU amongst others. Hopefully he will be in possession on the night, and as well as spinning some of the tunes, may be willing to part with company of them for some crisp English Sterling – come prepared!

From: 7pm til 12am
On: Dray Walk, just off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East
KOKO :: DAVE DOBBYN :: 21/06/07

There isn’t much that can be said about Dave Dobbyn that you probably don’t know already: living legend, national icon, singer songwriter par example, all round good bloke! His live shows are renowned not just for the songs, but for the in between banter – jokes, tales of misdemeanors past and other musings on life, the universe and everything else.

But it is his songs that he is most famous for, with 7 of them being voted into the top 50 favourite Kiwi songs of all time in a recent poll by Telecom. And doubtless those seven will all get rolled out on this night, as well as countless others.

Tickets: £15 +b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100)
Alternatively you can pick them up for no booking fee at KOKO’s box office during office hours.

From: 7.30pm til 12am
On: 1a Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE
Nearest tubes: Mornington Crescent


Some enterprising members of Ngati Ranana, the London Maori Club, are holding an exhibition on Saturday June 23rd in East London and are looking for submissions from UK based artists. There is more on this at


Several years ago, an intrepid Kiwi explorer went out into the coffee desert of London to report on where to get the best flat white in town. Her report is up at

Since then, several Kiwi owned and managed coffee shops have opened up, including Flat White and Sacred in Soho, so it seemed only fair to conduct another survey. We are looking for someone to conduct this incredibly stressful task! We can’t pay you for your time unfortunately, but we will pay for all the coffees you taste and give you a pair of free tickets to one of the shows we are promoting in London this year.

If you would like to give this a go, please email us at


The Fluids @ Outlaw // Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd // 9-3 // £8

For April listings, please visit


Ingredients: 40ml 42 BELOW Passionfruit, 15ml vanilla liqueur, 15ml sugar syrup, 15ml raw sugar, 1/2 lemon (cut in small pieces) and 4 one inch chunks fresh pineapple
Glass: Med/Large Rocks
Method: Place pineapple chunks in glass and add lemon pieces. Add sugar and sugar syrup then muddle. Add as much ice in the glass as humanly possible and add passionfruit vodka. Add vanilla liqueur. Pour into a shaker and shake vigorously then pour back into the tumbler.

This cocktail was created by Chris Hopkins and comes to you courtesy of 42 Below, whose Pure vodka is available from Oddbins. For more info on 42, visit

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