SPACIFIC NEWS #38: Contents

1. Bar Academy :: Bruce Conlon, Nathan King, Jayson Norris + The Thin Men
2. Big Chill Bar :: The Kingsland Vinyl Appreciation Society
3. KOKO :: Dave Dobbyn
4. Fat Freddy’s Drop :: Competition
5. The Best Flat White in London :: Update
6. Selected Highlights This Month
7. Cocktail Of The Month :: Pacifico


To celebrate New Zealand Music Month, we are happy to showcase some of the finest London based expatriate talent, all for the bargain price of a fiver!

The latest addition to the line up is the lead singer of 8, Bruce Conlon. Now based in London as a solo artist, Bruce has been busy writing new music, which you can check out at

We also have the wonderful Pacific style roots of Jayson Norris (, the sublime southern gothic country of The Thin Men ( and the former lead singer of Zed, Nathan King (

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 his compositions being voted into the top 50 favourite Kiwi songs of all time in a recent poll by Telecom: “Loyal”, “Slice of Heaven”, “Bliss’”, “Welcome Home”, “Be Mine Tonight”, “Whaling” and “Outlook for Thursday”. And doubtless those seven will all get rolled out on this night, as well as countless others.

If by some chance, you don’t know who he is, then please visit for more details.

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


Fat Freddy’s Drop have kindly given us 3 pairs of tickets to give away for their soon to be announced (you heard it here first, folks!) 2nd London show on Thursday 28th June at The Astoria on Charring Cross Road (tickets on sale next week).

To win, please email by May 20th, and tell us what wonderful delicacy Dobie Blaze rustles up on their new DVD, “Fantastic Voyages Vol 1” (to be released in the UK next month).

Please note that a condition of entering this competition is that your email address will be added to the Fat Freddy’s mailing list.

See all Fat Freddy’s Drop June tour dates here:


Many thanks to all of you who volunteered to help find the best Flat White in London. We were overwhelmed by the response, and really look forward to your feedback, which we hope to post up on the website by July 2nd, when we also hope to launch a new look for

For those that didn’t write in but want to know some of the suggested places, here they are:
Blue Mountain Café, 18 North Cross Rd, SE22 9EU
Bullet Coffee, 3rd Floor Of Snow And Rock, 4 Mercer Street, WC2H 9QA
Flat White, 17 Berwick Street, W1F 0PT
Glowlounge, 6 Cavendish Parade, SW4 9DW
Hell Pizza, 369 North End Road, SW6 1NW
Local Hero, Fulham Rd, SW6 5RT
Monmouth Coffee, 27 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9EU or 2 Park St, SE1 9AB
Providores, 109 Marleybone High Street, W1U 4RX
Sacred, 13 Ganton Street, W1F 9BL
Tea And Coffee Plant, 180 Portobello Road, W11 2EB


09 Mosus @ Swerve // The End, West Central St, WC2 // 11-3 // £4/6
15 The Checks // Metro, Oxford St, WC1 // 7-? // £7
19 Concord Dawn @ Sudden Def // Clockwork, Pentonville Rd // 9-4 // £8
25 Cam Diggy @ Special Needs // Lockside Lounge, Camden // 8-1 // Free

For May listings, please visit


Ingredients: 45ml 42 BELOW Feijoa, Ch’I + a long slice of Cucumber
Glass: Collins
Method: Fill a long glass with lots of ice, add liquid ingredients, add cucumber slice and stir briefly to infuse cucumber flavour into the drink and incorporate the ingredients.

This cocktail was created by Leon at the Matterhorn in Wellington 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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