SPACIFIC NEWS #44: Contents

1. Neighbourhood :: Opshop
2. Big Chill Bar :: East Larry
3. Lockside Lounge :: Jayson Norris
4. The Best Flat White in London?
5. Selected Highlights This Month


The winners of this year’s People’s Choice Award at the annual NZ Music Awards have come along way since the original trio met at Christchurch’s Catholic Boy’s School. Jason Kerrison, Matt Treacy and Tim Skeddon formed the band back in 2002, and were signed the next year to Siren Records.

Their debut album, “You Are Here”, came out to commercial and critical acclaim in 2004, thanks in part to the radio friendly nature of their songs. Despite personnel changes in 2005, the band soldiered on with the follow up, drafting in Manic Street Preachers producer Greg Haver to help shape their songs. Released earlier this year, “Second Hand Planet” is well on its way to platinum sales, having entered the charts at #5.

They have supported Snow Patrol, Silverchair and Powderfinger on their NZ tours, and are really looking forward to their only UK show of 2007. For more info, check out or

Supporting them on the night will be the lovely Leigh Franklin –

Advance tickets are £8 from Ticketweb (08700 600 100) or
Door sales will be £12

Doors are at 7.30pm, with Leigh Franklin on at 8.45 and Opshop on around 9.30pm.

Venue: Neighbourhood, 12 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ
Nearest tubes: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park


East Larry (his mother calls him Luke Procter) hails from Wellington, a city that shaped his interests in hip hop, dub, funk, drum and bass and dirty boogie………..

In the capital he was lucky enough to play at some of his favourite haunts: Sandwhiches, Studio Nine and Havana, as well supporting 50Hz and regularly appearing on RadioActive. Since arriving in London in 2005, Larry has co-hosted a popular monthly night at The Driver called ‘The Larry and Mo Show’ and played in the bar at the legendary Movement night at Bar Rhumba. More recently, his cheeky guest appearances at H*E*R*D, a hip hop night hosted by his foolish friend DJ Vee (The Elephant), have gained a fresh following at the Lockside Lounge in Camden.

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


To celebrate Christmas, we have asked our favourite Pacifican

From: 7pm til 1am
On: West Yard, Camden Lock, Camden NW1 8AF
Nearest tube: Camden Town


Many months ago, we asked you to nominate your favourite places to have a Flat White in London. Four intrepid reporters (Blair Jagusch, Emma Philpott, Matt Fordham and Rory Kingan) went one step further and wrote up detailed reports on each place they visited.

We had been waiting for our lazy developers to finish updating the Spacific website (anyone work with the eZ Publish CMS …. please get in touch!) but thankfully a friend has set up a Spacific group on Facebook ( and we are posting the reports up there.

In a nutshell the results were as follows:

Overall Winner: Flat White
Runner Up: Monmouth Coffee
Highest Scoring Coffee: Tea and Coffee Plant
Highest Scoring Ambience: Sacred and Scooterworks

Please feel free to add your comments (oh and join the group!) on this report, on any gigs you have been to recently, on who you would like to see come over and play in London next year or anything else that takes your fancy!


11 The Desert Downtown // The Apple Tree, Mt Pleasant WC1 // 4.30+ // FREE
17 Lee Morunga @ Mau Fundraiser // NZ House, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y // 5+ // £40
23 FreQ Nasty @ FabricLive // Fabric, Charterhouse St EC1 // 9.30-5 // £12
29 The Brunettes // Melange Social Club, 281 Kingsland Rd, E2 8AS // 7.30+ // £5

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