SPACIFIC NEWS #48: Contents

1. Big Chill Bar :: Steve Usha
2. 12 Acklam Road :: Hollie Smith
3. Islington Academy :: Opshop
4. The Forum :: Scribe
5. Electric Ballroom :: The Black Seeds
6. New Titles in Stock
7. Selected Highlights This Month


Steve Usha cut his teeth DJing at Auckland institution The Khuja Lounge, and since being in London has been a regular at one of our favourite bars, The Lockside Lounge in Camden. Now he has decided to go home, and we are lucky enough to host one of his final sets of in the UK.

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

12 ACKLAM ROAD :: HOLLIE SMITH :: 14/04/08

Hollie Smith burst onto the NZ music scene with 2006’s blockbuster track, “Bathe in the River”, the lead song in the film No.2. Since then the press appointed “Kiwi soul sister” has seen her debut album, “Long Player” sell over 30,000 copies back in NZ, been awarded “Best Female Solo Artist,” “Breakthrough Artist of the Year,” “Best Aotearoa Roots Album” and “Best Producer” at the 2007 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and to top it all off, been signed by EMI/Blue Note Records offshoot, Manhattan, for release in the US and the rest of the world.

As a result, this, her debut UK appearance, will probably be one of the last times to be able to see her in such an intimate environment, as bigger things surely beckon.

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Tickets are £12 +b/f in advance from (08700 600 100) or
Door price will be £15.

From: 7pm til 11.30pm
Venue: 12 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ
Nearest tubes: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park
Venue website:


Since their debut London show last November, Opshop have gone from strength to strength back in NZ, with their last album, “Second Hand Planet”, recently achieving double platinum sales. A campaign is underway to increase their UK profile, and hopefully you will be hearing them on Radio 1 sometime soon.

Tickets: £10 +b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100) or

From: 7pm til 11.30pm
At: N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS
Nearest tube: Angel
Venue website:

THE FORUM :: SCRIBE :: 13/06/08

The “Crusader” returns to London for his only UK appearance this year. Having built on the success of his debut album (150,000 sales and counting!) with 2007’s “Rhyme Book”, Scribe’s live shows have gone from strength to strength. Assisted by DJ D Form, Scribe will be joined on stage by the awesome Tyra Hammond of Opensouls and Tornados fame. Also DJing will be Dublin legend, Mikki Dee, and LOOP’s Adi Dick.

Tickets: £12 +b/f from ((0844 847 2405) or

From 7.30pm til 1am
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1JY
Nearest tube: Kentish Town
Venue website:


The Black Seeds return to the UK this summer with a brand new album under their belts, which, if the gods of dub are willing, you will be able to buy at this show. More info next month.

Tickets: £13.50 + b/f from Ticketmaster ((0844 847 2405) or

Where: Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP
Nearest tubes: Camden Town
Venue website:


A recent shopping trip to New Zealand means more goodies in stock at Flat White in Soho and online at Spacific’s webshop.

From March 15th, the following titles will be in stock:
Tiki – Past, Present and Future
Little Bushman – Pendulum
Nathan Haines – Right Now


13 The Fluids // Arts Theatre, 50 Frith St, W1D 4SQ // 7.30-? /// £5
16 Mark de Clive Lowe @ Freesoul // Corsica Studios, 5 Elephant Rd, SE17 1LB // 8-? // £tbc
20 Cut Off Your Hands // Old Blue Last, 38 Gt Eastern St, EC2A 3ES // 8-? // £5
28 The Upbeats @ FabricLive // 77a Charterhouse St, EC1M 3HN // 9.30-5 // £15

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