SPACIFIC NEWS #50: Contents

1. New Zealand Music Month Gigs :: Adi Dick, Jayson Norris + more
2. New Zealand Music Month T Shirts
3. Islington Academy :: Opshop
4. Clockwork :: Minuit
5. The Forum :: Scribe
6. Electric Ballroom :: The Black Seeds
7. Cargo :: Pitch Black
8. Competition :: Trip to Scotland?
9. Selected Highlights This Month


With the assistance of the New Zealand Music Commission, we are proud to present a series of FREE concerts this May for your listening/partying pleasure:

MILK BAR :: ADI DICK :: 01/05/08

Adi Dick’s album, “Our Place” was one of the best releases in 2007 – a perfect blend of soul, funk, reggae and electronica, all welded together with original songs and an amazing voice. His live set is equally excellent, and it is an honour to have him open our series of events, as well as launch the new Flat White owned café, The Milk Bar at 3 Bateman Street in Soho. This event will run from 6.30 til 9pm only, and thanks go to Lion Nathan for their support.


Jayson Norris needs little introduction these days – he has built his fanbase on the strength of his excellent live set and catchy songs. Supporting him on the night are two up and coming London based singers – Precious Clark oozes South Pacific soul, while Leigh Franklin seems to be channeling Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones.


Bruce Conlon found fame as frontman for Eight, and since then has been beavering away on his debut solo album, “Audience of One”, due out in NZ this May. He is ably supported by Gothic country rockers The Thin Men, and the legendary Dave.


Our final installment falls on the Bank Holiday Monday, so we have arranged for sunshine all day, and a Kiwi flavoured BBQ in the yard! Outdoor entertainment comes from The Bassbin Kid and his wheelie bin soundsystem, while indoors Christchurch is providing us with two up and coming talents, the folksy Ragamuffin Children and the seemingly unclassifiable O’Lovelys.

More information on all these shows, and on the acts themselves, can be found at



To help pay for the events above, we have been given permission to print up a very limited run of London edition NZ Music Month T-shirts. You can check out the design on the front page of they will be for sale for £15 at Flat White, 17 Berwick Street, Soho or Rough Trade, Dray Walk, off Brick Lane. They will also be on sale at all the gigs we are running in May, or if you can’t get out of the house, we can post them to you – please email to arrange this.

Rough Trade are also celebrating NZ Music Month by giving over one of their display stands to Kiwi music for the whole of May, thanks to the persuasive powers of Margot, who works there. So while buying a t-shirt, why not pick up some Kiwi classics as well!


Opshop’s debut UK single is out May 12th and is already getting some airplay, so hopefully this is just the start of their European career. Currently in the US playing some shows there, they will be touring Europe for a week, with gigs in Edinburgh, Dublin and Amsterdam booked in, so if you can’t get tickets to these London shows (there aren’t many left), then why not go on an adventure? Or at least tell your friends who live in those cities to go along! For more info, check

Tickets: £10 +b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100) or £15 on the door.

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

CLOCKWORK :: MINUIT :: 29/05/08

Tickets are flying out the door for the album launch party for Nelson’s finest breakbeat banditos, with only 40 left at the time of writing. Their northern hemispheric debut dropped yesterday, so if you don’t have any of their albums, then please pop into HMV, Zavvi or your local independent store and pick up a copy. Called, deep breath, “I went to this party and there were 88 Guards with Guns”, it collates all the best tracks from their two NZ albums, “The 88” and “The Guards Themselves”.

If you can’t make the show, and are a fan, then they will be playing on KISS FM on Tuesday 27th May at some point in the evening. Check for more info.

Tickets: £8 +b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100) or £12 on the door.

From: 7.30pm til 1am
At: 96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB
Nearest tubes: Kings Cross or Angel
Venue website:

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

In what is shaping up to be one of the shows of the year, The “Crusader” returns to London for his only European appearance this year, with thanks to for their support.

Scribble first became widely known thanks to his excellent verses on the stand out tracks of P-Money’s debut album, “”Remember?” and “Scribe 2001”. He then smashed it with his debut single, the amazing “Stand Up”, which is still the longest running No 1 in NZ music history. No one was surprised then when “The Crusader” album went on to be one of the fastest selling albums of 2003, selling 8,000 copies in the first few hours of release, and then tripling that in the next few days. The next single, “Not Many – The Remix” confirmed his genius, and found him success over the Tasman, where the Aussies embraced him with a passion, sending him into the charts and buying over 50,000 copies of the album.

Last year saw the release of his long awaited follow up, “Rhyme Book”. It notably features a collaboration with New York hip hop artist Talib Kweli (of Reflection Eternal and Black Star fame) on the track “Be Alright” as well as the amazing “Say It Again” which features Scribe’s cousin Tyra Hammond of Opensouls and Tornados fame. You can check out these tracks and others at

Assisted by DJ D Form, Scribe will be joined on stage by Tyra, who will also perform a solo live set. DJing will be “New Zealand’s ambassador to Ireland”, the legendarily mischevious Mikki Dee, and LOOP’s Adi Dick.

Tickets: £12 +b/f from (08700 600 100) or £15 on the door.

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


The mighty Seeds should need little introduction by now. Over the last ten years they have released a trio of stellar albums, and played all round the globe, entertaining us all with their excellent fusion of dub, reggae, funk and soul.

Now they have a new album set for release in August this year, and are coming back to London to play a small (for them) gig at Camden’s excellent Electric Ballroom, with support from the dubtastic International Observer and Special Needs’ Cam Diggy.

Tickets: £13.50 + b/f from (08700 600 100) or £20 on the door.

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

CARGO :: PITCH BLACK :: 24/07/08

Just in – electro dub pioneers Pitch Black return for a one-off show. More next month.

Advance tickets: £9 from Ticketweb (08700 600 100)

From 7pm til 1am
On: 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street or Old Street


03 The Fluids // The Good Ship, Kilburn High Rd // 8.30+ // £tbc
11 The Brunettes // Water Rats, Grays Inn Rd // 7+ // £7.50
21 Lawrence Arabia // Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore // 7.30+ // £25
31 Mark de Clive Lowe // Jazz Café, Parkway // 11+ // £10

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