SPACIFIC NEWS #51: Contents

1. The Big Chill Bar :: Nick Atkinson
2. 12 Acklam Road :: Scribe
3. Islington Academy :: Opshop
4. Electric Ballroom :: The Black Seeds
5. Cargo :: Pitch Black
6. Free Tickets :: Spacifix
7. Competition :: Version Excursion T-Shirts
8. Selected Highlights This Month


Nick’s “day job” is saxophonist for Supergroove, but he also spins great tunes, and so we feel very lucky to have him come along and play for us this month. As the more astute of you may already know, he will be back later this year, as Supergroove have been booked to play Toast on September 27th – yes, that’s right, the ‘Groove will be in the UK, playing their first ever northern hemisphere show, and their only show outside of Australasia this year. More info and tickets available from

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

12 ACKLAM ROAD :: SCRIBE :: 13/06/08

A last minute schedule change has meant that Scribe’s show has moved not only date but venue: he will now be playing at 12 Acklam Road on Saturday 14th June. All original tickets are still valid, but if you bought a ticket and cannot make the show, please contact the original ticketing agent to arrange a refund.

If you aren’t familiar with him, 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 (c9pm) by Tyra, who will also perform a solo live set. DJing will be “New Zealand’s ambassador to Ireland”, the legendarily mischievous Mikki Dee, LOOP’s Adi Dick plus a last minute addition in the form of Mr Nick Lloyd.

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

From 7pm til 2.30am
At: 12 Acklam Road, London W10 5QZ
Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove
Venue website:


As some of you may know, Opshop had a few problems getting into the country last month due to visa irregularities (the naughty boys!). Thankfully the nice people at Air New Zealand have come to the rescue and they will finally be able to play their London show this month – they are now playing in the big room, so plenty of extra tickets are available.

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:


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 with their excellent fusion of dub, reggae, funk and soul.

They have a new album, entitled Solid Ground, set for release in August this year on Berlin’s esteemed Sonar Kollektiv, and are coming back to London to play a small and nearly sold out 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.

From: 7pm til 12am
Where: Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP
Nearest tubes: Camden Town
Venue website:

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

Pitch Black have blazed a trail of warped woofers and twisted tweeters since their debut at The Gathering back in 1997. Despite being one of the pioneers of live electronica in NZ, they haven’t rested on their laurels, but keep on adding new elements to their bass heavy, echo laden sound – their last album “Rude Mechanicals” featured more genres than is supposedly healthy. You can download for FREE live versions of two tracks off the album from

They make a welcome return to London for a one off show this summer, in between supporting the Easy Dub All Stars in Croatia and repping NZ at an international film festival in Poland. Last year’s Cargo session sold out so …. get in! Supporting them is the equally unclassifiable Tom Cosm and other guests tba.

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


Spacifix are playing an industry showcase at Madame Jo Jo’s on Friday 20th June and need your help. Lots of music industry people are invited along, so they need a crowd to sweeten the vibe – if you and all your friends would like to come, for FREE, of course, then please email us at to get on the list.

Madame Jo Jo’s is at 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE, doors will open at 6.30pm and the band will play 7.15pm.

To find out more about them, please visit either or


Version Excursion is a new clothing label for music lovers, DJs and Kiwis with good taste! The first collection is inspired by reggae music, exploring the different styles of reggae, the terms, the artwork and some of the people who have influence the culture. The Collection will on display at the Milkbar from June 19th to July 31st: you can view the T-shirts and listen to the musical influences though Sony’s ‘Wireless’ Walkmans while chilling out in Soho’s best spot for coffee (brought to you by Flat White of course).

To launch the collection, Heavy J will be spinning reggae classics and more from 6 til 9pm on June 19th at The Milkbar, 3 Bateman St, W1D 4AG, which you are all invited to. But best of all, they have given us 2 T-shirts to give away to whoever can tell us where Bob Marley played in Auckland back in 1979: email us at by June 9th with your answer. In the meantime, check out


03 Cut Off Your Hands // 93 Feet East, Brick Lane // 7-1 // £6
09 Die!Die!Die! // Old Blue Last, Curtain Rd, EC2 // 8-? // £7.50
13 Atlantic Conveyor // Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A // 8-3 // £10/12
24 The Veils // Enterprise, Chalk Farm Rd, NW3 // 7-? // £5

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