SPACIFIC NEWS #55: Contents

1. Astoria :: The Black Seeds
2. 12 Acklam Road:: Dave Dobbyn
3. Ta Moko
4. Competition ::Tickets to The Pioneers
5. New CD instore :: Pacific Heights
6. Selected Highlights This Month


The prime example of New Zealand’s good time summer music vibe, The Black Seeds are currently riding high on the back of their latest release, “Solid Ground”, another boundary-crossing fusion of dub, funk, afro-beat and soul, served on a vintage reggae base. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can preview tunes at (and buy it from!)

They spend the summer this side of the world promoting the album – playing some of Europe’s biggest festivals including Roskilde, Lovebox and Summerjam as well as selling out shows in London and Amsterdam. Back for one final blast, they are joined for their last London show of the year by the amazing Ava Leigh (

Advance tickets are £14.50 +b/f from Ticketmaster (08700 600 100) – quick link – or £20 on the door.

Doors: 7pm
At: 157 Charing Cross Road, London , WC2 8EN
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road
Venue website:

12 ACKLAM ROAD :: DAVE DOBBYN :: 28/11/08

Dave’s first show at Islington Academy is almost sold out, so we have put another on sale the next night at the old Neighbourhood venue in Ladbroke Grove.

For all his shows, Dave is joined by seven other musicians and is playing two sets featuring new material and old favourites, with a running time of well over 2 hours. The new songs come from his latest album ‘Anotherland’, produced by the UK’s dub-maestro Adrian Sherwood and Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, which entered the NZ chart at No 2. You can check some of the new tracks out at

Tickets are £15 +b/f from (020 8367 4983)

Doors: 7pm
At: 12 Acklam Road, London W10 5QZ
Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove
Venue website:


Slightly late notice, but if anyone is interested in having any Ta Moko done, then two highly skilled artists, Richard Francis and Patrick T, are in residence at ‘Te Whare Tu Toa’ in London this week only. You can check out their work at and make a booking by calling 07917138585. ‘Te Whare Tu Toa’ is at


On October 12th Seethrewmusic will be performing their acclaimed production of The Pioneers at the Pacific Playhouse in Southwark: for the second year running this trio of professional musicians tell the story of the first English settlers to New Zealand with one double bass, two guitars and three voices. They perform to a back drop of stunning New Zealand scenery – images created by award winning UK photographer Barry Lewis, mixed in with digitally reproduced archival images from the UK’s Centre for New Zealand Studies archive.

We have two pairs of tickets to give away – please email by Monday 6th October to enter the draw. For more info, check either or


We have just received a handful of copies of the new solo album by Shapeshifter’s Devin Abrams, and have left some at Flat White, 17 Berwick St, W1F 0PT and put some at (For those who don’t know Pacific Heights’ material, check out


03 FreQ Nasty // Fabric, Charterhouse St, EC1M 3HM // 10-6 // £10/13
07 Ladyhawke // Scala, Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL // 7.30+ // £8.5
14 Cut off Your Hands // Water Rats, Grays Inn Rd, WC1X 8BZ // 7+ // £6
24 Mosus // Herbal, Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA // 9-3 // £10
25 Mark de Clive-Lowe // Cargo, Rivington St, EC2A 3HY // 9-3 // £10
31 Collapsing Cities // Amersham Arms, New Cross Rd, SE14 6TY // 9-3 // £5/6

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