SPACIFIC NEWS #66: Contents

1. O2 Empire :: The Black Seeds
2. The Rhythm Factory :: Pitch Black
3. Cargo :: Ladi6
4. Pub in the Park Competition
5. Centre for New Zealand Studies Petition
6. Selected Highlights this Month

O2 EMPIRE :: THE BLACK SEEDS :: 02/10/09

Tickets are selling fast for this show, The Black Seeds’ only gig in the capital this year, with the ground floor now completely sold out, and the first level going swiftly too.

The Seeds have blazed a trail round the world with their fusion of dub, funk, afro-beat and soul, all served on a bed of vintage reggae. Last year’s “Solid Ground” album received airplay all across Europe and as hinted in last month’s mailout has been signed for North America by Easy Star Records, home to the jahlicious Easy Dub All Stars, who were responsible for “Dub Side of the Moon” and “Radiodread”.

Supporting them on the night are new kids on the block, Electric Wire Hustle, with their unique twist on modern hip-hop, psychedelic and soul. DJ duties will be handled by the Radio Riddler Soundsystem, aka Fast and Frank from Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Advance tickets are £14 + b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100 or or it will be £20 on the door.

From: 7pm til 11pm
At: Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12
Nearest tube: Shepherd’s Bush or Goldhawk Rd
Venue website:


Electron herders Pitch Black are back in town for one night only, as part of a whirlwind world tour (taking then from Boulder to Berlin and Amsterdam to Zagreb) to promote their latest project: an collection of remixes by International Observer, Simon Flower, Kerretta, Subtone and many more of tracks from their last album proper, 2007’s “Rude Mechanicals”.

If you haven’t come across Pitch Black before, then you can download tracks for free from and watch them in action at Supporting them on the night are English band Subgiant, plus DJs Earwaker and Johnny Clash.

Advance tickets are £8.50 in advance from Ticketweb (08700 600 100 or or it will be £12 on the door.

From: 7pm til 1am.
At: 16 – 18 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1EW
Nearest tube: Aldgate East
Venue website:

CARGO :: LADI6 :: 05/11/09

The first lady of Kiwi hip hop is making a flying visit to London for this one off show. Support on the night comes from the amazing J Star (check if you don’t believe us!) and the equally superb Recloose.

Advance tickets are £8 in advance from Ticketweb (08700 600 100) or it will be £12 on the door.

From: 7pm til 1am.
At: 83 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY
Nearest tube: Old St or Liverpool St
Venue website:


Thanks to TNT, we have 2 tickets to a brand new event called Pub in the Park, which is taking place in Greenwich Park on the weekend of 18-20 September. Designed to celebrate the great British pub, the event features standup comedy to karaoke, stars of the 80’s to cover bands, darts to pool competitions, pub quizzes to five a-side football, Guiness bus to beer tasting, plus TNT will be hosting their own area with Antipodean entertainment. For more info, check

To win the pair of tickets, please email by Thursday 10 September, when we will draw a name out of the hat.


As some of you may know, a Centre for New Zealand Studies was set up at Birkbeck University in London with funding from the NZ and UK governments. Since then the Centre has organised 114 events, 5 conferences and 3 festivals.

Unfortunately due to political infighting at the University, the Centre has been told it will be closed in November. If you feel at all strongly about this, please sign the online petition at


08 Die!Die!Die! @ Buffallo Bar // Upper St, N11RU // 8.30+ // £5
20 Nathan Haines @ VibeBar // Brick Lane, E1 6QL // 6-12 // FREE
21 The Veils @ Scala // Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL // 7.30-11 // £10
29 The Datsuns @ The Garage // Highbury Corner, N5 1RD // 7-11 // £12.50

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