SPACIFIC NEWS #72: Contents

1. The Vibe Bar :: An Emerald City
2. The Union Chapel :: Ururangi
3. Dingwalls :: Don McGlashan
4. Selected Highlights this Month


An Emerald City are a six piece band, originally from Auckland but now based in Berlin. Their blend of psychedelic rock with Eastern influences is critically acclaimed, so much so that renowned music journalist Graham Reid wrote this:

“For my money this band is the most interesting, musically ambitious and creative I have seen in this country in many years. They possess that rarity in New Zealand music, an aesthetic sensibility — and it manifests itself in instrumental music which exotic, evocative, rides intelligent dynamics and is endlessly evolving. The instrumentation is based around rock (guitars, keyboards, rhythm section) but into that they pull Persian lute, sitar, violin . . . It makes for an album that almost seems to grow in your hearing, to take on a life of its own. It is quasi-psychedelic, improvised world music at one level, but sounds like nothing else in New Zealand’s musical landscape.”

Perhaps the final seal of approval is that Flying Nun have signed their debut for European release this September! You can check them out yourself at or tickets are £5 +b/f from Ticketweb or £8 on the door.

From: 7pm
At: The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Nearest Tubes: Aldgate East or Liverpool St
Venue website:


Any of you who may have seen the London Maori club, Ngati Ranana, perform at one of our Waitangi Day events or at Toast Festival or elsewhere will hopefully be in agreement that they put on a very fine show indeed. So good in fact, that they have been invited to compete in an international Māori performing arts competition, Te Manahua, in Hawai’i this August where they will be performing against other groups from round the world.

To help them raise funds to pay for the travel to the competition, we are organizing this showcase of talents drawn from across the South Pacific region: log drums and dancing by Beats of Polynesia; the soulful sounds of LA Mitchell; spoken word from Sistar Spacific; art by George Nuku and the grand finale by Ngāti Rānana themselves.

Advance tickets are on sale now for £12.50 +b/f from Ticketweb (08444 771 000 or or door sales will be available for £20 on the day.

From: 4 – 7.30pm
At: Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
Venue website:


Just confirmed – more news soon. In the meantime, tickets are on sale for £10 +b/f at Ticketweb (08444 771 000).

At: Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, NW1 8AB
Nearest tubes: Camden Town or Chalk Farm

HMV FORUM :: THE BLACK SEEDS :: 08/08/2010

Just announced – an amazing double bill of The Seeds and Easy Star All Stars.

More next month, but tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am, and each ticket comes with a 4 track EP of tracks by the bands. They will be available from (0844 277 4321).

From 6.30pm til 11.30pm
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1JY
Nearest tube: Kentish Town
Venue website:


11 Connan Mockasin @ Bar & Grill // Hoxton Sq, N1 6NU // 8-12 // £8.50
19 A Quick Minute @ Dublin Castle // 94 Parkway, NW1 7AN // 7+ // £5
25 The Ruby Suns @ Bar & Grill // Hoxton Sq, N1 6NU // 8.30+ // £7

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