SPACIFIC NEWS #81: Contents

1. O2 Empire :: Shapeshifter
2. Vibe Live :: Avalanche City & Dane Rumble
3. Bush Hall :: Don McGlashan
4. Selected Highlights this Month

o2 EMPIRE :: SHAPESHIFTER :: 13/05/11

Heralded as a musical phenomenon, Shapeshifter’s unique blend of heavy soul and drum + bass is every bit as rugged and epic as the Kiwi landscape. Likened by one wag to Jonah Lomu on a D+B mission, their live show is second to none and guaranteed to knock you off your feet.

Having signed to UK label Hospital late last year, the boys have just released a selection of remixes of tracks from “The System is a Vampire” album, and are about to embark on recording their fifth studio album.

Joining them for this show is the first lady of NZ hip hop, Ladi6, with help from her right hand men, Parks and Julien Dyne.

Advance tickets are available for £17.50 + booking fee from (08700 600 100) – direct link is

For those that wish to make a night of it, The Goldhawk Pub around the corner at 122 Goldhawk Road have applied for a late license til 4am, and have Kiwi DJs playing til then.

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


Last January we held our first showcase event organized in collaboration with the New Zealand Music Commission. This May, to coincide with The Great Escape festival in Brighton, we are happy to present our second event, with the additional support of Let The People Speak management, two of who’s artists are playing.

Avalanche City is the brainchild of Dave Baxter, who having completed his first album, made it available for free download on the internet. He was expecting only a few hundred copies to be downloaded, but after more than 10,000 downloads he took it offline, and began to market it. His debut single “Love Love Love” debuted at number one on the New Zealand charts, despite little radio play and the album subsequently soared into the charts as well. You can check him out at www.

Also playing is Fast Crew alumni Dane Rumble, who has built on his early success with the hip hop crew with a number one solo album and several hit singles.

This event is free: to get on the guest list please email Please note that performances are likely to be early in the evening, possibly from 7.30, so come down early.

From: 7pm to 11pm
At: The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Nearest Tubes: Aldgate East or Liverpool St
Venue website:


London shows by Don McGlashan have become an annual treat as the former frontman of The Mutton Birds, Blam Blam Blam and The Front Lawn, armed only with his guitar, euphonium and harmonica, rollicks through his back catalogue as well as playing some of his newer (equally good) solo stuff, throwing in jokes and anecdotes along the way.

He is supported on this, his only European show this year, by the amazing Mostar Diving Club. Check them out at

Tickets are on sale from (08700 600 100) for £10 +b/f or it will be £15 on the door.

From: 7.30pm til 11pm
At: 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ
Nearest tube: Shepherd’s Bush Market
Venue website:


07 Connan Mockason @ Lexington // 96 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB // 8-4 // £8/10
08 Die!Die!Die! @ Old Blue Last // 38 Gt Eastern St, EC2A 3ES // 8-12 // FREE
20 The Naked&Famous @ o2 Empire // Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT // 7-11 // £14.50
26 Disasteradio @ 93 Feet East // 150 Brick Lane, E1 6QL // 7.30-11 // £5

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