SPACIFIC NEWS #86: Contents

1. Vibe Live :: Sola Rosa Soundsystem
2. O2 Empire :: Dave Dobbyn
3. Selected Highlights this Month


Since 1999, Sola Rosa’s Andrew Spraggon has been tantalising listeners with otherworldly aural experiences, honing his craft and taking Sola Rosa from a self-released one man project to a fully-fledged live powerhouse. He’s kept good company on the road and in the studio, with the Sola Rosa band counting members of Dimmer, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Goldenhorse, Pluto and Sommerset amongst the ranks over the years, not to mention tapping the talents of internationally renowned artists like Nathan Haines and Spikey Tee along the way.

His albums have gone from strength to strength, with the last release, “Get it Together” chalking up the number one spot on both iTunes NZ and the Independent NZ Music Album Chart (where it stayed for four months), and reaching number 15 on the NZ Album Chart – all on the way to achieving Gold status.

The album finally sees an international release this month through Germany’s Melting Pot Music and to celebrate Sola Rosa are making their first tour of Europe. Unfortunately economics prohibited bringing the whole band this time, but Andrew has crafted a special soundsystem set and drafted in not just veteran MC Spikey Tee (Jah Wobble, Mr Scruff, Bomb The Bass) but also the amazingly talented Lisa Tomlins (Fat Freddy’s Drop, Trinity Roots, Ebb).

Support on the night comes from dubmeister International Observer.

Tickets are on sale from (08700 600 100) for £9 +b/f or it will be £12 on the door.

From: 7.30pm til 11.30pm
At: Liverpool St, Aldgate East or Shoreditch High St
Nearest tube: The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Venue website:

O2 EMPIRE :: DAVE DOBBYN :: 26/11/11

Dave makes a very welcome return to London next month for his first indoor show in London since 2008, when he managed to sell out 3 shows in venues across the city.

There isn’t much that we can be write about him that you probably don’t know already: living legend, national icon, singer songwriter par example, all round good bloke! His live shows are renowned not just for the songs, but for the in between banter – jokes, tales of misdemeanors past and other musings on life, the universe and everything else.

You are equally likely to know some of his songs, what with 7 of his compositions being voted into the top 50 favourite Kiwi songs of all time in a recent poll by Telecom: “Loyal”, “Slice of Heaven”, “Bliss”, “Welcome Home”, “Be Mine Tonight”, “Whaling” and “Outlook for Thursday”. Doubtless those seven will all get rolled out on the night, as well as countless others.

Tickets are on sale from (08700 600 100) for £15 +b/f.

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


05 Brooke Fraser @ o2 Empire // Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT // 7-11 // £18.50
08 Lloyd @ HERD // Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL // 8-1 // £4
21 Melic @ Borderline // Orange Yard, W1D 4JB // 7-11 // £8/10

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