SPACIFIC NEWS #87: Contents

1. O2 Empire :: Dave Dobbyn + Dukes
2. Union Chapel :: The Topp Twins
3. Selected Highlights this Month

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

Joining Dave for his only European show of 2011 will be the very up and coming Dukes.

Formed by Christchurch brothers Matt and Jo Barus, Dukes have gone from winning MTV’s Kickstart competition to supporting Gomez, INXS, Blondie and Pretenders on their NZ dates. Their top 10 single ‘Vampires’ spent 18 months in the NZ airplay charts, winning ‘Video of the Year’ from Juice TV and ‘Breakthrough Artist’ from Myspace, while their second album ‘Still Life’ picked up Best Independent Rock album in Oz/NZ on iTunes for 2010.

You can check them out at

As for Dave, well, 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 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:


Just confirmed: NZ’s original comedy folk duo will be playing their first shows in London for years. Advance tickets are on sale now for £20 +b/f from Ticketweb (08444 771 000 or

From: 7pm
At: Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
Venue website:


10 The Naked&Famous @ Roundhouse // Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH // 7-11 // £16.50
11 Mark de Clive-Lowe @ CLF // 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST // 9-2 // £5/7
15 Ladyhawke @ 100 Club // 100 Oxford St, W1D 1LL // 7-11 // TBC
25 I Am Giant @ Barfly // 49 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN // 7.30+ // £6

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