SPACIFIC NEWS #88: Contents

1. Union Chapel :: The Topp Twins
2. Electric Ballroom :: The Black Seeds
3. The Garage :: Six60
4. Selected Highlights this Month


Fun, disarming and musically provocative, the Topp Twins are New Zealand’s finest lesbian country and western singers and the country’s greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

In the late 1990’s, the Topp’s created their own TV series, which ran for three seasons and showcased their popular cast of Kiwi characters, including Camp Mother, the Bowling Ladies and cross-dressing Ken and Ken. The series won the twins several awards at the NZ Film and TV Awards and has screened on ABC and Foxtel in Australia.

In 2008 the twins, who are out-and-proud lesbians, were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. Most recently their feature documentary film “The Topp Twins, Untouchable Girls” won Best Feature Film at the NZ Film & TV Awards (2009), as well as the Audience Award at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. It has since gone on to screen at more than 25 film festivals worldwide, winning a clutch of awards. The film has the honour of being the highest grossing documentary ever released in New Zealand.

The Topp Twins re-invent themselves on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease. Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons they delivery original songs, audience participation, comedy and burlesque innuendo in a fast-paced hilarious entertainment experience.

Advance tickets are £20 +b/f from Music Glue –

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


The mighty Black Seeds make an incredibly welcome return to the UK next year after nearly a 2 year gap. They have spent a lot of that time holed up in their Wellington studio, meaning that 2012 will see the release of their much anticipated fifth studio album.

To celebrate the new release and Christmas, the boys have very kindly put up a free download package on their website: just go to to collect 8 tracks.

Advance tickets for this show are on sale for £14.50 +b/f from

From: 7pm
Where: 184 Camden High Street, London, NW1 8QP
Nearest tubes: Camden Town
Venue website:

THE GARAGE :: SIX60 :: 10/05/12

Making their London debut next May are quite possibly the hottest band in NZ right now: Six60 were the most successful local act in the 2011 Music Charts, with the biggest selling local album, the eponymous ‘Six60’, which topped the charts for two weeks and spawned three Top 10 singles, of which ‘Don’t Forget Your Roots’ was the top selling NZ artist single of the year.

Come see what all the fuss about: advance tickets are £12 +b/f from (08444 771 000)

From: 7pm
Where: 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD.
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington
Venue website:

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