SPACIFIC NEWS #93: Contents

1. The Vandella :: Hollie Smith
2. Electric Brixton :: The Black Seeds
3. Electric Ballroom :: Shapeshifter
4. XOYO :: Tiki Taane
5. o2 Empire :: The Mutton Birds
6. Homelanz Ticket Competition
7. Selected Highlights this Month


Just confirmed this morning: a very rare acoustic outing by singer songwriter Hollie Smith at West London’s newest cabaret venue, The Vandella.

Tickets are £7.50 +b/f from (08444 771 000)

From: 7pm
Where: 15-19 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8QQ
Nearest tube: Goldhawk Road
Venue website:


Having sold out April’s gig at the Electric Ballroom, the Seeds are heading to south London for round two, playing in the venue that used to be known as The Fridge.

This will be their final London show for the year, and is part of their second run through Europe to promote their brand new record “Dust and Dirt”. Self recorded and produced in their own studio, situated in a condemned building in Wellington, the album sees The Black Seeds drawing on a wider range of musical influences, from Radiohead to Alton Ellis. The first release to come out on the band’s own label Proville Records, it follows their critically acclaimed LP’s ‘Into The Dojo’ (2007) and ‘Solid Ground’ (2008), and charted at No.1 back in NZ as well as topping reggae charts on iTunes and Amazon worldwide.

Support for the night will be local act Prince Fatty and the Horseman. More info on them at

Advance tickets are £14 +b/f from (0871 220 0260) or via

From: 6.30pm
Where: Town Hall Parade, London SW2 1RJ
Nearest tube: Brixton
Venue website:


Fresh from last year’s legendary festival appearances at Glastonbury and The Big Chill plus two sold out shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shapeshifter bring their explosive heavy soul to Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

Heralded as one of the most high-energy live acts around, Shapeshifter are renowned for their very own heavy soul: a stadium-sized sound which adds layers of drum & bass, jazz, funk, rock and electronica to solid bass culture foundations, capable of morphing from rolling drum & bass to pummelling guitar-driven jams to horizon-shifting electronic soundscapes. This genre-defying amalgamation of influences continues to draw from new source material and inspiration as Shapeshifter evolves, motivating dancefloors worldwide and delivering audiences to the bleeding edge of musical possibility.

Advance tickets are £17.50 +b/f from Ticketscript via

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

XOYO :: TIKI TAANE :: 30/08/12

We are super stoked to announce Tiki’s first solo show in the UK since 2006.

Originally known for his high-energy antics and performances as the frontman for Salmonella Dub, Tiki Taane has gone on to carve out a solid career for himself as a solo artist. His debut album “Past, Present, Future” featured the smash hit “Always on My Mind” and has now achieved double platinum sales. The follow up “In the World of Light” came out early last year, entering the charts at No.1.

Tiki will be performing his acoustic set, to be followed by a DJ + MC set with DJ Sambora from NZ Shapeshifter.

From: 7.30pm
Where: 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AP
Nearest tubes: Old Street
Venue website:


Possibly the last Mutton Birds concert …. ever!

Tickets are on sale via (08444 771 000) or from

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


Next weekend sees one of the biggest celebrations of Southern Hemisphere culture, entertainment, music and cuisine hit London. Held in Boston Manor Park, Homelanz features 13 bands over 2 stages, including headliners KORA from New Zealand, Prime Circle from South Africa and Alex Lloyd from Australia. Other acts include I Am Giant, Jayson Norris, Melic, Bowie Jane, Munkinpure, Dave Gander, Glenn Aitken, Anna Coddington, Rietta, J.T. Mills Xperience, plus a Silent Disco.

We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the first people to email us at and tell us which Kiwi act headlined Homelanz last year.

If you don’t win, we have negotiated a discount ticket price for you: go to, fill in the form and enter HL1 as the promo code to get a £25 ticket (instead of £35)


16 Kora // Boston Manor Park, TW8 9JX // 11-9.30 // £25/35
28 The Datsuns // Power’s Bar, Kilburn High Rd, NW6 2QN // 7-11 // £8

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