SPACIFIC NEWS #94: Contents

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


One of the finest singer songwriters in NZ, possessing a voice of great range and depth, Hollie Smith burst onto the NZ music scene back in 2006, courtesy of her contribution to the film No.2, “Bathe in The River’. The song topped the NZ charts and has became one of the biggest selling and most iconic singles in NZ history.

Before then she had worked with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose, and she showed her diversity on her debut album ‘Long Player’, which went straight to number 1 on the charts as well as winning her several NZ music awards. Her follow up album ‘Humour and the Misfortune of Others’ also hit number 1, receiving rave review, numerous award nominations and sell out tours.

Hollie has just released her third album, which shows another side to her style, being written and performed with MaraTK from Electric Wire Hustle. ‘Band Of Brothers’ is the first volume in what she hopes to be a series of collaborative projects which “experiment with sound, style & process.”

Supporting her on the night is local legend Jayson Norris.

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

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.

Advance tickets are £14 +b/f via (08444 771 000) or via

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

THE GARAGE :: I AM GIANT :: 13/09/12

Just confirmed, a release party for the first European single by this London-based quartet, comprised of English vocalist Ed Martin, sticks-man Shelton Woolright (formerly of multi-platinum selling band Blindspott), bassist Paul Matthews (Tadpole) and guitar-slinger Andrew Kerr.

Advance tickets are £8 +b/f via (08444 771 000)

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


16 The Veils // Old Blue Last, EC2A 3ES // 7+// £5
19 Connan Mockasin // Somerset House, WC2R 1LA // 7-11 // £25

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