SPACIFIC NEWS #105: Contents

1. Bedroom Bar :: Sola Rosa
2. Union Chapel :: Dave Dobbyn & Don McGlashan
3. Upcoming Highlights


Next week sees the return of one of New Zealand’s funkiest acts: Sola Rosa. Five albums in, and their sound just gets better and better, with the soundsystem show set to sizzle this autumn with a new line up and new tracks.

The musical brainchild of Andrew Spraggon, Sola Rosa takes on newcomer Sam Allen to play guitar and keys alongside Cherie Mathieson on vocals, creating a musical force like you’ve never heard before. Blending a sensational mix of hip hop, reggae, latin, jazz, funk and soul, Sola Rosa bring a new level of uniqueness to the ears of eager fans. For an idea, why not listen to or download this free mixtape on Soundcloud?

For this tour they’re planning to drop tracks never before played live as well as brand new tunes fresh out the studio door. DJing from 8pm will be Si the Knife (Rhombus), with Sola Rosa due onstage around 9.30pm.

If you fancy coming down earlier, next door to the Bedroom Bar, but part of the same building, is hip Korean joint, Jubo, who specialises in KFC … otherwise known as Korean Fried Chicken!

Advance tickets are £8 +b/f from Music Glue or Ticketweb or it will be £12 on the door.

From: 8pm
At: 68 Rivington St London, EC2A 3AY
Facebook link:
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street, Old Street or Liverpool Street
Venue website:


Tickets sales have been unsurprisingly off the hook for this show, with more than half sold already.

Which was to be expected, given the high regard for Dave and Don as both solo acts and as members of The Mutton Birds, Th’ Dudes, Blam Blam Blam and DD Smash. Between them they are the authors of scores of iconic hits including Anchor Me, Dominion Road, White Valiant (Don / The Mutton Birds) and Loyal, Slice of Heaven, Welcome Home (Dave). Together they form a pairing that will be even greater than the sum of its parts.

The New Zealand leg of this tour has been received incredibly well, with great reviews in the Dominion Post and on the 13th Floor blog.

Advance tickets are £18 +b/f from Music Glue, Gigantic, Stargreen or Ticketweb. Please note it is an all seated show.

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


29/10 I Am Giant // The Black Heart, NW1 0AP // 7-11.30 // £8
30/10 Willy Moon // Electric Ballroom, NW1 8QP // 7-11 // £11
07/11 Unknow Mortal Orchestra // Electric Ballroom, NW1 8QP // 7-11 // £13.50
08/11 State of Mind // Jamm, SW9 6LH // 10-4 // £8/10

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