SPACIFIC NEWS #120: Contents

1. The Hoxton Bar & Kitchen :: Sola Rosa Soundsystem
2. Sebright Arms :: Shocking Pinks
3. The Garage :: Dave Dobbyn
4. Upcoming Highlights


From his humble beginnings experimenting with a 4-track recorder at the tender age of 19, Sola Rosa frontman Andrew Spraggon has gone on to cultivate over 15 years of rich, well-crafted melodic beats. Weaving and infusing a rotating mix of hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, neo-soul and funk, before topping it with an icing of assorted and diverse vocalists, Sola Rosa have released six critically acclaimed long players to date. The most recent being 2014’s Magnetics, a soulful dreamscape of sound featuring an eclectic assortment of fresh vocalists from across the globe and the winner of ‘Best Soul & R&B’ award in the heralded iTunes ‘Best of 2014’.

As Magnetics continues to receive critical acclaim in New Zealand, Sola Rosa now look across the seas towards an extensive Sound System tour of the UK and Europe this August to consolidate their growing popularity in these territories, helped by support from the likes of Huey Morgan (Radio 6), Jeremy Sole (KCRW, USA), DJ Ease (Nightmares on Wax) and Funkhaus Europa.

The Soundsystem show features The Streets co-vocalist Kevin Mark Trail and support on the night comes from the awesome Lyric L.

Advance tickets are £8 + b/f from Ticketweb (08444 77 1000)

From: 8pm
At: 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
Nearest Tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street
Venue website:
Facebook event page:


An emotionally vulnerable highlight reel of scruffy Jesus and Mary Chain dream-pop, ecstatic My Bloody Valentine haze, droning C-86 confessionals, and bedroom New Order bass lines…His heartache, our pleasure.” (Pitchfork)

In early 2004, Christchurch, New Zealand’s Nick Harte releases “Dance the Dance Electric”, his first album as Shocking Pinks on a small part-time record label Pinacolada Records. Buzz about the record makes its way to the offices of Pitchfork in America, who issue a glowing review, still to this day one of their highest album reviews of any New Zealand artist ever. Describing the record as “cavorting from unabashed disco revivalism to scuzzed-out new-wave to reggae-tinged psychedelia in a mottled kaleidoscope of brazen idealism.”, the review gushed about the album, though one line would make a profound difference in Nick Hartes life.

At the end of the first paragraph, Pitchfork issue a bold statement stating that the album “far outshines most of the bilge spawned from James Murphy’s Chernobyl-like fallout.” In reference to the extremely popular, at the time, New York label DFA Records. Well, word of this spread to DFA and they, as you would expect, took a listen to the record, and eventually signed him to their roster and released his later material worldwide, gaining him significant profile in the process.

Ten years later, the cult “Dance the Dance Electric” will finally be available physically again, as well as digitally for the very first time, as it gets the full reissue treatment.

Support on the night comes from Popstrangers and Gussie Larkin

Tickets are £8 +b/f from Music Glue or Ticketweb

From: 8pm
At: 31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG
Nearest Tube: Cambridge Heath or Bethal Green
Venue website:
Facebook event:


Dave Dobbyn says that since day one, he has had a tune in his head. He’d be twiddling the dial on the radiogram, “travelling the world in music”.

In over 30 years as a recording artist, he has written the soundtrack to Kiwi lives, with a string of hits including ‘Beside You’, ‘Be Mine Tonight’ ‘Language’, ‘Outlook for Thursday’, ‘Loyal’, ‘Whaling’, ‘Kingdom Come’, ‘It Dawned On Me’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Devil You Know’, ‘Slice of Heaven’, ‘Magic What She Do’, ‘Oughta Be in Love’, ‘Welcome Home’.…

He has just finished his latest album, produced by The Phoenix Foundation and due for release this coming Spring.

Tickets are £15 +b/f from Ticketweb

From: 7pm
At: 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
Venue website:


07/08 Katchafire // Indigo2, SE10 0DX // 7-11 // £23.20-53.50
21/09 Neil & Liam Finn // Bloomsbury Theatre, WC1H 0AH // 7.30-11 // £32.50
23/09 Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Shepherds Bush Empire, W12 8TT // 7-11 // £17.50
19/10 Marlon Williams // The Lexington, N1 9JB // 7-11 // £8
22/10 I Am Giant // Borderline, W1D 4JB // 7-11 // £8

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