SPACIFIC NEWS #128: Contents

1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen :: Sola Rosa Soundsystem
2. o2 Forum Kentish Town :: Shapeshifter NZ
3. Bush Hall :: Modern Maori Quartet
4. Keep in touch with New Zealand music via Spotify etc
5. Upcoming Highlights


We’re very happy to announce the return of one of Kiwi music’s most evolutionary and enduring acts, Sola Rosa.

With seven full-length albums, four EPs, a handful of hits, countless collaborations and numerous world tours, it’s been a near 20-year labour of love for the man behind the music, Andrew Spraggon. And although it’s punctuated with twists and turns in the form of constant change and innovation, one thing has remained the same – Spraggon’s steadfast commitment to making great albums that seamlessly blend a myriad of genres, from hip-hop and jazz, to neo-soul, latin and funk.

Now, the Auckland-based music-maker is poised to unveil the next steps in the Sola Rosa journey. It has always been Spraggon’s modus operandi to delve further into new musical territories and that’s exactly what he’s still doing. Add to that, Spraggon’s simple desire to keep making music that he loves, and you’ve got a winning combo.

The fist single was the stonking beat-heavy track ‘So Fly’ featuring British singer Kevin Mark Trail, who rose to prominence in the early 2000s working with The Streets, and who is an intergral part of the Sola Rosa Soundsytem. The next was the soulful ‘Back to You‘ featuring Noah Slee on vocals and after that …. is yet to be announced!

Tickets are £8 + b/f from Music Glue

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


Over the last 18 years Shapeshifter have created their very own brand of 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 pummeling 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 dance floors worldwide and delivering audiences to the bleeding edge of musical possibility.

As at home in an amped club environment as they are playing to packed festival fields, Shapeshifter is a truly adaptable unit. The five-strong lineup of PDigsss, Sam Trevethick, Dan McGruer, Nick Robinson and Darren Mathiassen have individually called Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Kingscliff, Berlin, Queenstown and, first and foremost, their original Christchurch stomping ground home, yet a chemistry refined over 18 years of playing together means they lock back into formation whenever they regroup.

Tickets are £20 + b/f from Ticketweb, See Tickets, Gigantic or Stargreen.

From: 7pm
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, London NW5 1JY
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town
Venue website:


Just confirmed – The Modern Maori Quartet will be playing their only London show this year at Bush Hall this August. More info very soon.

Tickets are £18 + b/f from Music Glue, Ticketweb or See Tickets.

From: 7.30pm
At: 310 Uxbridge Road, LondonW12 7LJ
Nearest Tube: Shepherds Bush Market
Venue website:


If you’d like to keep in touch with what’s happening back in New Zealand music wise, Amplifier have relaunched as a playlist forcused program.

Amplifier Buzz is the place to find the brightest emerging local & international artists creating a stir in the industry. This unique playlist will be updated every two weeks and can be found at

The Audience Hot is the home of bubbling Kiwi talent, whether new to the scene or already established. Covering a wide range of genres, this playlist will be updated every week and can be found at

NZ on Air also operate a similar playlist which can be found at


17/05 Kane Strang // Lexington, N1 9JB // 7.30-11 // £6.50
22/05 Aldous Harding // Omeara, SE1 1TE // 7-11 // £11
03/06 Fat Freddy’s Drop // Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY // 6.30-11 // £38.50
12/06 Lawrence Arabia // The Islington,N1 0XT //7.30-11 // £8
17/06 The Bats // The Dome, NW5 1HL // 7.30-11 // £16
03/10 The Naked and Famous // Electric Brixton, SW2 1RJ // 7-11 // £21

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