SPACIFIC NEWS #134: Contents

1. Bush Hall :: Modern Maori Quartet
2. The Black Heart :: I Am Giant
3. Sebright Arms :: Blair Jollands + Delaney Davidson
4. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen :: Sola Rosa Soundsystem
5. Keep in touch with New Zealand music via Spotify
6. Upcoming Highlights


We’re delighted that the marvellous Modern Maori Quartet will be back in London this summer, en route to another residency at Edinburgh Festival. Their show last year was an absolute delight, and so that all the family can take part, this time round they’ll be playing a matinee show, with doors at 3pm and a stage time of 4pm.

A good looking, suave contemporary Māori showband in the vein of forebears such as the Hi-Marks and Māori Volcanics, MMQ’s accomplished artists hail from different corners of Aotearoa to bring the concept of a “Māori Ratpack” into the present, weaving acting and musical abilities together to croon their spin on modern and classic numbers.

Their live shows are parties like no other, with a mix of off-beat comedy, stage routines, unique takes on showband hits as well as pop music, and displays of distinctively Māori song and dance. With hearty voices in epic harmony, they share Māori traditions, aroha and tell Kiwi stories through waiata with tongue-in-cheek Māori humour, charm and charisma.

At the core of it all, MMQ are a classy celebration of the entertainment legends of Māoridom; hearty Māori entertainment that will warm your heart and make you cry with laughter.

Tickets for adults are £18 + b/f or for under 18s are £5 + b/f from Music Glue, Ticketweb or See Tickets.

From: 3pm

At: 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ
Nearest Tube: Shepherds Bush Market Venue
Facebook event:


Over the last decade, I Am Giant have dominated mainstream rock radio in New Zealand and wowed some of the biggest festival audiences around the world with their melodic alternative rock anthems. And although they’ve had a phenomenal impact on their home country, I Am Giant’s journey is one that has played out on a global scale, with all the sweat, guitar fuzz, and onstage mayhem you could hope for in a rock and roll story.

Since releasing their first EP ‘City Limits / Neon Sunrise’ in 2010, I Am Giant have taken their music through Australia, Asia, the UK, and Europe. They have headlined festivals in Poland alongside the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Limp Bizkit, rocked the Viper Room in Los Angeles, and shared stages in Singapore with the Stone Temple Pilots and Slash. That’s all without mentioning Australia, where they’ve toured extensively and rocked the Big Day Out in Sydney twice. There’s also their epic nights in Vietnam and Bali, and the love shown to them by the likes of Zane Lowe and Kerrang! magazine in the UK.

With their third album Life in Captivity just released , the band are pleased to announce their Europe album release tour along with their new single ‘Don’t Look Back’.

Tickets are £10 + b/f from Music Glue, Ticketweb or See Tickets

From: 7pm
At: 2-3 Greenland Place, London, NW1 0AP
Nearest Tube: Camden Town
Venue website:
Facebook event:


Following his sold out show last week at Servant Jazz Quarters, Delaney Davidson has decided to come back in September and team up with Blair Jollands for a double bill of alternative Americana.

Having won the admiration of both David Bowie & Boy George (who released Blair’s band El Hula on his More Protein label), Blair Jollands’s music communicates a paradoxical mix of melancholia and optimism that draws the listener in. Often compared vocally to Nick Cave or Rufus Wainwright, Blair has received praise from the likes of NME, Guardian, Uncut, ArtRocker and more. Also known for his film and TV compositions (recent successes include Shackleton, Fortitude & Pride), Blair released “7 Blood“, the debut single from his forthcoming album of the same name, this week

Part man, part wheel, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part traveling salesman. One hand holds a small brown suitcase; the other his guitar. He’s just finished touring Europe with Marlon Williams, and released a brand new album, “Shining Day” on Glass Records Redux.

Tickets are £10 + b/f from Music Glue, Ticketweb or See Tickets

From: 7.30pm
At: 31-35 Coate St, London, E2 9AG
Nearest Tube: Cambridge Heath or Bethnal Green
Venue website: event:


Sola Rosa‘s latest EP, ‘In Spaces’ is currently nudging the top 30 in NZ, with lead single ‘Leave A Light On‘, featuring Kevin Mark Trailn and L.A. Mitchell, getting some serious love from local radio. This will be Sola Rosa’s only Northern Hemisphere show in 2018.

Limited early bird tickets are £8 + b/f from Music Glue, otherwise they’re £10 + b/f from See Tickets or Ticketweb

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


Three New Zealand focused playlists on Spotify are:
Amplifier Buzz is the place to find the brightest emerging local artists creating a stir in the industry and can be found at
Audience Hot is the home of bubbling Kiwi talent, whether new to the scene or already established, and can be found at
NZ on Air posts up their latest submissions to local radio at


12/06 Louis Baker // The Islington, N1 0XT // 7-11 // £10
16/07 The Naked & Famous // Union Chapel, N1 2UN // 7-11 // £22
19/07 Fazerdaze // Lexington, N1 9JB // 7.30-11 // £9
29/08 Tiny Ruins // Lexington, N1 9JB // 7.30-11 // £12
04/09 Tami Nielson // Bush Hall, W12 7LJ // 7.30-11 // £12
21/11 Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP // 6.45-10.30 // £22.50

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