SPACIFIC NEWS #139: Contents

1. Servant Jazz Quarters :: Soaked Oats :: 13/05/19
2. Electric Ballroom :: The Black Seeds :: 15/08/19
3. o2 Forum :: Shapeshifter :: 18/10/19
4. Sweet Sounds Live
5. Keep in touch with New Zealand music via Spotify
6. Upcoming Highlights


For our first show of the year, we’re proud to present the debut London appearance by Soaked Oats.

A young four-piece band hailing from Dunedin, Soaked Oats have been described as “a southern stew of Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco with a good shake of Kevin Morby”. In their short existence, they’ve played over 60 good-time live shows in NZ, released three EP’s and come to notoriety for writing songs about stoned fruit (‘Avocado Aficionado’, ‘I’m a Peach’). Check out the awesome video they made for their song ‘Houdini’ –

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

From: 7.30pm
At: 10A Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN
Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction
Venue website:


They’re back ….. One of New Zealand’s most-loved live acts, The Black Seeds, have spent the last two decades taking the world by storm. Back home, they are revered stalwarts of the touring and festival circuit, while abroad they’ve remained at the forefront of New Zealand’s internationally renowned roots movement, alongside the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Katchafire.

Described by Clash Magazine as “one of the best live reggae acts on the planet” the band’s eight-piece live show infuses raw energy and good vibes wherever they go. With countless sold out tours behind them and performances at many of the world’s leading festivals, The Black Seeds live set delivers a soul party on time, every time.

With a stash of albums and hits to their name, including “Dust and Dirt’, “So True’, “Cool Me Down’, and “One-By-One’, which became an international hit when it featured in an episode of the award-winning TV series “Breaking Bad’, The Black Seeds have clocked up multi-platinum sales and streams. While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band in 1998, The Black Seed’s sound casts a wide net, laying funk, soul, Afrobeat and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundation.

Having released their sixth studio album FABRIC in 2017 to critical acclaim, the band will return to Europe this summer for the first time in 5 years on the back of a new single.

Early Bird tickets are available for £14.50 + b/f from Music Glue

General Admission tickets are available for £18 +b/f from See Tickets or Ticketweb

From: 7pm
At: 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
Nearest Tube: Camden Town
Venue website:

O2 FORUM :: SHAPESHIFTER :: 18/10/19

After selling out shows across New Zealand and Australia this summer, Shapeshifter NZ return to London for one special night.

Showcasing new tunes from their forthcoming LP alongside bonafide classics, this is your one chance to catch the stadium electronic wonderkids before they head back into the studio. With new collaborations recorded with the Upbeats in 2019, their own new material and another LP with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra on the way, Shapeshifter NZ remain one of the most diverse acts in dance music.

A unique combination of future soul, drum and bass, jazz, rock, dub and more, with euphoric synths and heavy guitars amidst pounding drums and soaring vocals – this is Shapeshifter NZ.

Early Bird tickets are available for £19 + b/f from Music Glue

General Admission tickets are available for £21.50 + b/f from and See Tickets

From: 8pm
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town
Venue website:


If you’re keen to stay on top of new music and overseas tour news coming out of NZ, sign up tothe Sweet Sounds Live newsletter at You’ll be first to hear about everything NZ music-related, including new releases, international tours and other interesting Kiwi music info.

They’re also curating a Spotify playlist which features new Kiwireleases that are getting supported and hyped both in NZ and internationally:New (Zealand) Releases 2019.

Three other 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


26/03 Kimbra // Heaven,WC2N 6NG // 7-11 // £14
27/03 Tiny Ruins // Bush Hall, W12 7LJ // 7.30-11 // £12
03/05 Mermaidens // Shacklewell Arms,E8 2EB // 7-11 // FREE
22/05 Johnathan Bree // Moth Club, E8 1EL // 7.30-11 // £9

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