SPACIFIC NEWS #159: Contents

1. The Lexington :: Reb Fountain + Proteins of Magic
2. Ninety One Living Room :: Avantdale Bowling Club
3. Colours :: Pitch Black
4. O2 Forum Kentish Town :: L.A.B
5. Servant Jazz Quarters :: Arjuna Oakes
6. Upcoming Highlights


We’re delighted to welcome back “New Zealand’s next alt-folk sensation” (according to MOJO), reb fountain, for a headline show at The Lexington on Sunday May 14th. Anybody who has seen her band in full flight knows the power of Reb Fountain live – the last London show was a tour-de-force that perfectly showcased the noir folk-punk sound featured on her critically acclaimed Flying Nun releases Reb Fountain and IRIS.

Reb has just released a brand new single, her first new music since 2021 – check the video for Faithless Lover at

We’re equally delighted that she will be supported on the night by the amazing Proteins Of Magic, who blur the boundaries between innovative alt-pop and contemporary art music, bringing into existence a world that is uniquely their own.

Tickets are £15.50 + b/f from See or Music Glue

From: 7pm
At: 96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB
Nearest Tube: Angel or Kings Cross
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We’re sorry and happy to report that both of Avantdale Bowling Club’s London shows have sold out already – sorry because we never even got the chance to inform you, and happy for Tom and the crew that there is so much love for them in the UK. We’re working hard to secure other shows for him in the future, and hope to be able to tell you before they sell out!

From: 7pm
At: 91 Brick Ln, E1 6QL
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Venue website:

COLOURS :: PITCH BLACK :: 13/07/23

Dub-drenched duo Pitch Black are returning this July to rattle your ribcages and entertain both your eyes and your ears with their cutting edge audio-visual show. Since they were last in the UK, they’ve released their first three albums on vinyl for the first time and unleashed their version of the Bob Marley classic Exodus.

Support on the night will be London trio Polyop.

General Admission tickets are £15 + b/f from Music Glue or SEE Tickets

From: 7pm
At: 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Venue website:
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O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN :: L.A.B :: 12/10/23

In celebration of their upcoming sixth album, October 2023 will see L.A.B embark on their first show in the UK, headlining the O2 Forum Kentish Town.

After winning Best Group, Best Song & Best Album two years in a row at the New Zealand Music Awards, taking out Best Record at the 2022 Rolling Stone Awards and being voted New Zealand’s Best Live Act by Radio New Zealand, L.A.B are on fire!

L.A.B’s groove blends an eclectic mix of reggae, blues, funk, rock and electronic – all combining to create a sound entirely their own. Formed by Brad Kora, L.A.B comprises his brother Stu Kora, Ara Adams-Tamatea, Miharo Gregory & frontman Joel Shadbolt. Featuring former members of two of New Zealand’s premier acts Kora & Katchafire, L.A.B have staked their claim as the best live act on the stages of New Zealand & Australia.

After releasing five albums in five years, the band have cemented themselves on the NZ charts, with “In The Air‘ and “Why Oh Why‘ both reaching Number One.

General Admission tickets are £31.95 + b/f from

From: 7pm
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town
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We’re thrilled to present the debut London performance by accomplished singer/songwriter, pianist, composer and producer Arjuna Oakes this November.

Following the release of his debut EP in 2019, Arjuna has released another five projects all to widespread acclaim. The First Nights and Final Days EPs were a collaboration with longtime friend and co-producer Serebii, released by LA-based record label Innovative Leisure (BADBADNOTGOOD, Allah-Las). First Nights debuted at #5 on KCRW’s top 30 Albums chart and has had extensive play on BBC6 and BBC1xtra.

Arjuna’s latest EP Future Lullaby was created with mentor and renowned Greek/Kiwi composer John Psathas. The pair are set to perform pieces from the EP with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in June this year.

Aside from releasing recorded projects, Arjuna has also scored a theatre show, composed for a string quintet and performed extensively around the New Zealand touring and festival circuit. Arjuna has opened for some incredible artists including Jordan Rakei, Moonchild and Allen Stone.

TIckets are £10 + b/f from Music Glue or SEE Tickets

From: 7pm
At: 10A Bradbury Street, N16 8JN
Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction
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UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS (details correct at time of sending)

04/05 Blair Jollands // Hope & Anchor, N1 1RL // 7.30-11 // £8
10/05 October and the Eyes // The Lower Third, WC2H 8NJ // 7-11 // FREE
25/05 The Beths // Electric Brixton,SW2 1RJ // 7-11 // £17
26/05 Jordan Rakei // Peckham Rye Park, SE15 3UA // 2-11 // £50
01/06 Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Troxy, E1 0HX // 7-11 // £28.50
09/06 The Veils // Lafayette, N1C 4PW // 7-11 // £17.50
16/06 The Chills // Earth, N16 8BH // 6-11 // £25

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