SPACIFIC NEWS #168: Contents

1. The Waiting Room :: Delaney Davidson
2. Pacific Taven :: SUBSET
3. Islington Assembly Hall :: Avantdale Bowling Club
4. Upcoming Concerts by New Zealand artists in London


Next month sees our first show of the year, by the wandering minstrel Delaney Davidson.

Delaney synthesizes the songs of Hank Williams and the Birthday Party, and the performance styles of distilled Johnny Cash and dead-pan Buster Keaton, into his own persona. His seminal influence and work with Marlon Williams on their “Sad But True” series, as well as his visionary production work for Tami Neilson, have earned him great praise from the media and huge respect amongst his peers.

Generally dealing with the darker side of things, Davidson’s lyrical content ranges from classic murder ballads to songs with a deeper insight into the human condition and a sympathy and acceptance of the quirks of life and human foibles. Combining the older style of beerhall musician and the traditions of pantomime and audience involvement his live show is renowned for its sublime dance competitions and bawdy sing-alongs.

His new album Out Of My Head is available via

Support on the night comes from the amazing Michael J Sheehy

TIckets are £12 + b/f from DICE or SEE Tickets

From: 7pm
At: 175 Stoke Newington High St, N16 0PE
Nearest Tube: Stoke Newington
Venue website:
Facebook event:


We’re delighted to be hosting the first ever London show by SUBSET at the Kiwi-owned and operated Pacific Tavern in Surrey Quays.

Born in Rotorua and now residing in Brisbane, the deep reverbs and modulating filtering delays of minimal dub techno and dubtronica is where SUBSET calls home. Over the years he’s released on a plethora of labels, including Dubmission, Primary Colours, Drift Deeper, Tehnofonika and Waehlscheibe, and plays regularly in Meanjin and at festivals like Earth Beat.

You can check out previous live shows on his Soundcloud at or why not just come on down as It’s FREE entry from 6pm

From: 7pm
At: 100 Redriff Road, SE16 7LH
Nearest Tube: Surrey Quays
Venue website:


Following on from last year’s three sold out shows, Avantdale Bowling Club return this November.

Helmed by Tom Scott, one of the most compelling figures to emerge from the New Zealand music scene over the last seventeen years, over the course of two albums, Avantdale Bowling Club present a vivid intermingling of jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronica. Written from a working class perspective at the bottom of the globe, Scott’s lyrics explore the day-to-day realities of life lived on the margins of society.

Sad and celebratory in equal measure, Avantdale Bowling Club has been lauded by NPR, Refuge Worldwide and Radio New Zealand. The debut release won the coveted Album of the Year and best Hip-Hop artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards followed by Independent Music NZ’s Taite Music Prize for best album release. At the end of 2022 the follow-up "Trees" debuted at number 1 on the NZ album charts.

Raised on jazz, soul, funk and rap, Scott has honed his skills as a rapper, songwriter and bandleader through membership in several cult groups (@Peace, Average Rap Band). He first emerged in 2007 with Home Brew, a band that has recently returned to the touring circuit and the top of the NZ charts with an unexpected second album, "Run It Back". Scott’s other projects, and his burgeoning Years Gone By label, ensure that he continues to influence and push boundaries across genres.

Tickets are £20 + b/f + £1.20 restoration levy from See Tickets or Dice.

From: 7pm
At: Upper Street, N1 2UD
Nearest Tube: Highbury and Islington
Venue website:
Facebook event:

(details correct at time of sending)

11/06 LEISURE // Electric Brixton, SW2 1RJ // 7-11 // £17
12/06 10:32 // Pizza Express, WC1V 6LF // 7-11 // £16
13/06 Crowded House // O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, W12 8TT // 7-11 // £55
14/06 Myele Manzana // Ronnie Scott’s, W1D 4HT // 7-11 // £30
18/06 Alien Weaponry // O2 Academy Islington, N1 0PS // 7-11 // £22.50
21/06 Desperate Measures // New Cross Inn, SE14 6AS // 6-11 // £12
27/06 Liam Finn // Omeara, SE1 1TE // 7-11 // £25
28/06 Earth Tongue // Roundhouse, NW1 // 7-11 // £25

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