Coming Events

Ol' King Cole NZ Tour

Dates: Wed 27 June

Ol’ King Cole brings you the hits of the great Nat ‘King’ Cole & his trio. Performing the sounds of many other great tunes & artists of his era & more! Ol’ King Cole are a Wellington based Jazz trio lead by Piano/Vocalist, Louis Thompson-Munn. The drum-less trio perform music inspired by the great Nat ‘King’ Cole and other artists of his era, specifically with a focus on Nat’s early trio which ran from 1943 – 1950.

Louis is joined by Thomas Botting on double bass joining the trio from Sydney, and Callum Allardice on guitar (The Jac). A brilliant, lively performance is always a guarantee with the spirit of the old house band alive, before TVs in bars and when people would dance the night away!

This tour Ol' King Cole are also releasing their debut album 'The Best Man' featuring the works of the great Nat King Cole Trio.

Tickets: $25 earlybirds from Aviary, $30 on the door

Hail to the Thieves

Dates: Sat 30 June

$20 on the door
Come and celebrate the music of one of the worlds most highly acclaimed alternative rock groups - Radiohead. Interpreted and performed by the magnificently passionate Hail to the Thieves.

Ready to give you the Bends, whilst seeing Rainbows as you watch your King of Limbs contort like a KId A on OK Computer. For all you Amnesiacs out there - this show will be as cool as a Moon Shaped Pool full of Pablo Honey........do not miss out.........

REVIEW:
Radiohead is one of the more complex, nuanced bands to have appeared in the past 20 years, with a catalogue of diverse, stunning albums that have garnered them a massive fanbase. I saw them almost 20 years ago in Wellington and their gig is still one of the most memorable ones I have been to. On Friday, at the Paisley stage, 'Hail to the Thieves', a Radiohead tribute band performed a selection of their songs from across the years and styles, from Pablo Honey to Moon Shaped Pool. Like anyone who knows Radiohead's music, the challenge to recreate 'that sound' must be daunting, to say the least. Well, I was blown away, as were the rest of the intimate audience, by this band's energetic, multi-layered performance. The accuracy and passion that they delivered number after number was amazing. They absolutely tore the roof off the joint with some absolute (in frontman Ben Throp's words) "bangers." 'There, There', 'Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,' 'Reckoner,' 'House of Cards' 'Optimistic' and, of course, Radiohead's magnum opus, 'Paranoid Android' all were fantastic, and the audience were most appreciative.
The band: Jakob stalwarts Jeff Boyle and Jason Johnston, and the multi-talented Ben Throp, Willie Devine and Bysshe Blackburn are all at the top of their game in this latest project.
If you get the chance, make sure you don't miss Hail to the Thieves when they perform next, you will not be disappointed!

Strangely Arousing

Dates: Sat 7 July

Stone Cold Records and Dome Cinema present 'Strangely Arousing'

In an era in which Fat Freddy’s Drop and Red Hot Chili Peppers are considered heritage artists and humans are no longer boxed by sexuality, one might describe Strangely Arousing as “trans-genre” And comfortably so.

Their reggae-based, jazz-influenced sound has led them to play for a wide range of audiences. From Raggamuffin to Rhythm and Vines, from sellout tours around New Zealand to gigging in the Middle East.

In celebration of New Zealand live music, Strangely Arousing are returning to one of the best music venues in New Zealand.

Get on down and get aroused…

Lloyd Spiegel

Dates: Wednesday 1 August 7pm

Presales $20 from eventfinda.co.nz or Aviary (cash only), $25 on the door

Australian bluesman Lloyd Spiegel brings his high energy solo show back to New Zealand in 2018. As part of his North Island tour he’ll be coming for the first time to Gisborne with a new show, new tales and 2 new albums.

Spiegel's incredible command of the guitar and powerful stage presence is a must see for blues and guitar fans alike and those who just love to be ‘entertained’.

"A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.”–(Rolling Stone)
Spiegel is ALL presence, authority, rhythm and drive. He epitomizes control, soul and
passion with white hot ferocity and blazing instrumental mastery, dangerous enough to
spark a destructive inferno (Terry Riley, The Age, Melbourne)

The 7 time Australian Blues Award winner is a trailblazer in his genre and one of his
country's most recognised guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine's
list of the 50 greatest Australian guitarists of all time.

His 2017 release, 'This Time Tomorrow' debuted on the ARIA independent chart at #4 and
held the #1 place on the Australian Blues Chart for 3 months. The CD picked up Australian
Blues Awards for artist and album of the year and Victorian Blues Awards for song, album
and solo artist of the year.

"A guitarist almost without peer, Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to
operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door" - Australian Guitar Player
Magazine.

Julia Deans - We Light Fire Album Tour

Dates: FRIDAY 10 AUGUST

Julia Deans is proud to announce a special nationwide tour in celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘We Light Fire’.

Inspired by world events, friends, and family, We Light Fire is an album that examines both what it means to be human, and our spectrum of strength and vulnerability.

This is a singer/songwriter at the height of their craft.
★★★★1/2 Sunday Star Times

Yep, she can sing, and when she soars it’s a spine-tingling thing because it’s all real. ★★★★Metro

Julia Deans boasts one of the best falsettos in New Zealand. Her razor-sharp voice is intoxicating from the moment it chimes in.
★★★★ NZ Herald

Following her recent support slots on Marlon Williams’ sold out nationwide tour, this will be the first time audiences around New Zealand will see Julia perform her own headline tour with a full band in over seven years.

But it will be a tour like no other.

The music industry worldwide has recently come into the spotlight over its long term issues regarding gender disparity. The disturbing figures show a lack of female representation in all areas of the industry, but especially in the live arena. The percentage of women artists and female fronted bands in festival line ups, or as support artists on tours, are minimal.

A light has been shone on the gender disparity conversation and it has inspired Julia to utilise her We Light Fire tour as a platform to create opportunities for females in New Zealand, and so all of the support artists on her tour will be locally appointed with a focus on female, female identifying gender non-binary fronted bands or solo artists.

The team behind the tour are also predominantly women – booking agent, promoter, publicist, and the majority of Julia’s band and touring crew.

Of the We Light Fire tour Julia says “Throughout my career I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”

Don McGlashan's Free Flight NZ Tour

Dates: Friday 21 September

TICKETS ARE ALREADY SELLING FAST - GET IN QUICK, IT WILL SELL OUT
$35 from eventfinda.co.nz or Aviary (cash only)

Don McGlashan’s songs of love, landscape and mystery have taken snapshots of
life in New Zealand for over three decades. By consistently challenging himself,
he’s achieved that rare combination: wide appeal, and the respect of fellow artists.
His effect on the Great New Zealand songbook is immeasurable.

Since The Mutton Birds period, Don has made three acclaimed solo albums -
Warm Hand (2006), Marvellous Year (2009), and Lucky Stars (2015). His 2006
gospel anthem “Bathe In The River” sung by Hollie Smith has become one of the
biggest NZ singles of all time.

Don has toured Australia, the US and Europe with Crowded House, both as an
opening act and as a band member. He was also involved in Neil Finn’s Seven Worlds Collide project, collaborating with The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, and members of Wilco and Radiohead, and he recently performed on Finn’s latest album Out Of Silence.

In 2012 he led the reformed Mutton Birds on a very special New Zealand tour, as
well as one show at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

His most successful record since his time with The Mutton Birds, Lucky Stars
(released 2015) charted in the top 5 of the NZ Album Chart and saw an
overwhelming number of rave reviews in both New Zealand and Australia.

★★★★★ - New Zealand Herald

★★★★ 1⁄2 stars - Sydney Morning Herald

“The detail in Don’s songs – his lyrics – framed by the strange angels resting on
his shoulders, cresting the wave of each song with him, help to shape and place
this music as moment, postcard, handwritten letter.” - Off The Tracks

“A masterclass in song craft... with an inner world all his own.” - Rolling Stone

POVERTY BAY BLUES NIGHT

Dates: First Tuesday of the month

The best in live music!

Come down on the first Tuesday of the month for the best selection of local music at the Poverty Bay Blues Night. Each month sees a new line-up of musicians giving us a taste of what they've got.

Doors open at 7pm, bands start 8pm. Just $5 on the door