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Santos Cafe Ponsonby has always been a great champion of local artists, and their art wall has been part of the vibe since 1996. Many young aspiring artists have become a household name since they first exhibited on Santos’art wall. The Santos art wall now has an official name – Arte Na Favela.

Exhibiting in April is artist EMMALINE BAILEY.

Emmaline Bailey is a self taught artist based in central Auckland. Her beautiful combinations of the traditionally pretty and the macabre make for an irresistible mix of skulls, animals and native symbolism. She has shown work around Auckland in local cafes for the past few years and along with art, Emmaline creates lovely paper goods and crystal jewellery under her brand, Baileys Alchemy. You can find her at :


Red Bull Sound Select Block Party
Saturday June 21
Nathan Club, Roukai Lane, Orleans (Britomart Precinct, Auckland)

The Red Bull Sound Select Block Party will host performances from 11 local artists, and three international headliners. Taking over 3 venues simultaneously with a capacity of just 700 people, fans must grab their free tickets online at and be first through the doors for their exclusive free entry. 

Flatbush Zombies Official (Brooklyn NYC)
Juice, Meech and Erick Arc Elliott are a group of guys that don’t seem to take themselves too seriously. Dig around a bit, though, and it’s clear that these pot-fanatic 40-ounce-loving undead rappers are part of a breed of New York City MCs going deeper.

Panama Music marries the timeless power of a good song with an eye to the future, Panama are winning hearts around the globe with their trademark anthemic electronic music. Panama is signed to Future Classic, along with reputable artists such as Flume, Jagwar Ma, Chet Faker, and Flight Facilities. 

Azizi Gibson was raised as a perpetually mobile military brat, Azizi Gibson has no real hometown. As a result, it seems he is not bound by any particular regional sound or set of aesthetic criteria. Z never feels out of place when he’s rhyming, he is a hybrid. Signed to Flying Lotus’ independent label, Brainfeeder, Azizi will fly to New Zealand to headline the Red Bull Sound Select Block Party, as well as collaborate with local beat maker Kåm∆nd¡ in the Red Bull Studios Auckland.

Local lineup: 
HIGH HØØPS | Third3ye | Kamandi | Spycc | Team Dynamite | Mzwètwo | Beat Mob
The Means | Kakapo | Pxlx | Buska Dimes

All artists curated by: The Departure Club | HIT+RUN | Young Gifted And Broke | Madcap Touring

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Doors: 10:00pm. R18.
Join the Conversation:
FACEBOOK EVENT | TWITTER: @RBSoundSelect #soundselect #breakmusic



Splore shares the love and becomes an annual event

It’s the most repetitive request at the end of every Splore Festival event and now Splore is in a position to grant the audience’s wish of becoming an annual event.

Splore will be returning for 2015. Scheduled for February 20-22 this will be the first time the full three day festival has ventured to an annual frequency. Tickets will go on sale through on 2 June 2014.

Festival director, John Minty, says “Our research shows us that 83% of our audience want to come every year and from an operational point of view, it is much easier to keep the festival ticking over annually – it’s a win all around for everyone”.

The festival content will continue its long tradition of remaining fresh, inspirational and eclectic  over five stages with an array of genres including performance, art and music. This year Splore expanded the zone in the camping area that is situated within the Red Bull Art of Camping zone, which was a huge success.

“Anything from yoga, to family friendly entertainment went on in this zone and was appreciated by parents who couldn’t partake in the party atmosphere in the festival below” says Minty. “Being family friendly is a real point of difference for us and tempers the entire vibe of the festival. It’s a highlight to see the kids having such a great time”.

Splore will continue with its sustainability initiatives with its goal of becoming a zero waste event. “This year we introduced the reusable drinking vessel, the ‘globelet’ - which made a huge difference to the amount of waste at the festival.  It made for a much better experience for the audience to be at a clean event with no rubbish on the ground” says Minty. “Splore has set a new benchmark in festival sustainability”.

Splore’s founder and creative director  Amanda Wright has decided to pass the baton of festival director to John Minty and will step into a peripheral advisory role for 2015. “I’ve founded Splore and have been integrally involved  since its inception in 1998. Its time for me to pursue new opportunities so John is taking the reins as festival director from now on”.

With constant comments on social media about this year’s Splore being the best Splore event yet, festival director John Minty is confident of another successful event for 2015. Joining the database on will ensure people are the first to hear about acts and tickets.

Splore at a glance

Date: 20-22 February, 2015
Where: Tapapakanga Park, 70KM SE of Auckland
Tickets: earlybird tickets go on sale 2 June through

Music and performance announcements will be made over the coming months – check the Splore website for artists’ bio details and You Tube links 
Splore’s social media channels; like us, follow us, love us

Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter


Limited edition '10 Years Of Base FM' tees featuring a reprint of the OG Base FM logo are now available to the public! Only $40 each while stocks last!

Mens AS Colour Staple Tees: White w/green logo | Black w/Green Logo | Black w/Rasta Logo.

A handful of womans Tees & Singlets also available.

PLACE ORDERS: via email (jazz @ basefm . co . nz) or pop into Base HQ, 7b Rose Road, Grey Lynn.

Big ups to iThink Design aka DJ Junior & Karousel Screenprinting aka Printor.


SMART PHONES DUMB PEOPLE - A solo exhibition by Component.

Allpress Gallery. 8 Drake St, Freemans Bay, Auckland.

Opening Tuesday 27th May | 5.30-7.30pm
Thanks to Rogue Society

Exhibition runs from 28th - 31st May 

Component has sampled vintage comic style imagery to create visual comment on modern day technological addiction. Society has become increasingly dependant on social media as a means of both communication and self promotion. George Orwell and Albert Einstein both predicted this day would come: Text, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become the norm for displaying social interactions and intimate moments for the world to see and make comment on. It has not happened unless it's on social media. | FACEBOOK | TWITTER


Apollo Brown is different than most producers. He grew up on the Seals and Crofts—not the Isley Brothers—version of “Summer Breeze.” Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, his early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes—Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon—from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. 


SUNDAY 25th May @ Ponsonby Social Club
Local support from Hudge, Dylan C & Beau Jeffries

This is APOLLO BROWN's second visit to NZ and this is a FREE show.
Dont miss it.

Apollo Brown’s latest album Thirty Eight is a contemporary throwback, inhabiting the realm of reverent reinvention and innovation. It deftly bridges the gap between ‘70s Blaxploitation soundtracks (e.g. Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly or Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man) and the hip-hop records that sampled from them. The tracks on Thirty Eight are presented in gritty, heavily saturated Technicolor, the scratches and cigarette burns as purposeful as they are happily accidental. These are suites sounding from long barrels held by lone men lurking in grimy project hallways. Tinged with revenge and regret, shrouded in thick tendrils of hollow-point smoke, the songs have all the makings of an epic gangster tragedy. They’re also great when paired with anything Raymond Chandler.

Crackle and sample hiss run like electric current throughout, charging the record with a retro feel and resonant warmth. Yet these qualities are only secondary to Brown’s impeccable ear for instrumentation. Thirty Eight is full of funk, soul, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and everything in between. The bluesy guitar twang of slow-burner “Black Suits” and the lush, orchestral strings of “The Warning” are just two examples of the depth and diversity Brown brings to the table.

All singing on the album comes in the form of brief samples, some high-pitched and sped up, others left untouched. Taken together, they amount to glimpses of an emotionally affecting narrative, enabling the listener to fill in the plot and words between the booms and baps. Brown enlists New York mercenary Roc Marciano for the soundtrack’s two features. With the sharpest of eyes and the frostbitten wit of a Polo clad hustler slanging in the dead of winter, Marciano delivers his best verses in recent memory, his vivid narratives perfectly suited for Brown’s soulful production.

Available via Mello Music Group


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