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After many late nights and countless discussions, the Red Bull Music Academy jury has selected 60 music makers to represent 34 countries, who will gather in Tokyo in autumn for this year’s prestigious Red Bull Music Academy edition. Watercolours, otherwise known as Auckland’s Chelsea Metcalf, will represent New Zealand and attend workshops in October 12 - November 14.


The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals, hosted by the best in the industry. #RBMA is a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. This year, Watercolours will participate in lectures and workshops, collaborate in the Academy’s custom-built studios, and perform in a festival of events in Tokyo’s most iconic venues. 

“I feel grazed by good fortune, it feels like I’m gonna be a member of a new clubhouse” comments Metcalf. “I’m looking forward to rolling with a new pack plucked from everywhere.”

This year, the task of narrowing down the huge number of candidates was harder than ever. The Academy received over 6000 applications; around 60% more than the 2013 edition. The final group of 60 has been selected to represent a diverse array of styles, skill levels, methodologies and cultural backgrounds. They will each participate in one of two fortnight-long ‘terms,’ with 30 artists attending each term. 

Watercolours has made regular appearances in the Red Bull Studio Auckland over the years, including being a part of Red Bull Prodigy in 2012 with Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad, Opensouls.) She has been known to travel far from home in search of new, dislocated sources of musical inspiration. But when that’s not possible, she simply embarks on flights of fancy. For one track on her 2013 debut EP Portals, she lugged a slab of wood into the studio and tap danced to the point of exhaustion, in search of the perfect loop. Field recordings are also something of a trademark, as heard on tracks featuring the anonymous voices of female train station announcers recorded in Kyoto, or hundreds of wooden chimes knocking around a tree in the middle of the night. 

After winning the New Zealand Music Awards Critic’s Choice Award in 2012, she’s worked with singular producers of dream pop and hazy dancefloor-driven excursions such as Boycrush, and has subsequently been touring with the latter’s live band, after featuring on his song “Secrets.” In February 2014, the two released a split 7-inch distributed by iconic NZ indie label Flying Nun. With recent opening slots for Cat Power, Lorde and Dirty Projectors, word on Watercolours’ indelible sound seems to be spreading.

Among other selected participants are Istanbul experimental/noise artist Ipek Gorgun; vanguardist N.Y.C. hip hop artist Zebra Katz; and Paris-based singer/producer Lafawndah, whose “island life music” is a synthesis of industrial, ’80s bands and tropical flourishes. Liverpool singer-songwriter Laura J. Martin will contribute her skills on MPC, flute, mandolin and piano; and Lahore artist Tollcrane will bring his margin-walking techno and psych-rock excursions.

The #RBMA interactive website provides insights and statistics about the applicants and participants, which you can check out at


FuZen Entertainment is proud to announce the first selection of top international and local artists to take to the stages at this year’s Northern Bass New Years FestivalYou can read it here or you can see it unfold in our first ever Northern Bass announcement video.

After the resounding success of last year that saw the event programme broaden to encompass a wider range of bass-driven artists, promoters FuZen return with another line-up aimed at creating the perfect two-day New Years sound-track. To ring in 2015, the Northern Bass team has once again chosen a truly global mix by selecting an incredible blend of talented international and local artists – all guaranteed to give revelers an unforgettable New Years Eve experience.

So appearing at Northern Bass 14/15 are….drum roll…..


And that’s just the first announcement! On-top of these great artists, expect more of what has made Northern Bass not just the freshest kid on the festival block but one of the best! This year there is a re-designed site layout; a new performance zone; improved access for campers; and yes, even more bass.

DEC 30th & DEC 31st

Worsfold Farm, Settlement Road, Mangawhai

Tickets are on-sale now from Real Groovy Records, Conch Records and iTicket: | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


With amazing memories of last summer still fresh, Fuzen Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of its flagship event, Northern Bass, for New Year 2014/15. The first line-up announcement for the Mangawhai event is scheduled for Wednesday 9th July when public tickets will also be available from so bookmark the date and watch this space.

"Northern Bass is more than just music,” says Promoter and Festival Director Gareth Popham.  “But the line-up is the events calling card and we have been extremely lucky through the booking process this time around.  Northern Bass 14/15 is going to be epic!”

DEC 30th & DEC 31st

Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai

First line-up Announcement and Tickets are on-sale Wednesday 9th July from

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19 JUNE 2014 - 1 FEBRUARY 2015
FREE with Museum Entry.'

‘Entangled Islands’ is the first in a series of exhibitions about the New Zealand war experience over the coming years of the centenary. On 29 August 1914, only three weeks after war began, New Zealand troops took over Sāmoa – then under German control. 

It was an event that would entangle New Zealand and Sāmoa through bad times, and better ones. New Zealand’s military occupation and subsequent control of Sāmoa (until it regained independence in 1962) left a lasting impact on the cultures of both Pacific nations. ‘Entangled Islands’ opens the door on a little-known part of our shared history.

FREE with Museum entry.


16 May - 11 July 2014

LOPDELL HOUSE GALLERY - 5 Totara Ave, New Lynn

Jos Wheeler’s photographs challenge the images employed by the mainstream media. Because photographs can become iconic in defining major events and how we remember them, it’s important to understand which side of the story these images represent. Approaching his subjects with sensitivity, Wheeler works with a close empathy and appreciation for local communities, landscapes and political interests. His images advocate for voices that are often marginalised or distorted in their campaigning on issues regarding land and sea use, social issues and New Zealand’s heritage as a bicultural nation.

Through the phenomenon of social media some of Wheeler’s images, such as those of the asset sales protests and the Urewera 4 court case, have been able to counter the single-sided opinion widely distributed to sway public opinion.

“Photography is a weapon against what’s wrong out there. It’s bearing witness to the truth.” - Getty Images photographer Brent Stirton

Jos Wheeler is highly regarded as a Director of Photography for films, documentaries and music videos. He has travelled extensively and usually has a stills camera close at hand.  Wheeler continues a powerful tradition of empathetic images by the likes of John Miller, Gil Hanly, Ans Westra and Robin Morrison.

Wheeler works with a unique sensitivity, respect and integrity, which has resulted in invitations to photograph people and environments that require a deep trust factor just to be there. Notable examples include his black-and-white images from Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mercato in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and his now infamous series, Te Mana Motuhake O Tuhoe from Te Urewera.

His exhibition In the Midst (2006) showed a selection of these images, alongside photographs from France, Hungary, Samoa and Fiji, and a further series of landscapes from around New Zealand. Having grown up on Auckland’s West Coast, Wheeler has a strong connection with the New Zealand landscape and an appreciation for the rawness of his environment. With a distinctive attention to detail, he uses strong composition with a subtle timing of light to capture mood and emotion that records more than just time and place, often expressing the history of our ever-changing landscape.

Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2014


Lexus of Auckland City presents FIFA WORLDCUP Live at SANTOS in association with Base FM, Spyglass and Amazonas.
114-116 Ponsonby Road

Grab a coffee, breakfast and watch World Cup on the big Screen in the Santos courtyard. 
Kicking off at 8am on Friday, 13th June with Brazil vs Croatia,  and going through til the final whistle on Monday 14th July.

Fifa Worldcup live at Santos Ponsonby! Make sure you are part of the rhythm!

Thanks to Kwik N Exy, Santos Coffee Roasting, Osmand Signs and Profile plus


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