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Kiwi music lovers will be in for a rare treat this summer as KORA and KATCHAFIRE double their playing powers on a co-headlining tour, serving up a double-shot of Aotearoa’s finest roots, rock and reggae across the North Island.

While each band has superb studio work to their name, the proof in the pudding is their rock-steady live performances, which have won both bands a diehard fan base. A show from KORA or KATCHAFIRE alone is a must-see live music experience – together on the same stage, this is a line-up that must be witnessed by every New Zealand music lover.

KORA is brothers Brad, Francis and Stuart Kora, and brother-in-arms Dan McGruer. Their future-shocked fusion of funk, dub, metal and psychedelia is a sound formed by an unshakeable fraternal bond; so unique that they had to coin their own genre, “alien funk”. Hailing from Whakatane, Kora built their audience and reputation with an epic live show, one that has brought them a cult audience worldwide.

Waikato sons KATCHAFIRE are the undisputed titans of Aotearoa roots reggae, true skank superstars both here at home, throughout the Pacific, and along the West Coast of the United States. A relentless touring schedule sees the seven-strong unit play 49 weeks out of every year, racking up an impressive playing history that has made them the nation’s tightest live outfit. Today, after hundreds of gigs and four classic albums, KATCHAFIRE are road warriors whose music is guaranteed to hit you with no pain.

This is the bucket-list live tour of the 2013/2014 summer. Be sure to cross it off as KORA and KATCHAFIRE light up the holidays.

Fri 20 Dec – Black Barn Vineyards – Napier
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Black Bar Cellar Door, blackbarn.com, Rockshop Hastings & Rockshop Napier

Sat 21 Dec – The Commercial Hotel (Outdoor Marquee) – Whakatane
Tickets from Event Ticketing & venue

Thurs 26 Dec – Waihi Beach Hotel – Waihi
Tickets from Event Ticketing & venue

Fri 27 Dec – Coroglen Tavern – Coroglen
Tickets from Event Ticketing, funktion Whitianga & venue

Mon 30 Dec – Butlers Reef – New Plymouth / Oakura
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Crowded House, The Mayfair, Rockshop New Plymouth & Venue

Thurs 2 Jan – Opononi Hotel – Opononi
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Rockshop Whangarei & venue

Fri 3 Jan – Mangawhai Tavern – Mangawhai
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Rockshop Whangarei & Venue

Sat 4 Jan – Brewers Field – Mt Maunganui
TiTickets from Event Ticketing, Rockshop Tauranga & venue


Tickets on sale Thursday 17th October.

For all show & ticketing info go to www.muchmoremusic.co.nz


 

Mr Brown, host of the Chin Check on Base FM is running the Auckland Marathon on 3rd November to raise money for the Starship Foundation, a social-profit organization that raises funds so Starship Children's Health can better care for more than 120,000 young patient visits each year. They need to raise over $5 million annually to keep giving New Zealand children in the best care possible so please get in behind this great charity.

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Knights of the Dub Table Live Show
Leigh Sawmil Café
Saturday 5th October
$10 presales / $15 on the door
TICKETS: eventfinder.co.nz

Knights Give The North First Listen to Brand New Tunes. Electro Dub Band ‘Knight of the Dub Table’ are kicking off their summer tour at the Leigh Sawmill café on October 5th.

The knights will be giving the region the very first sneak preview of some new unreleased tracks. The Knights will be playing a selection of unreleased songs for the Leigh Sawmill crowd which are scheduled to feature on their next album.  The band who were nominated for a Maori Music Award for their last album say they are working hard to get the second album complete and hope to release the album early next year.

The show at the Leigh Sawmill Café is the first show of an extensive national summer tour which will stretch over 3 months and will hit over 15 towns across New Zealand.

Knights of the Dub Table front man Mr Sammysamson says he is excited to be returning to the Leigh Sawmill and says that crowds should expect a high energy and dynamic set with a mix of old and brand new tunes.

“We played the Sawmill last summer for the first time and it was a great vibe, such an awesome place to play, the place has an energy about it. We have worked hard over the last few months writing new material and fine tuning our new live set. We pride ourselves in creating a great live experience for our audiences and cant wait to bring it back to the north!.”

knightsofthedubtable.com | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BANDCAMP | YOUTUBE


 


Base FM & Rhythmgroup presents
BURTON HIGH FIVES AFTER PARTY
Wanaka Events Center, Friday 13 September

Dancing, djs and downright good times. The local and international snowboarding fraternity were out in force on Friday 13 September for the Burton High Fives After Party at Lake Wanaka Centre, hosted by Rhythm Group and Base FM. Celebrations kicked off with local music don The Nomad and Wellington’s Kev Fresh on the decks, followed by the visceral dub mash ups of AhoriBuzz. Consistent dance floor fillers, the jam band driven byAaron Tokona had the crowd swaying, stomping and crunking to their beat as they played funk-fuelled sounds including underground favourites Turnaround and Glitter in the Gutter. As the night unfolded, badass dubstep/drum n bass dj Bulletproof ensured the party mood was sustained way after midnight, when revellers rocked on across the road at Urban Grind. As Daimon Schwalger a.k.a The Nomad enthused “It was real cool to see the Wanaka massive out for the Burton High Fives event – we need more of this goodness here! Shout outs to R&A for putting on such a dope party!”

Review courtesy of ANNABEL WILSON, On Magazine Wanaka. Photos thanks to OnMag's man-about-town, Martin Cedes - www.onmag.co.nz

Check out more pics from the event here.

 

Base FM favourite Tyra Hammond (Opensouls, The Tornadoes) has released the 2nd single from her forthcoming debut solo EP and a wicked video directed by Sin&Gin. 'Stop Messin Round' is written by Jeremy Toy & Tyra Hammond, with Jeremy also on the production. Check it out!

Tyra Hammond | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | SOUNDCLOUD

 


Tāmaki Zulu 64 proudly presents ZULU THROW DOWN
Saturday 28th September @ Rakinos
GOLD COIN ENTRY x 9pm Onwards


Featured performances by 
KING KAPISI • DJ FURIOUS • DJ PAUSE • A 2 THA Z • NAT LOVER • HUMAN RESOURCE
WITH MANY SPECIAL GUESTS DJ REGGIE D • JAH RED LION • KING HOMEBOY • DJ STYLA AND MORE
.

$200 CASH PRIZE FOR THE TAMAKI ZULU 64 BBOY/BGIRL 2ON2 BATTLE

LIVE MUSIC x ART, GOOD VIBES, PEACE AND HARMONY


 


Splore’s theme ‘more to love at Splore’ is brought to life with a second line up announcement that features flamboyant artists, poets and theatre groups for the 14-16 February 2014 event.

It includes UK cultural phenomenon, Ebony Bones, who has a stage presence reminiscent of Grace Jones. Music commentators dub her “the Karen O of London” and “the Lil Kim of Hoxton”.  The punk electro artist has just released her sophomore album “Behold a Pale Horse” which The Independent (UK) recently described as a perfect fusion of These New Puritans and Transglobal Underground, and “everything people say MIA is”. Despite the comparisons, Ebony Bones is unique.

Other acts announced include UK soul artist Alice Russell who is described as a force of nature. Her powerful soul voice has attracted rave reviews from numerous national and international publications and praise from fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, David Byrne, Dennis Coffey, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, and Groove Armada.

Brighton DJ and producer Adam Freeland makes his debut at Splore. The electronica breakbeat supremo will bring his signature sounds to the beach for a late night set. Adam’s critically acclaimed debut album, Now and Them featured hit single “We Want your Soul” and his remix of Sarah Vaughan’s “Fever” was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Jungle pioneers The Ragga Twins complete the line up out of the UK with firecracker Hackney party duo, MC’s Deman Rockers and Flinty Badman. They will be accompanied by DJ Krucial.

New Zealand music to join the eclectic line up is Wellington Balkan gypsy brass band Niko ne Zna, Auckland’s dance favourite Latinaotearoa plus DJ’s Aroha, Hudge, Regrooved Sound System, Andy JV, Bobby Brazuka, Mikki Dee, Isaac Aesili and Mark Pickering.

Splore has a dedicated performance space ‘The Living Lounge’ as well as performance acts that can be happened upon while out and about at the festival. Performance and music acts confirmed for the Living Lounge include New Zealand’s best known poet Sam Hunt and Binge Culture who were dubbed one of the country's “most exciting, direct and original theatre companies." - NZ Herald, 28/20/13.  The band Drab Doo Riffs also bring their sound to the Living Lounge. More music and performance acts along with visual artists will be announced in October 2013.

Splore 2014 line up announced so far, with more to be added in October

International Acts
Ebony Bones (UK) | Alice Russell (UK) | Ragga Twins (UK) | Adam Freeland (UK) 
Blak Twang (UK) | The Funk Hunters (Canada) | Shortee Blitz (UK)

New Zealand acts
BrockaflowersaurusWeird Together Scratch 22 (NZ/Berlin) | NiKo ne Zna
LatinaotearoaAroha Mikki Dee | DJ Hudge Regrooved Sound System
Andy JVBobby BrazukaIsaac AesiliMark Pickering

Performance Acts
Sam HuntBinge CultureDrab Doo Riffs

Tickets are available from  www.iticket.co.nz
Current ticket price $255 + BF
www.splore.net
www.facebook.com/SploreFestival

It’s no  wonder people describe Splore festivals as the best weekend of their lives - with entertainment including a cabaret club, the ultra friendly vibe, family friendly zone  and the  music, performance and art. Staged at the stunning Tapapakanga Regional Park on 14-16 February, 70km South East of Auckland City, the beach front location is the perfect place for three days of fun. Designed with audience convenience in mind, Splorers will live onsite for three days with a number of onsite camping options. While camping is included in the ticket price, festival goers can choose to upgrade to a reserved tent or campervan site, or go for the top notch option of glamping (glamorous camping).


EBONY BONES

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ALICE RUSSELL

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ADAM FREELAND

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THE RAGGA TWINS

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BLAK TWANG

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THE FUNK HUNTERS

FACEBOOK | TWITTER
SOUNDCLOUD 


SHORTEE BLITZ

FACEBOOK | TWITTER
SOUNDCLOUD


 


Base FM is embarking on a roadtrip this weekend – we’re loading the van and hitting the road! Wellington, We’re coming for you! In preparation for the Lower North Island digital switchover (29th September), we’re spreading the word that Wellington listeners can get Base FM on Freeview Channel 71. Get to know us better, by checking out this series of events. Base FM hits the capitol city this weekend. With special thanks to Freeview, Dopamine and Trinity Hotel.

Saturday 14th of September

Dopamine, MazDef productions & Base FM present APOLLA BROWN live at Bar Bodega
With support from Raiza Biza, Dam-G Base FM crew Chip Matthews & Reggie.D

Sunday 15th September

The Recovery Sessions at The Southern Cross 3pm-6pm
With DJs Chip Matthews & Dylan C laying down the goodness.


Monday 16th September

Base FM Breakfast broadcasting live from Fidel's Cafe
Join Chip Matthews & Dylan C live from 7-10am.

 


 


SEVA HIFI live at VERONA (K.Rd)

Saturday @ 21st September | 10pm - 1am | Free Entry

SEVA HIFI is vocalist/musician Baz Suamili, percussionist Levani Vosasi and producer DJ Gmuva. Formed in Auckland in 2007, the band took ages to record their 2012 album 'EARLY' using vintage analog gear and outboard effects, which featured a troupe of guests including Nat Rose, Spenz, Isaac Aesili and Yao Chen.

SEVA HIFI make psychedelic pacific funk and dub, and will be playing a little jam at Verona. Expect Pacific soul, choice vibes, some spiritual guidance from Levani, material from their debut album "Early" and new material from their forthcoming second album. 

SEVA HIFI / SUGRALICKS on Soundcloud

 

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