The Cult @ The Powerstation : 21 Nov 2016

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Following their hugely successful tour of the US, THE CULT return to New Zealand this month for headline shows in Dunedin and Auckland in support of their latest album, Hidden City.

One of music’s most influential bands with an arsenal of hits including: She Sells Sanctuary, Love Removal Machine and Fire Woman, also confirmed for the Auckland concert are special guests Yukon Era. Hailing from Auckland’s North Shore, Yukon Era are a four piece post punk band, fresh out of high school. With their latest single release High Handed from their Consume & Scratch EP reaching number 5 on the New Zealand alternative charts.

The Cult – founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with drummer John Tempesta, bassist Grant Fitzpatrick and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox – are on the road now in support of their latest full-length release, Hidden City.

Hidden City is The Cult’s 10th studio album and the final chapter of the band’s trilogy of releases which began with 2007’s Born Into This then 2012’s Choice of Weapon. The Bob Rock-produced album has already produced several singles: “Dark Energy,” “Deeply Ordered Chaos,” “Hinterland” and “G O A T.”

Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives,” explains Astbury. “There is no higher authority than the heart.”

Of the new album, Mojo said it’s “Some of the fiercest, nastiest, most powerful – and also starkly beautiful – music of their career…The album’s extraordinary howls of pain and anger, its dramatic apocalyptic visions and quiet interrogations of the meaning of life and death, align perfectly with the times.”

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The Mission @ The Powerstation : 19 Nov 2016

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Plus1 is delighted to announce legendary post-punk goths The Mission will perform two New Zealand shows as part of their 30th Anniversary tour this November.

The Mission (UK) will return to New Zealand for the first time since 1990 to perform at Auckland’s Powerstation on Saturday 19 November, 2016.

Fans will appreciate the touring band still features three-quarters of the original line-up – Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler – along with explosive new drummer, Mike Kelly.

The band’s memories of their last trip to New Zealand are hazy (they weren’t dubbed the kings of excess for nothing) while the world fell in love with goth rock gems like Wasteland, Butterfly on a Wheel, Tower of Strength, and Deliverance.

Back in late 1985 Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left The Sisters Of Mercy and formed The Mission and in early 1986 embarked on their first European tour, supporting The Cult. They released 2 singles independently, both reaching No.1 in the UK alternative charts, before signing a worldwide record deal with Phonogram (now Universal).

Their first single for the new label, Stay With Me, went straight into the UK chart at No. 30 followed by their debut album God’s Own Medicine at No. 14. Over the next eight years the band released six more albums and had a further 12 hit singles including anthemic classics such as Wasteland, Tower Of Strength, Beyond The Pale, Deliverance and Butterfly On A Wheel.

The Mission gained a hard-earned reputation as one of the best and most exciting live bands in the world,  winning countless accolades, with highlights like seven sold out consecutive shows at the Astoria Theatre in London, and twice headlining Reading Festival. Total worldwide album sales are now in excess of three million.

“The Mission have lost none of the passion and verve that had them rightly at the top of the live circuit tree.” Dom Daley – Uber Rock, June 2015

“Entering the darkened stage in a sea of dry ice, Wayne Hussey’s stage presence is a sight to behold. The sing-a-long from the crowd is obligatory but it’s also testament to how great The Mission have become. A truly magnificent performance.”Backseat Mafia, June 2015.

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TECH N9NE With Special Guests KRIZZ KALIKO and STEVIE STONE @ The Powerstation : 17, 18 Nov 2016

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Techniciansss! The independent hip hop powerhouse TECH N9NE returns to New Zealand this November after selling out shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch last year.

TECH N9NE is the biggest selling Independent Hip-Hop artist of all time. He has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. Independent to the core, TECH N9NE is free to make music for himself and his fans and no one else. He appeases no masters other than the legions of Strange Music fans across the globe.

TECH N9NE became known as an innovative rapper in the 90s because of his trendsetting ability to rap at breakneck speed, to rap backwards and to also deliver riveting personal songs that examined his own inner demons. In the 2000s, TECH N9NE hit the road relentlessly, becoming one of rap’s premier touring acts. With 2012’s “Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour,” TECH N9NE holds the title of headlining the longest continuous tour in rap history.

No one puts on a show like TECH N9NE. His shows are a non-stop party from beginning to end. The atmosphere and energy at a TECH N9NE show is unlike anything else. His rhymes are immaculate, his flow is transcendent and his interaction and dynamic with the crowd is unparalleled. He raps so fast you think his mic will melt. Without mainstream acceptance, TECH N9NE’s commercial success is entirely down to his dedication to his audience, playing at least over 100 shows a year and making sure every show leaves the crowd on a euphoric high and craving more. Seeing TECH N9NE live will make you understand his t-shirt slogan “Strange Music Saved My Life”.

TECH N9NE’s 2016 New Zealand tour will feature long-time partner in rhyme KRIZZ KALIKO, who will be both performing with TECH N9NE and a feature support set. KRIZZ KALIKO has been working with TECH N9NE since the late 90’s and just put out his latest solo album, “GO” earlier this year. KRIZZ KALIKO’s infectious charisma and dynamic vocal range have made him a fan favourite at TECH N9NE’s live shows for over a decade. In addition to KRIZZ KALIKO, the tour will also feature Strange Music’s STEVIE STONE – this will be his first solo sets in New Zealand.

TECH N9NE sounds as fresh and hungry as he did when he first started more than a decade ago. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” TECH N9NE says. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. That’s why I still rap so hard. I’m always trying to get better and better. I’m not softening it.” If you missed out last time, now is your chance to fix your mistake. If you were lucky enough to catch one of the shows, this is another opportunity to witness one of the greatest live shows in Hip-Hop, period.

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James @ The Powerstation : 9 Nov 2016

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“This bed is on fire with passionate love,
The neighbours complain about the noises above…”

These memorable lines from James’ 1993 hit ‘Laid’ defined a decade becoming the soundtrack to early 90s alternative radio and then finding a second life through its use in the hit movie ‘American Pie’. Now the Mancunian rockers are heading to New Zealand for the very first time to celebrate the release of their new album, GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

James have just added two shows in New Zealand off the back of their Australian November tour, which is already practically Sold Out. Presented by MJR Presents, James will play the Powerstation in Auckland on Wednesday, November 9 and the Opera House in Wellington on Thursday, November 10

Having risen from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records scene, James already had a decade of hits to their name by the time ‘Laid’ shot up the charts – making them one of the biggest bands in the world at the dawn of the 90s.

After internal struggles kicked off a long hiatus in 2001, the band reconciled in 2007 and once again hit the road, but still never quite made it to Australia and New Zealand.

Fast-forward to 2016 and the release of their 14th album GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which debuted at #2 in the UK charts (only behind Adele) and James now have Australia and New Zealand in their sights. And with rave reviews from their recent UK tour, these shows are not to be missed.

“It’s not hard to grasp the enduring appeal of James… With a hit album, a sellout tour and no sign of the tunes running out, James are, without a doubt, the indie rock dream made flesh” The Observer.

GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD sees the band team up with producer Max Dingel (The Killers, Muse, White Lies) with the legendary Brian Eno infusing his unique influence into the blend. The new album is both anthemic and euphoric, with its simmering electronica continuing James’ long connection to the dance floor. The band’s trademark songwriting and Tim Booth’s distinctive vocal and evocative lyrics prove once again to be amongst Britain’s finest.

“Bands talk about that difficult second album but it’s the trickster 14th one that’s the real M*&^%R F&%$#R,” says Booth.

“As always with James it’s a collaborative process allowing ample room for improvisation, intuition, skill and dumb luck. From the outside our process looks like chaos but chaos is our friend and we have a history that gives us confidence that something magical will eventually appear. We’ve been trying to come to Australia and New Zealand for many years – something never quite felt right. Really looking forward to meeting new friends and making up for lost time.”

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Steven Wilson @ The Powerstation : 26 Oct 2016

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Visionary musician, Steven Wilson, who has changed the direction of rock music is set to tour Australia and New Zealand in October 2016.

In 2013 Steven Wilson toured Australia with one of the most elaborate productions witnessed in rock venues. Those lucky music fans who attended the shows were immersed in an audio-visual sensory experience simultaneously overwhelming and uplifting.

‘I collected my jaw from the ground and walked out slightly dazed. Steven Wilson does it again.’ – Pure Grain Audio.com

This October, Steven brings “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” to antipodean audiences with a show which will both exhilarate and take your breath away.

“Hand. Cannot. Erase. is easily the strongest of Wilson’s solo output in terms of cohesive narrative and dynamic song structure.”  PopMatters

The former Porcupine Tree leader has built a reputation as a musician’s musician with a track record venerated by fans and peers alike. As well as four solo studio albums and in excess of 20 Porcupine Tree albums, Steven has collaborated with a who’s who of forward thinking musicians, including Opeth, Robert Fripp, Yoko Ono, Anathema, Ian Anderson, Steve Hackett, Marillion, OSI and Dream Theater.

Steven is also responsible for acclaimed new mixes for artists as diverse as Emerson Lake & Palmer, XTC, King Crimson, Hawkwind, Caravan, Jethro Tull, Yes, and Tears For Fears.

“Wilson is a star in a fiercely partisan, niche genre”  Rolling Stone Magazine

But for all these achievements, it is in the live arena that Steven’s music truly comes to life. With a band of gifted and inspiring musicianS behind him, an immersive visual experience filling the stage and full quadraphonic surround sound saturating the room with sound and effects, this is truly a show not to be missed.

Steven Wilson will leave you spellbound with a performance you will remember forever.

‘What transpired over the next two and a half hours was a stunning musical exhibition that displayed all of Wilson’s talents, and then some.’ Guitar World

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