Steven Wilson @ The Powerstation : 26 Oct 2016


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

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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Method Man & Redman @ The Powerstation : 25 Oct 2016


Legendary hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman have just announced a one off show in New Zealand as part of their Blackout Tour. The two prolific rappers, who have also carved out massively successful solo careers, released their first collaborative album Blackout! in 1999 which earned the duo a cult following, ten years later, following it up with Blackout! 2.

Method Man has been a hip-hop star since his eponymous cut from Enter the Wu-Tang first put Wu-Tang Clan on the map in 1993, and he solidified the position with some of the best of the solo work to come out of the group, including Tical, Tical 2000: Judgement Day, Tical 0: The Prequel, 4.21 The Day After and The Meth Lab. His reach has long extended beyond music, with a successful acting career that included prominent roles in The Wire, Oz and Belly. He also starred in the cult-classic comedy How High with Redman.

Redman’s seminal debut, Whut? Thee Album, hit stores in 1992, and it sounded like nothing hip-hop fans had ever heard before. The album’s sound was rooted in the funk of Redman’s fellow Def Squad member Erick Sermon’s production, but Redman’s brash energy, punchlines and persona were wholly original. In the nearly two decades since, Redman has evolved into a hip-hop institution. He’s appeared on countless albums as a guest rapper, has released a further seven solo albums, a Def Squad collaborative album with Sermon and Keith Murray, and of course, released his albums with Method Man.

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Falling In Reverse @ The Powerstation : 12 Oct 2016


One of the most talked about, controversial, ground breaking and adored, rock bands of the modern age, FALLING IN REVERSE are bringing their Count Rockula Tour to New Zealand this October!

The band will hit The Powerstation, Auckland, on October 12 for one show only – their first ever headline show in NZ.

Loved, hated, ridiculed, admired, Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke is a rare rock n’ roll provocateur whose unpredictability and reckless honesty make him equal parts hero and villain, depending on whom you ask. Radke puts it all on the line, take it or leave it, each and every time he and his band does anything.

Falling In Reverse have been through hell and back. Radke lost his brother in a car crash, watched old friends wither away from old vices and has sought redemption for his past sins. All of which are reflected in tracks from the band’s 2015 album, Just Like You; in particular on the songs Brother, Chemical Prisoner and God, If You Are Above which went to #1 on the iTunes rock chart within hours of its release.

It’s as real as it gets for these four guys.

Combining the metalcore crunch of the scene they helped create, with Satriani inspired shred and a straight up back beat that dives in and out of double bass fury with ease, Falling In Reverse 2016 is a honed musical weapon of focused intensity and purpose. Emotive, heart-wrenching lyrics reflect the band’s real life struggles, whilst showcasing their growth, experience and charisma and show why the band sit atop their musical tree.

Of course it’s not all heartbreak and misery. Falling In Reverse still know how to party hard and get into trouble. Sexy Drug and Just Like You featuring Radke’s admission of ‘I am aware that I am an asshole’ are testament to their rock ‘n’ roll roots.

In 2014, only Motörhead legend Lemmy edged out Radke on Kerrang!’s list of the 50 Greatest Living Rockstars in the World, a lineup that included the likes of Slash, Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne. With Lemmy’s passing into the rock n’ roll hall of Valhalla, does this mean that Ronnie Radke is the world’s Greatest Living Rockstar? According to the UK’s biggest rock mag it just might!

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APRA Silver Scrolls Awards 2016 @ Vector Arena : 29 Sep 2016


The Silver Scroll Award is New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting award, recognising outstanding achievement in the craft of songwriting.

Since it was established in 1965, the Silver Scroll Award has passed through the hands of some of New Zealand’s most well loved and celebrated songwriters. Past winners include Ray Columbus, Hammond Gamble, Shona Laing, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Don McGlashan, Neil Finn, Chris Knox, Brooke Fraser, James Milne & Luke Buda, Aaron Young, Alisa Xayalith & Thom Powers (The Naked And Famous), Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) & Joel Little and Tami Neilson.

As the only peer voted music award in New Zealand, the APRA Silver Scroll Award provides a unique opportunity for songwriters to recognise outstanding achievement by their peers.  A panel of prominent APRA members narrow all entries to the awards down to a Top 20, which are then voted on by APRA’s 10,000 members. The votes cast by APRA’s wider membership determine the winner of the Silver Scroll Award, as well as the five finalists.

The 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards will be held on Thursday 29th September at Vector Arena in Auckland.

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Super Soul Revue with Aaradhna, Tyra & the Tornadoes, Estère and the Hipstamatics @ The Powerstation : 23 Sep 2016

super_soul_revue_a3_this_friFor one night only this September get up with the get down at The Powerstation for the inaugural Super Soul Revue featuring an all stellar local line up…



BROWN GIRL- AARADHNA’s chart topping new album was recorded live in the US, written by Aaradhna and produced entirely by Jeff Dynamite of Brooklyn based Truth & Soul Records (Aloe Blacc, Adele, Lady, Lee Fields & The Expressions) featuring some of the greatest retro/soul instrumentalist’s and session players on the scene today, including Homer Steinweiss (Amy Winehouse), Leon Michaels (Lee Fields, Dr. John, Sharon Jones + The Dap Kings, The Black Keys) and Vincent John (Lee Fields, Lady). The queen of Pacific Soul headlines the first Auckland City Soul Review her band for the evening made up of some of our homegrown top players in their own right – Jeremy Toy & Chip Matthews from the Opensouls + The Tornadoes and Tom Broome from Homebrew + Esther Stevens and The Means.

& in a rare live performance TYRA HAMMOND and THE TORANDOES

Only one 7″ release exists of Tyra Hammond and The Tornadoes, the now considered rare vinyl cut: You Got me Thinkin’ / Huihui. Showcasing the amazing talent of Opensouls vocalist Tyra Hammond who has since gone on to forge a solo career and feature on many collaborations with the likes of Scribe, Ladi6 and @Peace. The band includes Julien Dyne (BBE, Wonderful Noise), Scott Towers (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Chip Matthews, Jeremy Toy (Wonderful Noise, Hit + Run) and Cameron Allen. The Tornadoes live show consists of original Afro-beat inspired funk music and the band’s own arrangements of classic B-Boy funk and breaks music.


ESTÈRE is acclaimed as being a one-of-a-kind performer, that has seen her (along with her MPC “Lola” ) open for international artists including Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc & Morcheeba, and has put her on international stages worldwide including her most recent tour which included 5 date’s in Africa, 9 shows in the UK and 8 shows in France. Estère is currently in the process of writing her new album but makes time to stop in and get down for the Auckland City Soul Revue.


Hipstamatics are an expanding 10-piece who turn iconic songs into soulful, funky anthems. Made up from a collective of creatives, international seasoned players and soulful singers. The Hipstamatics sound and style is based on 60’s and 70’s Motown acts such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross

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