Monthly Archives: December 2014

Rhythm and Vines @ Waiohika Estate Vineyard 29, 30 & 31 Dec 2014

RnV_Final_Annoucement-Poster_523Rhythm and Vines has become known as New Zealand’s biggest New Year’s Eve festival showcasing the best Kiwi and international musicians. Set in one of the most beautiful locations to welcome in the New Year, the Waiohika Estate Vineyard in Gisborne. 

The final line up announcement is here. It is time to fight off those winter blues and start dreaming of long NZ summer days with friends set amongst the luscious vines of Waiohika Estate in Gisborne. The Edge along with Rhythm and Vines is thrilled to announce the first line up for festival goers this New Year’s, so without further ado here’s the 2014 line up…

Bastille | Netsky Live
Chase And Status + MC Rage (DJ set)

Zane Lowe | Chet Faker
Danny Brown | Broods

Just Blaze | TA-KU | Jagwar MA
London Elecktricity & MC Wrec
Mø | DC Breaks | P-Money
Mr Carmack | Etc!Etc!
Plus loads more!



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Clash of the Titans – Dragon, The Exponents & The Feelers @ The Powerstation : 27 Dec 2014

Clash of the TitansLadies and Gentlemen, a sensational start to the Summer Holiday Season; coming live to Powerstation; the CLASH OF THE TITANS.

Heavyweight hit makers Dragon will belt out classic hits from across their 40 year history; This Time, April Sun In Cuba, Rain, Are You Old Enough?, Sunshine, Celebration; the list goes on and on.  Dragon’s upcoming album ‘Roses’ will be released and available from the shows.  Featuring Dragon founding member Todd Hunter and NZ chart topper Mark Williams, these guys don’t hold any punches when it comes to performing live. “We are really looking forward to the ‘Clash Of Titans’ tour playing with The Feelers and The Exponents.  Should be much fun” – Todd  Hunter, September 2014

Originally hailing from the South Island; The Exponents are renowned for dancing their opponents around the ring, blasting out everyone’s favourite songs; Victoria, Airway Spies, Erotic, Sex & Agriculture and many more.  Three decades on, the band enter the ring with a recent TV documentary, a new album,  plus fans will be keen to hear that all of their early albums are now available to purchase as digital downloads. Jordan and the boys are sounding sensational; The Exponents are seriously ready to rock n roll.

Also entering the ring, New Zealand’s highest selling and most played local artist for 16 years Christchurch’s The Feelers will deliver their hugely popular and much loved melodic rock to the stage.  With no less than 3 x #1 and 5 x Top Ten multi platinum selling New Zealand albums, 7 #1 singles, 20 x Top 40 chart singles plus a stack of industry awards earned since 1998; The Feelers will perform a smash hit set with all their radio hits; Supersystem, Larger Than Life, Fishing For Lisa, Venus, Never Want to Fall In Love and Stand Up. James and the band are sure to ignite and unite  the audience every night as they take the stage.

A toss of a coin each night will determine the playing order of these mighty three acts.


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The War on Drugs @ The Powerstation : 18,19 Dec 2014

War on DrugsTHE WAR ON DRUGS play their first ever shows in New Zealand at The Powerstation

THE WAR ON DRUGS are the alt rock band of the year. Their new album Lost in The Dream was released in March and has been widely hailed as a masterpiece. It is without doubt one of the albums of 2014 and a future classic rock record for each and every year from now. Yes, that good.

THE WAR ON DRUGS are a band whose unquestionable musical power, meticulous songcraft, artistry, authenticity, integrity and quality have them organically perched at the tipping point into arena sized magic and festival headlining greatness. The War On Drugs arrive in New Zealand with immaculate timing.

The band has received across the board critical acclaim for their third album Lost In The Dream. The last few years since the release of the 2011 breakthrough Slave Ambient has seen The War On Drugs clocking up thousands of global road and air miles that have paved the way for this moment in time as the consummate Philadelphia based four-piece morph into the hottest indie rock proposition on the planet.

“The album is loaded with songs whose greatness is revealed slowly, where the simplest, most understated chord change can blow a track wide open and elevate it from simply pretty to absolutely devastating.” Pitchfork

“Only a few artists are gifted enough to write hair-raising, fists-in-the-air, pedal-to-the-floor rock ‘n’ roll anthems: U2, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire are proven pros, but maybe The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel should be added to that class too.” NPR Music

To those of you out there who crave immediate, wistful pop music that will make you smile about the future and make you cry about the past, you won’t find a better album this decade. OMH 10/10

THE WAR ON DRUGS are a real rock n roll band, a heart and soul band, exactly the kind of the band we need, exactly the kind of band we want.

This will be your first and last chance to see them in an intimate club environment. For now they’re yours, next year they’ll be everyone’s. A very special band, a very special show.

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Joan Armatrading @ Auckland Town Hall : 17 Dec 2014

Joan Armatrading

“…with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”    Joan Armatrading

After touring for 42 years, the incomparable Joan Armatrading will be performing her last major world tour and first solo concerts on a worldwide scale.  Bluesfest Touring is proud to be announcing Joan’s return to New Zealand this December for three intimate shows including performances at the Town Hall in Auckland, the Opera House in Wellington and the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch
One of the world’s most prolific songwriters and musicians, Joan Armatrading has released over 20 acclaimed albums, received three Grammy nominations, is a Brit Award nominee and has received the highly coveted Ivor Novello Award.  Although she will continue to perform on occasion this will be the final major world tour.   Joan says; “I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake.  For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar, piano and singing.  I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience.  I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”
Fittingly, this unique series of solo shows will feature Joan’s classic hit ‘Me, Myself I’ as well as a mix of other favourites such as ‘Love and Affection’, ‘Willow’ and ‘Drop The Pilot’ plus some of Joan’s more recent compositions.  Fans new and old will enjoy a musical voyage spanning Joan Armatrading’s entire career and the many genres she has mastered including Pop, Blues, Folk, Reggae and Jazz.

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Raggamuffin VIII @ Trusts Arena : 13 Dec 2014

Raggamuffin-Logo-2014-top-long-2One Day – Two Stages

Trusts Arena – Auckland

December 13 2014

The final line-up for Raggamuffin VIII has dropped with the iconic Cypress Hill joining fellow US hip-hop legend Ice Cube and British reggae royalty UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue as headliners for the festival.

Other acts confirmed to join the line-up include NZ Pacific Music Award lifetime achievement inductee Che Fu & The Kratez, reggae favourites Sons of Zion, Mai FM’s DJ Sirvere and JAfA MAfiA Crew + guests including Silva, Jah Red Lion, Israel Starr and MC Hlats.

One of the biggest hip-hop acts of the last decade, Cypress Hill have sold more than 18 million albums worldwide and continue to be a major influence among urban artists around the globe.

Joining them on the bill is previously announced headliners UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, who will play new music alongside all-time favourites such as ‘Red Red Wine’ and Ice Cube (C.I.A and N.W.A) who will perform his distinctively honest style of rap, and prolific and often political lyrics.

The full line-up includes Kingston reggae revolutionist Chronixx, leading Pacific reggae artist Fiji, Jamaica’s Etana, dancehall musician Gappy Ranks – who will play a set with New Zealand’s own P-Money – and more local favourites including Katchafire, Aaradhna with full band, Sammy Johnson featuring Brownhill, House of Shem and Tomorrow People.

Raggamuffin VIII will also feature a vibrant village market area, with entertainment curated by reggae/dancehall sound system JAfA MAfiA Crew + guests including Silva, Jah Red Lion, Israel Starr and MC Hlats.

Raggamuffin has also traditionally supported New Zealand youth charities and Raggamuffin VIII will once again be supporting Y for Youth which provides vital assistance to a range of New Zealand youth organisations.

Raggamuffin VIII takes place on Saturday 13 December at The Trusts Arena, Auckland.

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