Monthly Archives: January 2015

Passenger @ The Civic : 30 Jan 2015

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Passenger announces New Zealand 2015 Summer Tour!

New Album ‘Whispers’ Released Worldwide June 6th 2014

Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, announced he will be bringing his Whispers Tour to New Zealand in January 2015:

Auckland – Friday January 30th 2015 – The Civic,

2012 and 2013 were watermark years for the acoustic folk troubadour and included sold out tours here in New Zealand as well as the UK, Europe, Australia and the US, over 6.5 million single sales, No. 1 singles in 21 countries (including here), numerous Top 10 album chart positions, 1.2 million album sales and, of course, a whole lot of busking.

Whispers is Passenger’s sixth studio album and its oldest songs date back to before the mayhem began. The album’s grandest love song and first single is Heart’s On Fire, which starts out sparse on finger picked guitar and builds into a dramatic, passionate, strings-soaked plea to the person you can’t get out of your head.

There are many more stories to come from the album, stories Passenger will share with NZ audiences live when he returns for his largest shows yet in January 2015.

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Xavier Rudd @ The Powerstation : 30 Jan 2015

Xavier RuddAustralian multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd returns to NZ this summer to Auckland’s Powerstation

Xavier will be performing as a three-piece for the first time in NZ, joined by South Africa’s finest bassist, Uncle Tio (Lucky Dube / Inzitaba) and percussion power -house Bobby Alu.

The multi-instrumentalist, surfer, animal rights activist and nature conservationist Xavier Rudd is at his most creative on his most recent release, Spirit Bird …  once again painting breath-taking pictures with vivid, unmistakable tones. Hypnotic ceremonial rhythms ease effortlessly into tender folk songs. Gritty guitar blues sits perfectly alongside entrancing yidaki passages. Rudd’s voice and those of his ancestors bear intense truth and knowledge.

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Flying Lotus @ The Powerstation : 28 Jan 2015

flyinglotus_-_aucklandOnce in a blue moon, an opportunity arises to see the all-time greats and freshest up-and-comers on their very own stage. Laneway is excited to announce electronic wunderkind Flying Lotus, showcasing his now-famous 3D visual performance, improvised live by a team of graphic masterminds throughout the show.

Take Flying Lotus’ hand and let yourself be coaxed into the unknown. This is a sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and virtuosity that amounts to a mind-expanding plasm celebrating his latest album You’re Dead!, Part spiritual carnival, part melancholic symphony, it’s an aural procession into the afterlife that equates to musical utopia.

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The 1975 @ The Logan Campbell Centre : 20 Jan 2015

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After wowing audiences at 2014’s Big Day Out in Auckland, the Manchester four-piece The 1975 are finally coming back to New Zealand for one headlining show at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland. Don’t miss your chance to see who Q called “Britain’s biggest new band” or who Billboard declared “One of this year’s biggest breakouts”.

The band has risen fast since releasing Facedown – the first of four EPs – in 2012 leading to September 2013’s self-titled debut album. Having played over 400 global shows in the last 18 months with countless miles on the road, The 1975 have seen crowds grow significantly through 2014. Fuelled by word of mouth buzz, their live shows continue to thrill whilst consistently confounding expectations. The band, a recent US VEVO Lift Artist and MTV Artist to Watch, won the mtvU Breaking Woodie for Best Emerging Artist at this year’s SXSW and have performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The 1975’s debut album, The 1975, is out now via Sony Music. A collection of memories, overheard conversations, and snapshots in time, The 1975’s eponymous debut album is a love letter to youth, played out in bold and brash technicolor.

Having topped the UK album charts and sold out every headline show to date, including a recent tour of Australia, The 1975 have truly cemented their status as “Britain’s biggest new band”.

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Nas Illmatic 20th Anniversary Tour @ The Powerstation : 16-17 Jan 2015

nas_0Amidst the fickle, ephemeral beast that is popular hip-hop, Nas Illmatic has remained a vital and relevant force across 10 albums and 20 years. With music in his blood, Nas wrote his first verse at age 7 and, with 1994’s Illmatic, created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time before he could legally drink. 2014 sees the 20th anniversary of the seminal Illmatic; the release of a special edition, titled Illmatic XX, as well as a worldwide tour.

It seems almost trite today to discuss the universal impact and acclaim that Illmatic had on rap. Put simply: the album has long been considered a masterpiece not just in hip hop, but music as a whole, inspiring countless subsequent rappers and establishing Nas as the most vivid storyteller of urban life since Rakim and Chuck D. Whether it’s rhyming about politics, hip hop, race, religion, other artists or personal relationships, Nas has consistently brought unparalleled and unprecedented levels of honesty wrapped up in his signature poetic wordplay.

Bringing his epic and universally acclaimed back catalogue to New Zealand shores (2011’s Life is Good was hailed as his ‘most emotionally raw record’ since Illmatic by MTV), this is a chance to see the hip hop heavyweight in his element, spitting the rhymes that saw him begin an upwards trajectory that shows no sign of slowing. Taking the stage at Auckland’s Powerstation 17 January, this is a chance to see one of rap’s finest. Get in quick to see hip-hop’s greatest poet in his element celebrating twenty years of Illmatic and beyond. Nas’ catalog speaks for itself.

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