Monthly Archives: February 2015

Auckland Lantern Festival 2015 @ Albert Park : 26 Feb – 1 Mar 2015

aucklandlanternfestival442Albert Park will be transformed for the 16th year into a festival of Chinese culture, art and cuisine.

More than 800 traditional Chinese lanterns will light up the park, plus there will be stunning performances, theatre productions, signature dishes from a range of food stalls and much more.

Bring the family down for a range of activities for all ages and the fireworks finale on the Sunday night.

Highlights of Auckland’s largest Chinese festival include:

  • the spectacular illumination of over 800 handmade Chinese lanterns
  • a street full of stalls selling delicious Asian delicacies and crafts
  • lantern painting demonstrations
  • lantern-only night on Thursday 26 February – enjoy the beautiful lanterns on the most relaxed night of the festival
  • stunning on-stage performances of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture including martial arts, dance and live music
  • the grand finale fireworks display at 10.30pm on Sunday 1 March
  • contemporary Chinese theatre productions – The Two Farting Sisters and Under the Same Moon.
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Sticky Fingers @ The Powerstation : 21 Feb 2015

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Sydney rascals Sticky Fingers have somehow managed to completely sell out a three-show tour of Australia they never formally announced.Now it’s New Zealand’s turn!

It’s all about sex, drugs and rock’n’roll at a Sticky Fingers gig. The Sydney band, who performed a run of consecutive sold out shows in Australia during 2014 and gave it their all over the New Year period at BW Summer Festival, sending the 11,000 strong crowd into a frenzy with their powerful stage presence, wicked tunes and killer personalities.

Sticky Fingers are a melting pot of psych, rock, reggae, & bourbon. They’ll hypnotise you into a swaying trance, then punch you in the face for dancing like a hippy. This contradictory smash of flavours speaks to every walk of life, and it’s this multiplicity that makes the world their oyster. It all began when the group of friends met a 15 year old Dylan Frost busking outside a pub in Newtown. In 2010, they first gathered attention by unofficially headlining a festival from an improvised stage built in their adjoining backyard. Stickies dropped their debut album ‘Caress Your Soul’ in 2013 followed by their much anticipated sophomore album ‘Land of Pleasure’ in 2014.

2015 has started strong for the band with 3 tracks in the Triple J Hottest 100 with single ‘Gold Snafu’ reaching the top 20.

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Lindsey Stirling @ The Powerstation : 14 Feb 2015

Lindsey StirlingOne of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years, Global social media phenomenon Lindsey Stirling will play her New Zealand debut show in Auckland this February.

Picking up the violin at five-years-old, classically trained Lindsey has created a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, garnering huge attention with more than half a billion views on YouTube and with Billboard chart-topping hits and sell-out world tours.

After wowing Australian audiences at sold out headline shows last year, Lindsey is coming to New Zealand to tour her sophomore studio album Shatter Me.

Appearing first as a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2010, Lindsey Stirling attracted massive support, combining the romance of classical technique with the infectious energy of dance and electronica, eliciting an immediate reaction from audiences.

From this foundation, Lindsey began publishing a wide array of videos on YouTube – both covers and original compositions – capturing an excess of more than 700 million views and nearly six million subscribers.  Her video for her original song Crystallize has garnered more than 110 million views.

Lindsey has composed, choreographed and directed many of her original videos, while injecting her own flavour into instrumental covers through themes from Game of Thrones, Phantom of the Opera and video game themes such as Zelda, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and more, rousing a dedicated following from international gaming communities.

In addition to her loyal and enthusiastic YouTube fans, she has more than three million Facebook fans, plus more than 300,000 followers on Instagram and Twitter.

On the live stage, Lindsey’s performances are even more dramatic, exciting and technically impressive. She continues to rivet audiences with her own unique genre of music and dance.

“The same reasons I was told I wouldn’t succeed are the same reasons people travel hundreds of miles to see me now,” she laughs. “Because it’s different. Because it’s something you haven’t seen before…”

A whirlwind of dance, lighting and pure emotion that will resonate in the memories of her fans, Lindsey Stirling’s show was a pure masterpiece.” Beat Magazine, 2013

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Roxette @ Vector Arena : 7 Feb 2015

roxetteOne of Sweden’s finest exports, Roxette have a string of much loved hits under their belt including Listen To Your Heart, The Look, How Do You Do, Spending My Time, Joyride, Dangerous, Sleeping In My Car, Dressed For Success, It Must Have Been Love, Almost Unreal and many, many more.

Arguably one of the world’s most successful power-pop duos, Roxette this year celebrate the 25th anniversary of their juggernaut hit single The Look reaching #1 on the Billboard US Chart in 1989. This track kicked off one of music’s longest-running pop careers with the duo selling more than 75 million albums worldwide to date. The band topped the Australian singles charts three-times with smash hits It Must Have Been Love, Joyride and The Look, with five of their albums reaching the Top 10 on the Australian album charts.

The band’s come-back began in 2011 with the release of hit single She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) lifted from the album “Charm School”. This, along with their sellout 2011-2012 World Tour, cemented the fact that Roxette were back bigger than ever, much to the joy of fans worldwide.

Roxette’s 2012 tour was a triumphant success, with the first arena shows selling out instantly, extra dates added and rave reviews from fans and media alike. “Unless you’d seen it for yourself, you can’t imagine the mass frenzy the return of Roxette caused,” said the Herald Sun in Australia. “Roxette’s is a back catalogue to die for,” said Life Music Media, while Tone Deaf raved “Every hit gets a big rock ending, every ballad sees several hundred lighters aloft and we love every moment of this trip back to the 90s.”

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