Monthly Archives: June 2015

Katchafire & Kora @ The Powerstation : 26, 27 June 2015

katchafirekora_a3_2nd_show_0KATCHAFIRE, KORA and the Sunshine Sound System are set to put winter on hold playing the Powerstation Friday June 26th & Saturday June 27th

Katchafire are one of NZ’s most prolific live bands and we’re privileged they’ve made a gap this winter to heat up the Powerstation all over again.

After a HUGE summer tour with The Black Seeds and Sons Of Zion, Katchafire headed straight into a US winter where they toured with Rebelution over January. They head back to Europe & Australia this July for a couple of months so we’re stoked to catch this performance on the back of their NZ winter tour run.

Meanwhile Kora have been honing their skills over summer with performances at Homegrown and Kaikoura Summer Fest, all ready to blast out their exciting sonic live set with their brothers Katchafire
Teaming up once more with the aptly named Sunshine Sound System, to present a kaleidoscopic blend of roots, rock, and reggae for your aural pleasure.

Delivering a couple of winter nights, of summer fun, Katchafire, Kora and Sunshine Sound System, Aotearoa’s finest roots, rock and reggae.

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5 Seconds of Summer @ Vector : 18 Jun 2015

5 Seconds of Summer


Good news! The 5 Seconds of Summer ‘Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour’ countdown is nearly over! NZ 5SOS fans have been patiently waiting almost a year for Aussie’s punk-pop boys Michael, Luke, Calum and Ashton. The excitement is high, and we’re gearing up for a night of absolute hysteria!

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Pacific Music Awards @ Vodafone Events Centre : 13 June 2015


The 2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards were held on Saturday 13 June, at the Vodafone Events Centre.

“Navigating the Future” was this year’s theme and the finalists, winners and performers confirmed the future of Pacific music is in safe hands.

The awards celebrated Pacific artists and their music, with 15 awards presented on the night – including a Special Recognition award for Sol3 Mio and the Manukau Institute of Technology Award for Herbs, celebrating their first two albums ‘What be Happen’ and ‘Light of the Pacific’ – with the tribute performance by Three Houses Down getting the crowd up on their feet.

The performers on the night were outstanding – showcasing the amazing depth of talent we have in Pacific music.  The awards ceremony was opened in true Pacific style by Anuanua Dance Troupe.  For the first time every performance was by a finalist – starting off with Team Dynamite, followed by, Sid Diamond, Maryanne Ito, Andrew Faleatua, TJ Taotua, Erakah and K.One.  Every performance was amazing and showcased the depth of talent and diversity in Pacific music.  The evening was closed perfectly, by the big winners of the night, South Auckland’s own Cydel.

The awards were a true celebration of Pacific music and of our Pacific artists – united together.

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Yngwie Malmsteen @ The Powerstation : 4 June 2015

malmsteenposter-auckland - CopyYngwie Malmsteen has been blowing minds across the globe with his incredible guitar skills and showmanship for over 35 years and in June 2015, Yngwie and his band will be returning to New Zealand for the first time in a decade to strike awe into the legions of guitar fans.

With the release of the brand new 2CD+DVD album Live In Tampa the excitment levels are reaching fever pitch. Tombowler apologies to the tousands of fans who will now be on tenterhooks until June but we are thrilled and genuinly appreciative that Yngwie has been able to lock the new dates in. Quite simply, ten years is far too long since Yngwie and band have rocked downunder and out anticipation for what are sure to be absolutely stunning shows is building like a feedback loop.

The Swedish born, but now US based, guitar legend is venerated as one of the founders of the art of guitar shredding. His neo-classical style and the sheer speed of his playing made him the most notable musician in the genre, and he has influenced a new era of music and guitarists alike.

But Yngwie is not known purely for the speed with which his fingers fly up and down the guitar neck. Yes, Malmsteen’s playing is fast, but there’s a crystal clarity to each of his notes that few can imitate. From his ground breaking early work with Steeler and Alcatraz, through his time alongside Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as a member of G3, to his more recent forays leading the Guitar Gods there are few that can compare to Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Over more than 25 astounding albums the Grammy nominated Malmsteen has unleashed countless fretboard blistering solos, with both Fender and Marshall honouring him with his own model guitar and amplifier.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Master of the Stratocaster live in person, and for those extra dedicated fans there are VIP tickets available granting access to an exclusive Q&A session, and for a few very lucky fans the extremely rare opportunity to meet Yngwie J. Malmsteen in person.

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