SAMPHA – THE PROCESS TOUR @ The Powerstation : 24 May 2017

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Since the release of his debut ‘Sundanza’ EP in 2010 and 2013’s ‘Dual’ EP, Sampha has quietly but assuredly become one of the UK’s most enigmatic and respected artists. Still just twenty seven years old, he has lent his vocal, production and songwriting talents to a range of stand out releases, from UK contemporaries such as FKA twigs, Jessie Ware and SBTRKT to world-renowned superstars like Drake, Kanye West and, most recently this year, on Frank Ocean’s Endless and Solange’s A Seat At The Table albums. Now it’s time for Sampha to tell his own story and Process, produced by Sampha himself and Rodaidh McDonald, is set to be his defining musical statement.

2016 has seen Sampha become one of the most in-demand new live acts around, with two London shows at Corsica Studios and The Electric Brixton selling out in a matter of minutes. In fact, every one of Sampha’s UK and North American tour dates this year have sold out.

The 2017 dates will feature Sampha’s biggest headline shows to date, including London’s 2,000 capacity Roundhouse and New York’s 3,000 capacity Terminal 5, plus debut shows at Sydney Opera House, Melbourne’s The Forum, Brisbane’s Max Watt’s and Auckland’s Powerstation

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MOUVEMENT FT. QUIX, LUUDE & MONTELL2099 @ The Powerstation : 20 May 2017

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Mouvement, is a project derived from WE MOUVE. Mouvement is a kaleidoscope. There is no genre. It is a night to project new-gen & forward thinking music. Mouvement is culture. It is a connection of people, that come together.

“There is no such thing as genre, there is just love.”

QUIX (NZ)

Auckland, NZ, hometown hero Jono Schnell aka QUIX, has taken the world by storm. His signature sound in bass has turned heads from the top of the chain, including Skrillex. With releases on OWSLA/NEST HQ/ DIM MAK & Mad Decent, you can only begin to imagine how big his 2016 schedule is. Luckily for us, his management has allowed for his last performance in NZ until the end of the year, he is your headline you do not want to miss.

LUUDE (AUS)

Australian based producer LUUDE has quickly taken a lead over the ditch. Having been recently #1 Draft Picked by Ekali as 2017’s “One to watch out for”.. Do not miss his appearance at Mouvement.

Montell2099 (NZ)

For the first time ever, WE MOUVE is privilledged to host the beat making enigma that is Montell2099. A small town kid, with big city dreams. Blessed by kingpin Mr. Carmack, Montell’s ethereal sound is captivating the world and stealing the hearts with his profound future sound.

DJ Support from WE MOUVE: Kadyn Webster, Sam Lovli and Co-Founder Thomas Gates-Bowey.

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT @ The Powerstation : 18 May 2017

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Devin Townsend Project is obviously the brainchild of frontman Devin Townsend – who released new album TRANSCENDENCE in September 2016. To celebrate the success of the album, they are returning to Australia and New Zealand in May 2017, presented by MJR Presents. The album was the first ARIA charting album for Devin Townsend Project, coming in at #10 in its first week in the charts – all the more reason to celebrate

Previously here in 2015 on a string of sold-out shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – this time Perth and Auckland (NZ) are getting some HevyDevy love. The guitar virtuoso is one of the most celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarists in heavy music and Devin Townsend Projects’ live show never fails to satisfy and amaze.

Over the course of Devin Townsend’s storied career, a single constant has persevered: change. As far back as Steve Vai’s Sex & Religion, which Townsend fronted, to 2001’s landmark full-length Terria to the multi-instrumentalist’s country rock outfit Casualties of Cool to his stunning new album Transcendence, the Canadian isn’t too interested in keeping an even musical keel. To stay the proverbial course is, well, anathema. For certain, he’s far too impatient to write the same Strapping Young Lad song over and over—which is why he folded the band in 2007—and it’s likely there will never be a fourth or fifth Ziltoid album (a third if we’re lucky) because by that point he’ll be in a totally different frame of mind for galactic puppets gone awry.

The man himself is not shy about talking about his process and his varied, long and always-interesting career. This album was a different experience to most in the past and he is excited to bring the show to Australia. He muses about the album process this time around, “The Devin Townsend Project is still essentially a solo project,” he reminds. “One of several, but the difference is that I’ve had a dedicated team of talented folks here that really had great ideas. One of the ways I consciously stepped out of my comfort zone was to the solicit feedback from not only the band, but also to production and engineering. Opinions from people I trust at the management and label, and all with a sense of building a kind of archetype of the DTP sound that would not ostracize people who enjoy the style, but keeping it fresh for me as well. One of the things I did was present my vision—which I’ve always done—and within that framework, I’d massage it with the team. For this record, in those sections, I’d bring it to the band and say, ‘Look guys, here’s what it’s supposed to do. This is how it’s supposed to make me feel. And how the audience is supposed to feel. This is how it interacts with the parts prior and after. That’s why it exists. It’s not complicated because we’re trying to jerk off here. It’s complicated because, in my mind, the emotional component of the section is complicated.”
Recorded at The Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Canada with Townsend and Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Animals as Leaders), Transcendence sounds absolutely massive. From the moment ‘Truth’—a re-work from the Infinity album—monstrously blends into the soul-stirring ‘Stormbending’ to the undulating cool of mid-point jam ‘Secret Sciences’ and Ween cover ‘Transdermal Celebration’, Townsend and crew have engineered a modern-day classic. The sheer scale of tracks like ‘Failure’, ‘Higher’, and the majestic title track is at once daunting and inviting. Transcendence pulls the listener in like a movie score. It has the emotional heft of Rosenman’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and the mega-riff power of Black-era Metallica.

Townsend’s loyal fans haven’t been waiting very long for Devin to return, only since 2015, but they will get the show of a lifetime with DTP playing the new tracks and tracks from their extensive back catalogue, despite the project only dating back to 2009.

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COMMON KINGS @ The Powerstation 13 May 2017

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Pacific-born, California-raised roots superstars COMMON KINGS announce their return to New Zealand for five concert dates this May, in support of their long-awaited debut LP Lost in Paradise.

Common Kings last visited New Zealand shores as One Love festival headliners in early 2016, and previously as special guests to Justin Timberlake in 2014. Since then, their relentless schedule has seen the band join Meghan Trainor on her Untouchable Tour, followed by their own sell-out headline American tour.

Common Kings’ style and music is a collection of inspirations orchestrated into an array of head rocking beats, feel good vibes and emotional fever. Their crazy, fun-loving attitude compliments Common Kings’ live sound, producing phenomenal pop hits with rock, reggae and R&B influences. These influences originate from each band members love for various genres and widespread knowledge of music.

Released in late 2015, Common Kings’ EP Hits & Mrs saw the band spend 20 weeks on the Billboard Reggae Charts peaking at #2. The EP also saw the band named Best International Pacific Artist at New Zealand’s Pacific Music Awards in 2016. The release of ‘Lost in Paradise’ on February 25 saw Common Kings spend the past seven weeks on the Billboard Reggae Charts with the song currently taking the #1 spot.

Common Kings are at their unforgettable best live – don’t miss out on the rock-reggae shows of 2017!

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LIVING COLOUR @ The Powerstation : 11 May 2017

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Living Colour are bringing their 30th Anniversary Tour to New Zealand!

Led by the mighty guitar-slinging virtuoso Vernon Reid, Living Colour set the musical world on fire in the 1980s with their incendiary brand of funk-rock fusion.

Championed by Mick Jagger and credited with opening the musical landscape of the late 1980s with hits like the Grammy-winning Cult Of Personality and the Top 40 smash Glamour Boys, Living Colour broke through musical and racial barriers, opening for Guns n’ Roses and The Rolling Stones along the way.

Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America.

These days Living Colour is a self-contained supergroup with vocalist Cory Glover, aka Rev Daddy Love, drummer Will Calhoun, an accomplished photographer who has played with B.B. King, Public Enemy and Wayne Shorter and acclaimed bass player Doug Wimbish, veteran session man who was a member of the original Sugarhill house band and part of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound.

Vernon Reid has a special connection to New Zealand, having assembled a one-off solo band in 2008 to appear at the G-TARanaki Guitar Fest jamming with GnR guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Living Colour’s next album, Shade, is due in 2017 and is described as “the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light,” according to Vernon Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn”.

30 years on, Living Colour are still a musical force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss them!

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