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Apr 16, 2024

Heart felt thank you from Event Coordinator-Bronwyn Ririnui

The organizing committee’s dedication, hard work and meticulous planning have been the backbone of this festival.  They have volunteered countless hours of brainstorming, organizing, coordinating bringing this event to fruition. I am truly grateful for their support. The support from our generous sponsors has been instrumental in making this festival a reality. Their belief in our cause and willingness to invest in our community have enabled us to create an unforgettable experience for all who attend. We truly couldn’t do this without them. The generosity from our raffle and auction contr…

Apr 9, 2024

A Taste of Matarangi – a wonderful festival enjoyed by thousands

Time passes but no one is watching the time. People have come from all over the North Island to enjoy. Even the security guards are chilled, enjoying the crowds.  There is no angst to be found. Everywhere the centre stage music was being soaked up by the full range of ages.  The styles or genres of the music differed, but the essence of dancing was in every note. By the time Sugafix took the stage following Francie Lidgard, Cosha and Black and Gold; the crowds were on their feet just grooving to the rhythm and feeling that remaining summer warmth, even with the overcast sky. Now and again …

Jan 23, 2024
Local Events

At The Monkey House this BayJam Weekend

SATURDAY – Two shows   Early Sat night from 7.30pm-8.30pm Auckland improv crew Casual First Date (CFD) creating 100% improvised hilarity!  CFD pull apart true and hilarious stories and put them back together to create a fast-paced sketch comedy show. Featuring anything from horses with office jobs to singing hedges to over-excited flatmates, the normal and the strange get gleefully close, and wits are sharp enough to cause damage.   Most people, when asked, say they don’t know what Improv is until you say “Have you seen that show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ and they say, …

Jan 9, 2024

Whangamata Beach Break a winner!

On Friday, 5 January. This was after it had to be rescheduled from 2023 due to bad weather and broken roads. Miraculously, Shapeshifter was able to get the same line-up of the other great bands -Australian psychedelic-surf rock legends – Ocean Alley, festival shredders -My Baby, and two of the best yung acts ion the music scene -Masaya and Flaxxies who got the energy and cheers going from the crowd ready for the headline acts to follow. All tickets previously purchased remained valid for the rescheduled show. It was a genrous lime-up with these top bands. As with just about all the e…

Jan 9, 2024

Two of the top bands at Coro Classic

From Family Jam Sessions to Global Stages Coterie’s dynamic was on full display at the Coro Classic, where they treated fans to a new song set to be released in the coming months. The response? Nothing short of electric. The enthusiasm of the crowd was a clear indicator that Coterie’s new music is eagerly awaited. This headline act at Coro Classic 2024 has truly made its mark both in New Zealand and across the seas. Our media team caught up with the members of Coterie just after their performance. Coterie is a band of four brothers, born in New Zealand and raised in Per…

Jan 3, 2024

The Black Seeds: Keeping the Beat Alive New Year’s Eve

Barnaby delved into the band’s origins, their musical journey, and shared how the band has evolved through the years. It all started in 1998 at Radioactive, a local radio station in Wellington central where a group of volunteer DJs and music enthusiasts, including Barnaby Weir, began to mesh their talents. This was the birth of The Black Seeds, a band that quickly became known for its distinctive fusion of reggae and funk.  “Over the next two years, we established a sound and got a few more members and then we put out our first album in 2001,” says Barnaby. Their music, simple yet po…

Jan 3, 2024

Three Great Nights at The Coroglen Tavern

Tiki Taane: Soundscapes of a Musical Alchemist Coroglen Tavern – a standout venue Tiki Taane was the main act, Saturday, 30 December at Coroglen. Tiki’s name is synonymous with innovation in the New Zealand music scene. He shared with The Informer about his life’s journey, from his early days in Christchurch to achieving international acclaim as a musician.  Tiki started his first band at 14, in what he describes as a heavy metal thrash punk band, and began performing at 15, quickly realising that his future lay in music. Driven by a strong passion for sound and…