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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’...

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BayJam – a summer afternoon

Whitianga will come alive on Sunday, 28 January with a variety of local music and entertainment, artisanal food, and the charm of Mercury Bay cafes, bars and businesses. With multiple locations throughout Whitianga, there’s plenty of time to explore and celebrate the Coromandel’s finest. The festival includes well know local performers – Let’s Go Descarrego, GRIM, Fei Linn.as well as  Good Gracious Annie (Alan & Julia Rhodes & Pippa Le Leivre) and Sarah Morcom, who recently opened the New Year’s Eve  gig at Coroglen.  Many facets to BayJam Award...

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Busking spectacular in Whitianga

‘The Nations Go Busking’ is a group of young people who are all learning a stringed instrument. How they came together is because of the hospitality of a Coromandel couple, Saskia and Jelte Reimersma. The ‘Informer’ paper sponsored this visit to Whitianga of the colourful, talented group of musicians.    Beginnings: As with many homes in our area the Reimersma’s bush property outside of Coromandel  has some additional accommodation which was created in previous years. Come summer these spaces are filled with young people, starting with the Reimersma’s  Nation family from Hamilton.   Music...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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