Category Archives: festivals

been | The New Waves World Tour

The epitome of a Kiwi summer: Sun, wine, and beats courtesy of Kings, Nico & Vinz, P-Money and Six60.

On Saturday, as the sun was beating down and the wine was flowing; the beats were provided by an outstanding line-up of artists.  The ten thousand sold-out crowd were treated to a line-up of  worthy of a festival.

To begin the night, Kings, graced the stage. He set the bar high, performing tracks from his debut album, Chapter One, including Domino, We’ll never Know and his chart topping single Don’t Worry Bout It. The crowd were truly warmed up.

Kings | #IamNewZealand #NikonD7200

Next to take stage were Nico & Vinz. Bouncing and shaking across the stage, their enigmatic performance got the crowd, to part ways with their cheese platters and move to their choreographed dances. Hyping up the punters, they performed, their catalogue of chart topping singles including, That’s How You Know, When the Day Comes and ended their set with Am I Wrong, leaving us all wanting more.

Nico & Vinz | #NikonD7200

Keeping the beats going and getting us just that much more hyped; P-Money took the crowd on a musical journey playing a selection of hip-hop, dance and Kiwi classic tracks.

P-Money | #IamNewZealand #NikonD7200

With the sun finally setting, the warm summer air cooling, and twilight glowing, it was time for Six60’s homecoming. Eli, Chris, Ji, Marlon and Matiu glowed as they made their way to the front of the stage. Every single member of the audience were on their feet during the hour long set. Six60 performed classics including Don’t Forget Your Roots and RIse Up and an encore performance of Don’t Give It Up from their latest EP Six60. Their incredible performance also included Eli and Chris’ signature drum off.

Six60 | #IamNewZealand #NikonD7200

If I was ever asked what a Kiwi summer feels like, The New Waves World Tour at Villa Maria Winery would be a classic example.

Check out photographs from the show.  All photographs were taken on a Nikon D7200.  #IamNewZealand #NikonD7200

SFS | Amy Shark

Australian singer, Amy Shark has had a massive 2017; she’s toured with the likes of Vance Joy and Bleachers, headlined a string of international shows and won several awards including Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist at the Arias. This year, Amy will grace Laneway Festival and Flochella before heading to Austin for SXSW in March. Also, she just hung out with Diplo in LA.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words…
Loud, sunny and boozy.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Future, The Smith Street Band, FKA Twigs.

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
I just love festivals in general; it’s such a different show. I love intimate shows coz I get to really talk about my songs and really get close to the people…. but festivals, they’re like a big party! And I just love jumping around; it’s usually a bigger stage so I can jump around a lot. It’s a good time; especially if you’re on in the day or in the afternoon – It’s a really beautiful light and it’s a nice sort of feel.

Is your festival performance quite different to other live performances?
Yeah it is actually. Obviously the songs stay the same.. but just the way I go about a festival is very different to an intimate sort of show.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
I really like Feels from Calvin Harris, I think that’s such a banger song! It’s got a real cool sitting by the pool vibe.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Adore is usually a pretty big song. Actually, Blood Brothers is pretty energetic. A lot of people sort of know Weekends now; it’s got a real sort of fun vibe. I dunno, I kinda love my whole EP… so I could keep going if you want… but I’ll probably just end up saying all the songs!

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
I have a Pump Up playlist I play before every show, the top 3 right now are:
Go Flex – Post Malone
Don’t Kill my Vibe – Sigrid
Man of the Year – ScHoolBoy Q

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
I love so many Destiny’s Child songs… and I love really old School RnB like Ja Rule. I love Teenage Dirtbag… then there’s a really slow sappy song that’s on Con Air – “How do I live without you….” I bust that out every now and then during soundcheck – so that one’s a really, don’t tell anyone type of track! It’s really embarrassing!

What’s your social media of choice?

Who do you follow?
Kendall Jenner
Joel Little

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
I usually just wear my bra and underwear….. just joking, that’s what everyone else wears.
Maybe a pair of black jeans, they’re usually torn to shreds. Maybe some converse sneakers and just a t-shirt. I keep it pretty simple. If it’s really hot, maybe a singlet… show off a bit of my arm; you know, get the guns out.

Music – Mine
Festival – Fun
Camping – Hard
Fashion – Awesome
Roadie – Always

This year marks 8 years of Laneway Festival in New Zealand and the second year in its dream location of Albert Park precinct. This boutique inner-city festival boasts a line-up showcasing some of the best new international talent. With four individual stages and an abundance of grass, shade and great music, Laneway Festival is set to be one of greats this summer festival season.

SFS | nomad

Christchurch band nomad have been winning over unsuspecting audiences with their heady harmonies and pop hooks. They made their musical mark on the charts with their undeniably catchy single ‘Oh My My’.  nomad are Will McGillivray, Cullen Kiesanowski and Aasha Mallard.  We chat to Will ahead of their RnV billing for 2017.  You can also catch the band at Homegrown 2018.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up…                                

Bon Iver, The 1975, Tame Impala

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?              

Everything about it is fun, playing live mostly though!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?                                                                          

The new Tame Impala B-sides album will definitely be thrashed this summer!

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?                                                                

Our single ‘Oh My My’ always gets the best reaction from the crowd, always great to play.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?                                                              

  • Lisztomania by Phoenix
  • Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales by Car Seat Headrest
  • Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens by Tiny Ruins

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?                                                                                          

Into You by Ariana Grande

What’s your social media of choice?                                                                                             


Who do you follow and where?                                                                                                                    

I follow every musician on the planet and the kanyedoingthings instagram, highly recommend.

What’s your go-to festival outfit? 

Shorts and an oversized shirt + backpack for additional festival storage  

Word association:

Music –  writing

Festival  – Coachella

Camping – Insect repellent

Fashion – Shopping

Roadie – Singalongs

New Zealand’s award-winning NYE festival, Rhythm & Vines returns for its fifteenth year.  Boasting an impressive line-up of music and comedy, this year’s festival promises the perfect backdrop for welcoming in the first sunrise of the New Year. Find out more




SFS | Melodownz

Hailing from the West Auckland, Melodownz has been dubbed NZ Rappers favourite rapper. His latest project Avontales, a narration depicting events that took place in Avondale, took the NZ rap world by storm, earlier this year. He has worked Bailey Wiley on his latest track ‘The Anthem.’ Catch him performing at Wave Front NYE as well as Laneways in January.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

Sunshine, Positive Vibrations

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

Bob Marley, Linkin Park, Sade 

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

Road trips in the sun, the beautiful NZ scenery, meeting new people, eating, and playing shows.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

This years Summer Anthem would have to be “The Anthem” Feat. Bailey Wiley peep that LOL.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

The Anthem Feat. Bailey Wiley Prod. by Baccyard

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

ya’ll dont even wanna know, lol..

It’s Sade – Hang on to your love / Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze / Black Uhuru – Shine eye’d girl

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?

Creed, With arms wide open

What’s your social media of choice?

The Gram

Who do you follow and where? 

My nose, every day

What’s your go-to festival outfit?

Socks, slides, cargo shorts, visor, shades, throwback

Word association:

Music – vibration

Festival – Music

Camping – Tents

Fashion – Gucci Gang

Roadie – Oil and Water


Wavefront 2017 is all set to host an epic Coromandel event to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. Welcome in the tantalisingly new (year) with Alien Weaponry, Benny Tipene, Cymbol, General Lee, L.A. Women, and Melodownz at Williamson Park on New Years Eve.  Buy your tickets now.

SFS | Alien Weaponry

Growing up in a musical household, brothers Henry de Jong (drums) and Lewis de Jong (guitar and vocals)  have been jamming together for years.  They abducted Ethan Trembath (bass guitar) in 2013 for his bass guitar skills and Alien Weaponry as we now know it was born.  

2017 VNZMA-nominated Alien Weaponry is a three piece thrash metal band – hailing from Waipu and getting ready to take over the world!  Performing tracks in te reo Māori, Alien Weaponry write about everything from historical NZ events to things that are specific or significant to them and their Whānau, as well as Māori in General.

We caught up with all three ahead of their first summer billing at  Wavefront NYE festival in Whangamata.


Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

ET: Heavy. Loud. Beachfront.

HdJ: Cold. Muddy. Raining.

LdJ: Alien Weaponry Headlining.


Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

ET: Animals as Leaders / Lamb of God / Pantera

HdJ: Lamb of God / Eminem / Red Hot Chilli Peppers

LdJ: Lamb of God / Trivium / Slipknot


What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

ET: Really looking forward to Wavefront and Soundsplash cos there are lots of diverse styles of music – and they are next to the beach so we’ll get to have a swim. I’m also looking forward to seeing Salmonella Dub, who we are playing with in Wellington.

HdJ: Sharing our music with a different audience that might not have heard us before.

LdJ: Getting the crowd pumping.


In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

ET: I don’t know about anyone else, but for me it’s ‘Physical Education’ by Animals as Leaders.

HdJ: ‘Man’s Not Hot’ by Big Shaq

LdJ: ‘Player of the Day’ by SWIDT


Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

ET: Kai Tangata – we usually get the crowd to do a wall of death right in the middle of it and everyone goes crazy.

HdJ: Urutaa – people always sing along to it

LdJ: ‘Kai Tangata’, which is the next single we’re going to release


What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

ET: ‘Physical Education’ by Animals as Leaders / ‘Another Year’ by Animals as Leaders / ‘Invincible’ by Twelve Foot Ninja

HdJ: ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against the Machine / ‘Without Me’ by Eminem / ‘Ghost Walking’ by Lamb of God

LdJ: ‘The Heart from your Hate’ by Trivium / ‘My Curse’ by Killswitch Engage / ‘Satisfy My Soul’ by Bob Marley


What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track

ET: ‘Portrait #1’ by Twelve Foot Ninja

HdJ: ‘Manamanap’ by The Muppets

LdJ: ‘False Prophets’ by J Cole


What’s your social media of choice?

ET: Facebook

HdJ: Social media makes me nauseous

LdJ: Snapchat to talk to people / Instagram to share photos


Who do you follow and where?

ET: Other NZ bands – e.g., Devilskin, Strangely Arousing

HdJ: Social media makes me nauseous

LdJ: Just friends mostly, on Snapchat and Instagram


What’s your go-to festival outfit?

ET: Pretty much what I wear on stage – a t-shirt with cut off sleeves and a pair of camo shorts

HdJ: Whatever I find in my closet that day, plus a hat (slip, slop, slap and wrap, kids)

LdJ: A black jumpsuit with rainbow suspenders, some clout goggles, a Jesus piece around my neck and a pair of camo Jordan’s


Word association:

Music – Metal / expression / groove

Festival – Germany / crowded / Wacken

Camping – Summer / either really great or miserable / tent?

Fashion – Tattoos / victim / Versace

Roadie – Seth (our lighting tech and all-round helper) / metal as f**k / Motorhead

Wavefront 2017 is all set to host an epic Coromandel event to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. Welcome in the tantalisingly new (year) with Alien Weaponry, Benny Tipene, Cymbol, General Lee, L.A. Women, and Melodownz at Williamson Park on New Years Eve.  Buy your tickets now.

interviewed | multi-talented Director Leo Gene Peters

Santa Claus is coming to town, literally. Santa Claus is the Basement Theatre’s ninth annual Christmas show, and it’s coming to Auckland from Thursday 30th November to Wednesday 20th December. The show is directed by Leo Gene Peters, director of the award winning independent theatre company A Slightly Isolated Dog. Over the last few years, A Slightly Isolated Dog has been exploring how to make a theatre experience truly alive, by removing all barriers between the audience and performers, and this will be evident in Santa Claus.

The annual Christmas show will include the usual host of secret celebrity guests. Team this with Leo Gene Peters’ raucous, sexy, signature style, and this is a show not to be missed.

I chat to Leo, who has worked as a professional director, designer, technician, actor, tutor, facilitator and mentor, to find out more about the show, his career and how he likes to celebrate.

Q: From your point of view, what is the Christmas show Santa Claus about?

A: The show is a celebration of our ridiculous lives, especially the way we build up expectations around Christmas (and our lives in general) and how the real events rarely ever live up to our expectations… it’s a party that celebrates the childhood magic and the adult disappointment of Christmas… it’s a chaotic romp through the Christmas fantasy into the Christmas nightmare.

Q: Should the audience be worried if they haven’t been good this year?

A: No… well, I mean judgement is coming, Santa sees all. He knows when you’re sleeping, and he knows when you’re awake and he’s definitely coming… but I wouldn’t worry about it…

Q: Tell us a little more about the cast of the show…

A: They’re a great group of performers, really charming and very sexy and very funny… and very French.

Q: How have you explored removing barriers between the audience and performers for this Christmas show?

A: We tell the story with you, so the audience is always a part of what we do… we like there to be no barriers. Even with that, some people just watch the shows, some people play with us a bit… we do our best to make sure everyone has the best possible time. We want you to do what you want and have a great time out.

Q: Can you tell us more about using transformational venue experiences, integration of popular culture and interactivity? Are you doing this again for Santa Claus?

A: We love to play make-believe, then create something together and all buy into a story and tell it together in an exciting and entertaining way. This is something that is inherently in us as human beings, it’s why all the storytelling forms exist, we need to dream and exercise our imaginations. We like to play the way we did when we were kids, to make magic happen by turning one place or object into another. There are very few places for us to do this together and we believe the theatre is a crucial place for this to happen.

Q: What has been a key highlight (so far) in creating and directing the show?

A: We spend a lot of time making each other laugh at ridiculous offers for the show… but I’m enjoying most all the stories of our family Christmases that we’ve been telling/hearing in the making process. It’s such a lovely process to reflect in this way and see other people’s experiences of Christmas, whether they’re good or bad, whether they like it or hate… we celebrate them all.

Q: What do you want the audience to feel/experience/get from the show?

A: A great night out that is different from any other great night out… we want people to come and feel sexy and laugh and have a party that celebrates our ridiculous lives.

Q: What would be your best piece of advice to give to the audience before they attend the show?

A: Meet up with friends, have a meal and some drinks, chat about your Christmas plans with them, tell stories to each other… and come to the theatre expecting to have a great time. We will do everything in our power to make you look as good as possible and to have a great time.

Q: How will you celebrate once the show has finished?

A: Probably Christmas with close friends (surrogate family). A lot of food and a lot of drinks. Once the show opens we may have a few drinks as well…

Q: How does Santa Claus compare to previous shows you have done with your theatre company?

A: It’s delightful to be partnering with Basement to create it – we love working in Auckland and especially with Basement. They’ve created a great energy and community in the venue. The show itself is similar in a lot of ways, but very much its own beast… it’s been different to plays with such well known mythology and cultural events that so many people have a strong relationship to.

Q: What do you have planned for A Slightly Isolated Dog, after the huge Santa Clause show? Will you have a break or are you straight back into planning for another project?

A: We’re always planning for upcoming projects… but we’ll have a bit of a break for the holidays for sure. We’ve got a project coming up for CubaDupa in Wellington that we’re really excited about, as well as a national tour of Jekyll & Hyde. And there are a number of other projects in development.

Q: You have worked in many areas – directing, designing, acting, tutoring, mentoring and much more. How do you manage your time? Does the workload ever get too stressful? How do you like to unwind?

A: I try to make sure there is enough time to work through all the projects that I’ve got going at once, but sometimes I just work a lot of hours to get everything done… other times it feels like I do very little… The workload can be stressful, I try to keep up good practices in my life… I try to meditate, I run quite a bit and I’ve been doing Wing Tsun Kung Fu for a number of years as well. And I also enjoy drinking, which is useful…

Q: If you had to choose just one of the above professions to do full time for the rest of your life (you couldn’t do anything else), which would it be and why?

A: I’d direct/create new theatre… It’s a place for us to come together and share our loneliness. To celebrate all the ridiculous and beautiful things about life – to build community through reflection and imagination. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of. It’s amazing to be with a thriving audience in that way.

Q: Random question – what is your favourite food if you had to choose one item or dish?

A: Tricky… Cochinita Pibil.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for the aspiring directors out there?

A: Question the purpose of what you want to make. I think it should be for a bigger reason then wanting people to tell us that we’re good. What are you trying to create in the community? Why should we come together for some event that you want to make? These questions seem crucial, but I don’t think they’re often really examined.

The Basement Christmas Show has evolved from a low-key fundraiser, to one of Auckland’s must-do Christmas offerings. The show sells out every year, so don’t miss it. You can get tickets from $32 to $50 on iTicket.

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Luke Dawson

Inspired by cartoons and streetwear, Gore-based designer Luke Dawson creates trendy, unisex streetwear. His designs are heavily influenced for his love for comics and his latest collection; ‘The Boy from Goreville’, is an introduction to his own comic.

Catch him as part of the New Generation designer showcase.

What inspired your collection?
My collection was inspired by cartoons and streetwear. Always been a big fan of both so thought why not bring them together. The range is an introduction to my own comic “The Boy from Goreville”.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….
Ahh The 3 other designers in NewGen this year of course! oh and me! Shoot that’s 4.

Describe your quintessential customer…
I would say someone who likes to be comfortable but trendy… but not too trendy they don’t like to wear stuff a little bit out there… as in comics on ya clothes.

What’s your social media of choice?
I guess Instagram/Facebook they get a bit boring at times buuut guess that means I need to get off them and do something or go draw/sample or watch a cartoon.

Who do you love to follow and where?
Ahh I’m unsure on this question. Am I stalker? And who do I stalk from a distance? Nah I’ve always been a fan of following I love Ugly. Those dudes have done awesome and are a pretty big inspiration to me. Their 5 panels have always been dope! I have a pretty big collection of them. Would be so cool to collect them all…whoops gone off topic.

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
Where the wild things are – Zeds Dead
Lone (feat. JOY)- Slow Hours Remix- What so Not
Run- Foo Fighters

Word association
New Zealand – Gore
Fashion – Luke Dawson
Music – Banger
Art – Drawings/Pop Art
Winter – Cold Frosts
Holiday – Christmas time!