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Fringe 18: Triage! A Nursing Cabaret

If an energetic, vibrant and soulful show is what you’re after, Triage! A Nursing Cabaret fits the bill perfectly.

Australian singer Zuleika Khan expertly carries this one-man show, which blends sharp, clever humour with soulful singing sure to captivate. Examining the demanding, high pressure atmosphere of hospitals through the lens of a real-life registered nurse, Triage! carries a definite uniqueness and intrigue.

And while the content may be dark, Zuleika’s adept comic abilities enable viewers to confront themes of death and disease in a smooth and honest manner. The best thing about Triage!, however? The songs. It’s hard to imagine anyone listening to Zulieka’s powerful, confident and remarkably unusual voice without walking away feeling like they have just witnessed something magic.

Hers is the kind of voice that makes you stop and listen; the kind that deserves to be on a big stage. This, combined with Zulieka’s captivating, confident stage presence, guarantees you’ll be not just entertained but deeply impressed.

Add this to your bucket list, people.

 

Triage! A Nursing Cabaret is running at Q Theatre as part of Auckland Fringe until Saturday 3 March. 

been | St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018 – Auckland

You know the buzzy feeling you get after a concert or music festival that lasts for a few days after?! Yea that is my current situation.

Auckland was treated to perhaps what felt like the hottest day on Monday with a sweltering 28 degrees Celsius! Being from Papua New Guinea you would think I would be accustomed to the heat but far from it! I avoided getting to the festival until much later when it was slightly cooler. And it seems it may have been a smart move with reports on Twitter about massive queues at the festival entrance and people waiting for up to an hour and 30 minutes to get in. By the time I made my way there, there were no queues at the entrance thankfully.

The organizers have created something special with hosting Laneway Festival right in the middle of Auckland City at Albert Park. The lush trees and gardens make such a huge difference to the whole vibe of the festival, definitely was feeling it on the day.

So onto the music. Who did I manage to see? Well quite a good number of quality acts for sure. Not knowing much about this year’s lineup and what to expect, I came away being a fan of pretty much most of the bands I saw.

Noah Slee – Image credit David Watson

Having read up on Noah Slee I thought I’d check out his set and to see what was up on offer. Slee is based in Berlin and hails from Tonga via Glenn Eden, West Auckland. He definitely tried to work the crowd up with some pretty sweet summer neo-soul tunes and mixed in Erykah Badu and Sergio Mendez tracks to the crowd’s delight. Slee had some great energy and finished off his set with one of his popular tracks Radar.

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals – Image credit David Watson

When I got to the main Rotunda stage 10 minutes early for Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals I was not expecting it to be completely packed out. Actually I haven’t listened much to Anderson .Paak but oh boy I was in for such a treat! Anderson had such great energy and the crowd absolutely loved it, I loved it!!! Mixing up some jazz, hip-hop, R&B, the whole ensemble had such a great vibe and everyone felt it. So I now completely understand why there was a massive crowd gathering around the stage way ahead of his scheduled performance.

TOKiMONSTA – Image credit David Watson

TOKiMONSTA served up some killer beats at the Thunderdome stage. It felt like it was the perfect time for it, riding on the high from Anderson .Paak. I wanted to stay for the whole set but ended up rushing back to Rotunda stage to catch the start of Bonobo.

Szjerdene + Bonobo- Image credit David Watson

Playing at the main stage Bonobo brought a live band with him which was great. Also featured was vocalist Szjerdene who has provided vocals on a number of Bonobo tracks including the sublime Transits. A few issues with Szjerdene’s mic meant it was hard for us to hear her which was a shame. Again, I wanted to stay until the end for the set but really wanted to catch The War on Drugs.

The War on Drugs – Image credit Connor Crawford

The War on Drugs played on the Princess Street Stage and it was a great way to end my night at Laneway Festival. After winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album earlier in the day, Adam Granduciel and the rest of the band must have been on such a buzz. Their set was amazing and I was left wanting more. Playing tracks from Lost In The Dream and their latest Grammy award winning album A Deeper Understanding, it was a definite festival highlight for me.

The War on Drugs – Image credit Connor Crawford

Featured image: Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern – Taken by Max Lemesh

SFS | BAYNK!

Jock Nowell-Usticke otherwise known as BAYNK is a singer, song writer and producer that burst onto the scene with his track Sundae in 2015. The standout track led to a slot at 2016’s Laneways Festival and he is back again at this year’s festival. Featuring edgy electronic beats, he will definitely be a highlight with the Auckland crowd on the day.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words…
Losing my marbles

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Flume
Mura Masa
Bon Iver

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
Laneway (2018) because that’s where everything started for me.

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

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

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
Shut Up by Stormzy
I Fall Apart by Post Malone
Dissolve by Kllo

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Taylor Swift – Blank Space but there’s no guilt involved

What’s your social media of choice?
Instagram – because it lets me put my nudes up you should go check them out @baynkofficial

Who do you follow and where?
What? I follow 759 people on Instagram, 361 on twitter and 1000+ on facebook. Am I supposed to list them?

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
Long baggy singlet. Shorts with deep pockets. Black sunglasses and an old pair of shoes because they always get wrecked. Emergency poncho on hand at all times.

Word association:
Music – Ableton
Festival – Friends
Camping – Mosquitoes
Fashion – Gucci
Roadie – Convertible

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.

BAYNK’s Soundcloud is https://soundcloud.com/baynk

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?
Instagram

Who do you follow?
Kendall Jenner
Joel Little
Lorde
Drake

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.

WORD ASSOCIATION:
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.

been | Basement Theatre’s Santa Claus

If you enjoy surprises, impromptu comedy entertainment, and being taken out of your comfort zone, then go and see Santa Claus.

Santa Claus, the Basement Theatre’s ninth annual fundraiser Christmas show is being played until 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 could not have been more evident in Santa Claus.

At around 6.30pm on Friday evening, the wonderfully petite venue saw crowds of (mostly younger) individuals sipping beer and wine before the show. What people didn’t know then was that they should probably sip a little more, to gain some well-needed courage for later on.

The story, which I found quite hard to follow, (after all the laughter and unprepared involvement) celebrated the way we build up expectations around Christmas and showed us how those expectations can then turn into a nightmare.

At the very beginning of the show, each French cast member introduced themselves, chatted to the different audience groups and asked Christmas related questions. They then used the information they had gathered to open the show. Firing statements back and forth from each cast member… “Camilla will be having a friends Christmas this year, as she is visiting New Zealand.” “Well Ben doesn’t enjoy Christmas because…” and so on. As soon as this happened, the audience felt immediately involved in the show, and we were already giggling as we got to know more about other people.

The killer cast of Hayley Sproull, Jack Buchanan, Andrew Paterson and Susie Berry were truly amazing, which was more evident as the show went on. From my experience, each cast member was personally lovely, hilarious and very spontaneous. They proceeded to put the audience members on the spot, encouraged them to be spontaneous (without much choice) and seemed genuinely interested in ensuring everyone had a great time. They were charming, sexy, funny and very French.

The celebrity guest on Friday night was Rose Matafeo, New Zealand comedian and TV presenter. She’s a writer and performer on the NZ late-night comedy sketch show funny girls, and she was a natural in Santa Claus. She was brought into the story of the show in many different forms – as Santa, Santa’s friend and a baby. Each time she provided improvised entertainment in a cool and nonchalant manner.

Many audience members were also brought into the show throughout the evening. One audience member was thrown a New Zealand post shirt to put on and told to run up the stage with wind and snow-like props in his face. Many other audience members were asked to put on a ‘talking’ Santa outfit, and were encouraged to act spontaneously, dance, create handshakes and ‘go with the flow’. A different audience member was introduced into the show as one of the cast’s lovers, which pressed him to think up and share an elaborate tale of how they met.

Overall, the show had incredibly powerful sound effects, and the cast members blasted out some great Christmas songs. You have to go to the show with an open mind, and be willing to join in the fun and act. This play is not for you if you are reserved and don’t like taking part.

Spoiler alert: The show saw us witness one older gentleman from the audience kiss one of the actors in a very passionate, unrehearsed, spur of the moment gesture. It was absolutely hilarious.

The Basement Christmas Show is one of Auckland’s must-do Christmas offerings and sells out every year, so don’t miss it. You can get tickets from $32 to $50 on iTicket.

been | The Weeknd

How do you become a Motherf**kin Starboy?

Canada has given so much to the world….Justin Trudeau, Bryan Adam, Celine Dion, Drake, Maple Syrup and even Justin Bieber!

And another great Canadian graced our shores last night and filled Spark Arena to the rafters….The Weeknd

In his first ever NZ performance, The Weeknd ‘turnt up!” The crowd were treated to one of the best concerts of the year. Accompanied by his live Band, he performed his biggest hits of his career so far. Opening the show with his chart topping single Starboy, the performance set the bar for the rest of his hour long set.

He took the crowd on a musical journey of his career performing singles from his mixtapes – House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, along with a rare performance of Angel – a favourite single of his, from his second album, Beauty behind the Madness. He also gave breathtaking performances of his other chart topping singles Wicked Games, Can’t feel my face and I feel it Coming. Complemented by the visuals and a triangular, floating lighting rig, made for a showstopping concert.

The Weeknd also appeared to be very humbled by the crowd reaction, whose cheers and calls for an encore were deafening. He thanked the crowd on several occasions promising to return to New Zealand every year.

Let’s hope he sticks to his promise so that many more can see the motherf**kin Starboy!