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been | Here Lies Love

If you love live musical performances, then this is a show for you.

The life of Imelda Marcos is narrated through the operandi of music, thanks to the writing genius of David Byrne and Norman Cook (aka.Fatboy Slim).  Directed by Sophie Roberts and with musical direction by Robin Kelly.

The anticipation upon arrival was palpable, and the energy high, as one looked around the lofty quarters of the Rangatira stage, to see a sprinkling of ‘who’s-who’ in NZ TV, Music & Theatre.

The disco themed concept was evident and most welcomely embraced, from the slick and sequin clad 5-pieced band, to the elaborate and glistening staircase, which reflected the luminescent costumes of the show’s star divas.

Ethereal lighting and a gospel-inspired backdrop fall upon songstress Ria Hall, as she opens the stage with powerful and intoxicating vocals, followed by equally as alluring performances by: Villette Dasha, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Colleen Davis and Sarah Nessia.

The suave and polished band deserve a notable mention, with their acoustically flawless rendition of a concept most unusual,  keeping the heady disco rhythm shaking, to the very end ….  A standout for me in particular,  was the percussionist Antonio Karam, whose vivacity and mad musical ability had not only myself, mesmerized.

Conveying the remarkable rise (and subsequent fall) of such a politically controversial icon was never going to be an easy task.  Yet this unexpected collaboration from influential and allying artists (Byrne & Cook) combined with the stage and musical talent of our very own, individually successful artists –  ‘Here lies love’  is a production of great expectation and certain delivery.

By the end of the show, you will be literally dancing in your seats!

Here Lies Love is now showing over these following dates:
November 22 – December 08th
Rangatira @ Q




SFS | Ria Hall

Singer. Performer. Artist. Woman. Love of fashion. Love of culture. Māori. Pākeha. Proud.

Ria Hall is the powerful new force in NZ Music. Her long-awaited debut album, Rules of Engagement, features appearances and production from Tiki Taane, Kings, Laughton Kora, and Electric Wire Hustle. The album showcases her incredible talent as a vocalist and lyricist.

Catch her hosting One Love festival in Tauranga this weekend and performing with Wellington band, The Nudge at Splore this February.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words:
Sun. Food. Vibes.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Kendrick Lamar. Childish Gambino. Janelle Monae.

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
Being out and about playing my new record to the masses! Very excited!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
Hmmm not sure yet, too early to say!

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Barely Know featuring Kings. It’s a banger.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
Pawn it all – Alicia Keys
Heart don’t stand a chance – Anderson.Paak
California – Childish Gambino

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Paranoid Android – Radiohead

What’s your social media of choice?

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
Denim shorts, chucks, singlet.

Word association:
Music – vibes
Festival – vibes
Camping – vibes
Fashion – vibes
Roadie – what you reckon?

Situated in a beguiling bay on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, Splore is an annual, boutique and arts festival like no other. Described as New Zealand’s greatest dress up party, this three day entertainment extravaganza promises a good time, good vibes, and hot showers! Splore 2018 takes place 23-25 February. Buy your tickets here.