Coming Events

Lloyd Spiegel

Dates: Wednesday 1 August 7pm

Presales $20 from eventfinda.co.nz or Aviary (cash only), $25 on the door

Australian bluesman Lloyd Spiegel brings his high energy solo show back to New Zealand in 2018. As part of his North Island tour he’ll be coming for the first time to Gisborne with a new show, new tales and 2 new albums.

Spiegel's incredible command of the guitar and powerful stage presence is a must see for blues and guitar fans alike and those who just love to be ‘entertained’.

"A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.”–(Rolling Stone)
Spiegel is ALL presence, authority, rhythm and drive. He epitomizes control, soul and
passion with white hot ferocity and blazing instrumental mastery, dangerous enough to
spark a destructive inferno (Terry Riley, The Age, Melbourne)

The 7 time Australian Blues Award winner is a trailblazer in his genre and one of his
country's most recognised guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine's
list of the 50 greatest Australian guitarists of all time.

His 2017 release, 'This Time Tomorrow' debuted on the ARIA independent chart at #4 and
held the #1 place on the Australian Blues Chart for 3 months. The CD picked up Australian
Blues Awards for artist and album of the year and Victorian Blues Awards for song, album
and solo artist of the year.

"A guitarist almost without peer, Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to
operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door" - Australian Guitar Player
Magazine.

No Holds Bard

Dates: Wednesday 8 August

Tkts available @ The Aviary. PBC. $30 (cash only). 7.30pm start.
Ticket includes a 30 min Q&A with Michael Hurst after the performance.

Get your tickets. a.s.a.p. as this show will sell out fast.

Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final ‘dark night of the soul’. The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is.

Arts Laureate Michael Hurst takes audiences on a glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare’s greatest creations - a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry Lear – come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man. An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor’s attempt at self-destruction.

Ticket includes a 30 minutes Q and A with Michael Hurst after the performance.

“….a well-crafted, clever, uproariously funny and ultimately moving journey…smart and witty script…belly laughs of sheer delight…there’s so much to enjoy here that it is hard to choose highlights.” - Theatreview


Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse. (ends)

Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse. (ends)

Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse. (ends)

Julia Deans - We Light Fire Album Tour

Dates: FRIDAY 10 AUGUST

Julia Deans is proud to announce a special nationwide tour in celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘We Light Fire’.

Inspired by world events, friends, and family, We Light Fire is an album that examines both what it means to be human, and our spectrum of strength and vulnerability.

This is a singer/songwriter at the height of their craft.
★★★★1/2 Sunday Star Times

Yep, she can sing, and when she soars it’s a spine-tingling thing because it’s all real. ★★★★Metro

Julia Deans boasts one of the best falsettos in New Zealand. Her razor-sharp voice is intoxicating from the moment it chimes in.
★★★★ NZ Herald

Following her recent support slots on Marlon Williams’ sold out nationwide tour, this will be the first time audiences around New Zealand will see Julia perform her own headline tour with a full band in over seven years.

But it will be a tour like no other.

The music industry worldwide has recently come into the spotlight over its long term issues regarding gender disparity. The disturbing figures show a lack of female representation in all areas of the industry, but especially in the live arena. The percentage of women artists and female fronted bands in festival line ups, or as support artists on tours, are minimal.

A light has been shone on the gender disparity conversation and it has inspired Julia to utilise her We Light Fire tour as a platform to create opportunities for females in New Zealand, and so all of the support artists on her tour will be locally appointed with a focus on female, female identifying gender non-binary fronted bands or solo artists.

The team behind the tour are also predominantly women – booking agent, promoter, publicist, and the majority of Julia’s band and touring crew.

Of the We Light Fire tour Julia says “Throughout my career I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”

I Miss the 80's - Let's Go Back! - Dress up night!

Dates: Sat 11 August - 9pm

You've been asking for it, so you're getting it. It's time to go back to the 80's (again)!
Dress up in your best (or worst) 80's costume, and dance the night away to the best songs from the decade of big hair, bold colours, long haired rockers and excess!
As usual with our themed nights, you will be spirited back to the 80's with our 80's environment at the entrance - including photo area, 80's memories, 80's tv shows, and other retro 80's goodies - TOTALLY EXCELLENT!
Then, at 9pm SHARP we kick the night off in the main Dome Room with the sights and sounds of the 80's - including 80's videos on the big screen, and hours of continuous 80's hits hand picked by yours truly - who was a teen in the 80's - you're going to know every song = IT IS GOING TO BE TRULY RAD!
R18!
Tickets: $15. Only 250 available. Last year we SOLD OUT! Get in early this year to avoid disappointment.
The first 95 tickets will receive an exclusive 80's gift with purchase.
Txt/call 027 5368096 to reserve your tickets, or message us on FB.

The Chills "Snowbound" New Studio Album NZ Tour

Dates: Sat 15 September

The latest postcard from The Chills’ epic journey is an album about “consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance and mortality,” claims chief Chill, Martin Phillipps,. “Hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks.”

Wow! Are rock bands allowed to grow old gracefully and assess the world’s and their shortcomings in the process? Is it possible to swerve the obvious and make something that’s bittersweet in tone but harmonious on the ear? Of course it is.

On “Snow Bound” lost heroes are lamented, relationships are re-evaluated, atonement is sought, mortality is mulled over and fake news is undercut. It’s serious stuff, the thoughts of a dysfunctional 50-something wrestling with maturity and discovering that their post-punk DIY beliefs still have a real voice that resonates between the fans of their early years and which can now pass down to the next generation.

Casting our minds back, we can recall that The Guardian mused, “They sound almost like the musical embodiment of autumn,” when confronted with “Silver Bullets”. Three years on, “Snow Bound” nestles heartily in its own winter of discontent. And all this with a humalong melodic verve, Phillipps’ gift for the tempered dalliance of verse and chorus, and those gorgeous euphoric organ fills. Let the soul-searching commence…

Track Listing : Bad Sugar, Time to Atone, The Greatest Guide, Scarred, Complex, Deep Belief, Lord of All I Survey, Snow Bound, Eazy Peazy, In Harmony.

Consolidating the album out upon the peaks and troughs of New Zealand’s wondrous land and soundscapes, The Chills set off again on an extensive national tour. With main centres, and some smaller towns they missed on the last run, included in the 14 dates.

The band will be joined by very special guest Reb Fountain to open the show.

Don McGlashan's Free Flight NZ Tour

Dates: Friday 21 September 8pm

TICKETS ARE ALREADY SELLING FAST - GET IN QUICK, IT WILL SELL OUT
$35 from eventfinda.co.nz or Aviary (cash only)

Don McGlashan’s songs of love, landscape and mystery have taken snapshots of
life in New Zealand for over three decades. By consistently challenging himself,
he’s achieved that rare combination: wide appeal, and the respect of fellow artists.
His effect on the Great New Zealand songbook is immeasurable.

Since The Mutton Birds period, Don has made three acclaimed solo albums -
Warm Hand (2006), Marvellous Year (2009), and Lucky Stars (2015). His 2006
gospel anthem “Bathe In The River” sung by Hollie Smith has become one of the
biggest NZ singles of all time.

Don has toured Australia, the US and Europe with Crowded House, both as an
opening act and as a band member. He was also involved in Neil Finn’s Seven Worlds Collide project, collaborating with The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, and members of Wilco and Radiohead, and he recently performed on Finn’s latest album Out Of Silence.

In 2012 he led the reformed Mutton Birds on a very special New Zealand tour, as
well as one show at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

His most successful record since his time with The Mutton Birds, Lucky Stars
(released 2015) charted in the top 5 of the NZ Album Chart and saw an
overwhelming number of rave reviews in both New Zealand and Australia.

★★★★★ - New Zealand Herald

★★★★ 1⁄2 stars - Sydney Morning Herald

“The detail in Don’s songs – his lyrics – framed by the strange angels resting on
his shoulders, cresting the wave of each song with him, help to shape and place
this music as moment, postcard, handwritten letter.” - Off The Tracks

“A masterclass in song craft... with an inner world all his own.” - Rolling Stone

POVERTY BAY BLUES NIGHT

Dates: First Tuesday of the month

The best in live music!

Come down on the first Tuesday of the month for the best selection of local music at the Poverty Bay Blues Night. Each month sees a new line-up of musicians giving us a taste of what they've got.

Doors open at 7pm, bands start 8pm. Just $5 on the door