Lizard formed in Hamilton in 1993, and were active — on-and-off — until 2012. Lizard are currently remastering and re-releasing the bulk of their back-catalogue digitally. We talked to Gwyn Morgan, bass and vocalist from Lizard, about how they formed, their influences, and which of their songs he feels have most stood the test of time! Read the interview -> HERE <-
The new, self-titled, album from Hamilton’s DateMonthYear has been long in the oven. Hp has given it a listen, so head over to the Features page to see what he says about it! -> HERE <-
One of us has a ragtag collection of New Zealand band-related postcards produced over the last 35+ years, and picked up some more unusual merchandise at The Bats gig on Friday - a set of 16 postcards featuring images of a selection of their posters! Here l look over my collection, featuring postcards of The 3Ds, Dimmer, Martin Phillips & The Chills, Tall Dwarfs, The Enemy, The Swingers, Devilskin, Patea Maori Club... and more!
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After a few afternoon showers on the penultimate day of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, the evening sky was open and clear, and the families were out when Fly My Pretties took to the stage. We took it all in, and reviewed the show.
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We are no strangers to Dunedin’s Nadia Reid here at HUP HQ, having hosted her twice in Hamilton, at the Waldorf School Hall in 2018 and then again at The Meteor during Future City Festival 2019. We missed her show at Nivara Lounge last year so were keen to revisit those amazing songs and that incredible voice one more time. Skip over to FEATURES to read our review of last night's show at Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
It’s been a little over two years since The Bats’ last (sellout) show in Hamilton, and they are finally returning to Nivara Lounge on Friday, 6 March! And with support from Matthew Bannister and Bitter Defeat, we are pretty much guaranteed of a memorable night of quality music! HUP spoke with The Bats’ Paul Kean about their upcoming album, ‘The Foothills’, what we should look forward to on the night, and the best bands that The Bats have supported, or been supported by!
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Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there appeared to be two distinct music scenes in Hamilton. One, the ‘alternative’ scene, centred around Contact 89FM at the University of Waikato. The other, more mainstream scene, was centred on the clubs in town. The ‘Waikato Rockers Reunion’ at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival takes place on the Rhododendron Lawn on 28 February, organised by Phil Walsh of Doublebass Promotions, and focuses on this latter scene. Bands and musicians appearing on the night had their heydays in the times of The Lady Hamilton (later Shakes) on Alexandra St and Zaks in Te Rapa. We talked to Phil about who he has organised to play, how he has managed to get them back together, and the limited re-release of Hamiltune – Rockin’ the Tron.
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Arpie caught up with brilliant Hamilton-based indie-folk duo Lhasa ahead of their show with Manchester's Good Habits at Nivara Lounge next Wednesday, January 22nd. Read the interview -> HERE <-
Die! Die! Die! make a welcome return to Kirikiriroa this coming Friday (Dec 13th) with a show at Nivara Lounge with Coolies, OKSUN OX and Sora Shima. Hayden Pyke caught up with band's guitarist and vocalist Andrew Wilson ahead of the show. Head over to FEATURES to read more!