Coming up on 26 April, Graeme Jefferies plays an evening of songs from his back catalogue, from his bands The Cakekitchen, This Kind of Punishment and Nocturnal Projections. The Hum 106.7’s Phil Grey caught up with Graeme and talked about the history of his bands, former Hamilton shows, what we should look forward to on the tour, and much, much, more... Read the full article HERE
'The Wetbacks' were a popular alternative Hamilton band from the mid-1980s. The band released a vinyl EP in 1985 called ‘Out of the Swamp’, and later had a song called ‘Don't get Caught’ included on the 1986 National Student Radio compilation ‘Weird Culture, Weird Custom’. But who were The Wetbacks? We caught up with Jeff Sinnott, Dianne Archer, Chris Corby and Pat Hura to explore the memories of a band that one Australian music critic, 3RRR’s Richard Wilde, described as ‘one the greatest bands that never was’. Read the interview -> HERE <-
The Hamilton Music Wiki was first set up in April 2006. Like Wikipedia, it is an editable ‘wiki’ site, but includes information on Hamilton bands, venues, events, musicians, releases and music stores, both past and present. Now almost 12 years old, the wiki currently contains just short of 2500 pages. We take a look at the history of the wiki, and talk to the initial instigators, Dan Satherley and Gian Perrone, about their inspiration for starting it, its intended purpose, and whether they thought it would still be going 12 years later! Read the article - > HERE <-
Ngamihi Pawa's amazing shots of Future City Festival 2018 continue over on the Photos page, with steaming hot action from Day 2. Click HERE to have a nosie!
We would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved in making this year's Future City Festival a great success! The amazing Ngamihi Pawa was on hand to capture all the action - click HERE to see some fantastic shots from Day 1! Shots from Day 2 coming soon!
1. Schedule changes on The Meteor Foyer stage
* Dbldbl is unwell and cannot play this evening
* Glass Shards will now play later, from 10.30 - 11.10
* Pumice will play (again!) from 9.20 - 9.50
2. Presale tickets for tonight are on sale at UTR until midday
3. Wristband exchange
Presale tickets holders can collect their wristband from both The Meteor and Nivara Lounge from 6.30pm
Will be available at both The Meteor (Cash and Eftpos) and Nivara Lounge (Cash only) from 6.30pm ($47.50)
Here's another selection of our fave tracks from some of the bands playing this coming weekend!
1. Miss June - Matriarchy
The opening lyric 'What part of noooo don't you understand?' and that drumbeat....I mean...come on! Swoooooon! I can't wait to see all the bands this weekend, but the thought of Miss June ripping it at The Meteor on Saturday night is very very exciting indeed.
2. The Scones - Greasy Meal (A Song About Trains)
There is nothing not to love about The Scones. The fact that we get them as a full band on Friday night at Nivara Lounge, and then as an acoustic duo (with glockenspiels and other exciting instruments) under the guise of Kitchenette is doubly tremendous. Also, Kitchenette are on Jesee Mulligan's show on RNZ tomorrow afternoon (Thurs) at around 1.10pm...tune in!
3. Being. - High In Mind
Delicious lush fuzzy guitar pop from Jasmine Balmer aka Being. who play Fridya night at Nivara Lounge, FFO The Beths, Fazerdaze etc.
4. System Corporation - Dismal Universal Hiss
Amazing song, amazing dudes, and from what we hear behind the scenes, the bands second ever live show sounds like it will be quite spectacluar. Do not miss them Saturday night 9.55pm on the main stage at The Meteor!
5. Date Month Year - March
Gorgeous pop from one of Hamilton's longest running pop bands. From the symphonic opening through the lovely harmonies, DMY will open proceddings on Friday night at Nivara Lounge, at 6.50pm....get in early!
With a week and three hours to go until #FCF18, we thought it prudent (prudent!) to share with you some of our favourite tracks by each bands performing. Here goes!
1. The Beths - Happy Unhappy
A banging and brilliant slice of upbeat guitar pop from one of the countries finest proponents of such a commodity. Just how does The Beths' Elizabeth Stokes manage to cram all those words into such short spaces of time? Who knows...ask her next Friday night perhaps when they close off the Friday night's proceedings at Nivara Lounge.
2. Cowboy Dan - Happiness
Maybe it's because I didn't grow up here, but I am a sucker for a rull kiwi accent in a good song. It's a reason I fell in love with Hamilton's The Shrugs about 12 years ago in Sohl bar. Anyhoo, that accent, coupled with a sugar sweet melody and soppy (ish) love song and you have just under three minutes of lovely pop, and I'm not sure how you couldn't dig that if you have ears and a heart. Cowboy Dan play next Friday night at Creative Waikato.
3. Dbldbl - I Did My Best // Worst
Auckland-based Dbldbl absolutely slayed at last year's festival with his brand of hiphop leaving jaws on the floor and grins a mile wide, a true surprise for many in the room at Nivara Lounge. There's humour and sincerity in the lyrics, and the beats are what I suspect I should probably describe as dope. Whatever the adjective, heads will be a nodding, steps will be stepped and smiles will be smiled. This year, Dbldbl plays the Foyer Stage at The Meteor late on Saturday, just before The Datsuns take the Main Stage.
PS. As I wrote that last line, it dawned on me just how good this year's fest is going to be. Can I say that? Ermagaaaawd. 18 more bands coming up in the next 7 days!
PPS. GET TIX NOW!
With just under three weeks to go until Future City Festival 2018, we thought it would be helpful to outline some details around ticketing. This year we have made three presale ticket options available...
1. A Weekend ticket - $59 - entry to all venues on both nights - BUY HERE
2. A Saturday only ticket - $45 - entry to both venues on the Saturday BUY HERE
3. A Friday only ticket - $25 - entry to both venues on the Friday - BUY HERE
Doorsales will only be made available if presale tickets do not sell out, so buying beforehand is definitely the way to go to guarantee entry. Please note that numbers are more limited on the Friday night due to the size of the venues. Here's the schedule in full...
Friday 9th March @ Nivara Lounge and Creative Waikato
The Beths, Dad Jokes, Pumice, The Scones, Date Month Year, Being, Repairs, Bloodlux, Cowboy Dan
Saturday 10th March @ Nivara Lounge and The Meteor
The Datsuns, Miss June, System Corporation, 5 Girls, Cheshire Grimm, Dbldbl, The Changing Same, Kitchenette, Rubita, Loudhailer, Punch Monkeys
We hope to see you there!