2017 has been quite a busy and exciting one for us here at HUP. Instead of doing a highlights or best of, Arpie and Ian thought they'd recall each HUP-organised show, as there were quite a few pearlers in there. Click HERE to read more!
A new HUPCAST is here for your listening pleasure, and comes in the form of another 6 Songs Podcast. In each episode of 6 songs, a couple of HUP contributors or guests choose 3 songs each - one Hamilton related, one NZ related, and one random one. A brief or detailed explanation of the track and/or why it was chosen ensues. We hope you enjoy it, and find something that you really like. Remember to support the bands by buying their music where possible! Stream it below, over on our Soundcloud, or download it from -> HERE <-
It’s summer time! At least here down here in the southern hemisphere. So some of you might be off for a spot of fishing. Or perhaps you simply like to watch fish swimming around in an aquarium. Alternatively, you might just enjoy the pagan symbolism. Regardless, it is Christmas, which is a time to make lists. Not so much a Top 10, we look at ten of our favourite songs about fish and fishing! See our selections -> HERE <-
HUPCAST 15 is the first episode of our new '6 Songs' podcast. In each episode of 6 Songs, a couple of HUP contributors or guests choose 3 songs each - one Hamilton related, one NZ related, and one random one - and then yarn about them for a bit. You can stream it below or download it here!
Disjecta Membra formed in Hamilton in 1993, moving to Wellington in 1997. Their debut album, ‘Achromaticia’, was released soon after their move. In February 2018 the band will be celebrating by releasing a 3 CD set, ‘Achromaticia: Twentieth Anniversary Edition’. We talked to Michel Rowland to find out why they have chosen to re-release the album, how he feels about it now, what is featured among its extensive bonus material, and discuss the Hamilton connections in all this! See the full interview -> HERE <-
After the success of this year's Future City Festival, HUP is very excited to be able to release some details around 2018's event!
Next year's festival will take place on Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th, running from 7pm to midnight each night. Friday's venues will be Nivara Lounge and Creative Waikato, while Saturday's action will take place at Nivara Lounge and The Meteor.
In total, 23 amazing bands will play over the two nights, with The Datsuns closing the festival late on Saturday night at The Meteor. Hamilton bands make up a good proportion of the bill, with 5 Girls, Cheshire Grimm, Date Month Year and Glass Shards plus brand new bands Bloodlux and Bitter Defeat. The festival also sees a debut live outing for System Corporation, a band consisting of members of Rumpus Room and The Datsuns. Auckland bands will also be strongly represented with the delicious indie pop of The Beths and The Scones, surf punks Dad Jokes and experimental solo artist Pumice. A further eleven bands will be added in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, earlybird weekend tickets go on sale on this morning, Friday December 15th, over at undertheradar.co.nz. Single-day tickets may be released nearer the time.
In the meantime, 'whet' your appetite with a few tasters of what will be an excellent couple of nights in the city of the future...
Anecdata has returned with a second album this year, 'You Do Not Do'. We review it, and point you to some of the best bits -> HERE <- !!
It's almost Christmas, and it's time to make lists. And who doesn’t love lists? Not so much a Top 10, we look at some of our favourite songs about trains. And why not? Hamilton was the home to New Zealand’s first underground train station, and are we not Hamilton Underground Press? See our list -> HERE <-
As we may have mentioned a couple of time over the last months (soz), Pavement's Scott Kannberg aka Spiral Stairs opened his Aus/NZ tour here in Hamilton this Saturday just gone, December 2nd. The Naenae Express and Wormstar tripped on down from Auckland to play fantastic sets to complete a great night at Nivara Lounge. fortunately for us Ngamihi Pawa was on hand to capture the moments for prosperity. Head over to PHOTOS to see a full photoset!
Day 7 in our '7 Days Of Spiral' series is a doube header. 'Here', is the first Pavement song I ever heard. I was hooked immediately. It's quite probably the best song ever written, and contains the lines 'everything's ending here', and 'the last time's the best time' which is very apt for HUP's final show. The second track is 'Emoshuns' from Spiral's latest LP, which is also very very ace indeed.
Presales for tomorrow night close at 8pm this evening, but doorsales are available tomorrow night too. Until then....it's been emoshunal....