HUP is very excited at 'welcoming aboard' Dr. Richard Swainson of Hamilton's fantastic Auteur House. Richard's film reviews will be published on our Features page, and he will be also be involved in future HUPcasts in the coming weeks. Richard's first review for us is now online, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, which you enjoy by clicking here.
HUP contributor Ian Duggan recently interviewed Stu Rice of now-defunct Hamilton band Chuganaut about how they promoted themselves and found relative success in their not-too-distant heyday. It's a great read not only for fans of the band but also gives an interesting insight into how they climbed the ladder to secure shows at Big Day Out and supporting Iron Maiden. Head over to the full article on HERE.
Some fantastic shots of GPOGP and guests from the show at Nivara Lounge 25/4/2015 from Matt Henry. See the rest of the photoset here MATT HENRY FACEBOOK.
Radio Robotic is a fantastic Hamilton-based radio station that specialises in indie, alt and retro sounds. If those types of music are your thing, and we can only hope they are, you will probably thank us a lot for hooking you up - it is brilliant radio.
Listen in via the tune-in button at the top of their homepage, which you can find by clicking here TAKE ME TO RADIO ROBOTIC AT ONCE or give the hopefully-soon-to-be-strengthened 87.6FM frequency a whirl. You can also find them on Facebook here RADIO ROBOTIC FACEBOOK.
The Meteor's Performance Cafe is Hamilton's leading regular variety show, a place to encounter the city's bubbling underground of exciting and imaginative talent.
Audiences love the quick-fire format, so come along for a great night, and you'll also be supporting The Meteor's mission to provide a stage for your community.
The next instalment is this coming Friday, April 24th, doors open 6.30, the show starts at 7pm sharp. Entry by donation. Featuring:
Jan Maree, poet
Ben Powell, contemporary classics
A Bad Art House Play from Apocalypse Lounge
The New Millennium Beatniks, performance poetry
Bevan Jackson Hall, pop
Tyla Bidois, poet
Nick Clother, the voice!
Date Month Year, rock
Another fantastic lineup courtesy of Chumz and Cam at Nivara Lounge, $10 entry, all ages/licensed. Here's some vids of the protagonists...
Global burlesque icon 'Dirty Martini' is appearing this coming Friday (April 17) at Cabaret Royale Glamilton, a burlesque showcase being held at Altitude on Alexandra Street. Appearing alongside the New York based superstar are a host of burlesque performers from across the country, including Hamilton's own Miss Betsy Rosie Lee and The Gorgeous Glamiltonians . Hosted by the talented and vivacious Felicity Frockaccino, tickets are on sale now from Eventfinder, General admission $30, VIP front row seats $40.
After a wildly successful debut last year, Hamilton Zinefest returns on May 16th from 10am to 4pm at Creative Waikato, 131 Alexandra Street.
A free public event, there will be hundreds of locally made zines for sale. It will also include zinemakers from Auckland, Wellington and further abroad.
Zines are small self-published books. Expect labour-of-love publications on paper, usually photocopied. They may feature art, political fury, poetry, personal observations, journalism, comics, music writing or anything that someone has a burning urge to share with others.
Stephanie Christie, an exhibitor at Hamilton Zinefest 2014 is looking forward to being involved again at this year's event.
"Ten years ago, making zines was the only way I knew to get my poetry out to people. Cherry Bomb Comics put some on their shelves, and one got picked up by a publishing house. They got in contact with me, and that's how my first book of poetry ended up being published. I love zines because they are simple to make, and everyone makes something different. It's fascinating," says Christie.
"Zines are an ever-growing art-form, involving an awesome diversity of people. Self publishing gives an important voice to people who might not otherwise find an outlet for their ideas, writing, and artwork," says one of the organisers, Paul Bradley.
Workshops by renowned comic artists, zinemakers and a publisher will take place throughout the day. Zine aficionado Bryce Galloway will discuss the history of New Zealand zine culture.
To coincide with Zinefest, Garden Place Library will run zine-related events from Monday 11th until Friday 15th May.
For details visit www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz Paul Bradley
Coral Pitcher's new single 'Shooting You Up' is shooting up the charts at theaudience.co.nz. You can listen to the song, and vote for it at least a once a day at the link below. The number 1 song at the end of April will receive a grant from NZ on Air to help with production and video costs.
'Shooting You Up' was recorded just last month at Hamilton's Porch Recording Studio. You can help Coral get to the number one spot by voting for the song, once per day, at the link below.
Visit Coral's facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CoralPitcher