It’s getting closer to Future City Festival 2019 by the day. In the lead-up, we talked to Sam Smith from Auckland psychedelic-stoner-shoegaze-blues-folk band ‘Te Huhu’, about their upcoming debut album Recychedelia’, their distinctive sound, and their own upcoming festival, ‘Field of Dreams’! Read the interview -> HERE <-
Future City Festival 2019 is only a few weeks away, so HUP are catching up with a few of the bands playing the event. Future City Festival's band with the lowest average age is Gisborne punks Sit Down In Front. We had a chat with Cory, Rikki, Jackson and Roman about how a band of school kids from Gisborne have come to be influenced by The Sex Pistols and the Clash, why Cori Gonzalez-Macuer and a contestant from TV show The Block have come to be wearing their t-shirts, and more! read the interview -> HERE <-
35 years since the release of three excellent singles, Beat Rhythm Fashion have a new album, ‘Tenterhook’, to be released on 11 February. Ahead of its release, and of a nationwide tour by the band in March, we review the new album -> HERE <-!
Hamilton six-piece Bitter Defeat have risen over the last twelve months to take their place alongside the many, varied and fabulous acts emanating from Hamilton. Rob Shirlow (vocals and guitar) and Ian Duggan (keyboards) are instrumental in operating Hamilton Underground Press (HUP), and are active participants in and promoters of the local music scene. They are joined in Bitter Defeat by Julian White (also of The Scones, Kitchenette; bass), Sam Brockelsby (ex-Ancient Tapes; guitar), Ben Manning (guitar) and Kathryn Thompson (drums). Read our interview with the band -> HERE <-
'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai' is HUP and The HUM's Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand! Episode 5, our February 2019 Top 10, has started airing on The HUM, and will be repeated each week every Monday and Friday at around 5pm. Here it is as a podcast...
Auckland’s Superturtle play Nivara Lounge on February 23 at an event called ‘Weird and Wonderful in Hamilton’, with The Changing Same, The Scones and Orbjks. We spoke with Superturtle front-person Darren McShane about the bands evolving sound, why they have had a big gap between their most recent albums, and how they came to cover the song ‘Light of your Cutiemark’ from the TV series ‘My Little Pony’! Read the interview -> HERE <-
The final lineup for Future City Festival 2019 is complete!
22 bands will appear over two nights at three different venues - The Meteor, Nivara Lounge, and ZEAL.
Friday March 8
Nivara Lounge & ZEAL;
Sora Shima (Ham)
Ben Woods (Chch)
The Fatalities (Wgtn)
Te Huhu (Akl)
Tidal Rave (Wgtn)
SATURDAY MARCH 9TH
Nivara Lounge & The Meteor:
Carb on Carb (Akl)
Macaila Eve (Ham)
Broadcast State (Ham)
Cartoon Villain (Ham)
Sit Down In Front (Gbn)
Bitter Defeat (Ham)
Presale Tickets - all options are available - you can buy a Friday night ticket, a Saturday night ticket, or a weekend pass. Doorsales will cost more, assuming we haven't sold out, so grabbing a presale is the way to go. Get your tickets HERE
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Ngamihi Pawa was on hand to capture the action at last Friday's HUP Xmas shindig. Head on over to PHOTOS to view the whole photoset. Kia ora, Ngamihi!
HUP is excited to announce initial details for Future City Festival 2019!
Around 20 bands and artists will appear at CBD venues across two nights. The action kicks off around 7pm on Friday March 8th at Nivara Lounge and ZEAL, then continues on Saturday March 9th at Nivara Lounge and The Meteor.
Headlining the festival on Saturday March 9th at The Meteor Theatre will be the incredible Nadia Reid, who has recently returned from recording her third LP in North America. Nadia and her full band played an incredible sold-out show in Hamilton earlier this year, at the Waikato Waldorf School Hall, as part of a nationwide tour. This time around Nadia will be playing in the as a duo, with guitarist and regular co-conspirator Sam Taylor as seen below on the BBC's 'Later with Jools Holland' programme.
An exciting range of bands and artists from across Aotearoa will light up the multi-genre festival, including Carb on Carb (Akl), Te Huhu (Akl), Tidal Rave (Wgtn), Distance (Wgtn), Troika (Chch), and Sit Down In Front (Gbn). They are joined by fantastic local talent in the shape of Hamilton bands Landlords, Cartoon Villain and Bitter Defeat. Around 10 more bands and artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for details!
Coming up on 14 December, HUP celebrates the end of the year with our ‘Third Annual HUP Xmas Party’. One of the five bands appearing on the night will two-piece Cartoon Villain, who had their debut track ‘Don't Blink’ make an appearance on the HUP/The Hum 106.7FM’s Tekau Nga Waiata Pai Top 10 this month! We talked to Wairehu Grant and Albert Bannister about the band; who are their influences, what are the advantages of being a duo, and which cartoon villain would each of them be? Read the interview -> HERE <-