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Ziggy Alberts ‘Laps Around The Sun World Tour’


Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Showtime: 7:30pm

In celebration of the new album Laps Around The Sun, Ziggy Alberts is embarking on his Laps Around The Sun World Tour. Kicking off his first shows this December, Ziggy will be headlining rooms of all shapes and sizes across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, North America, South Africa and South America.

Support from: BEXY

No stranger to life on the road, the world tour celebrates the next chapter in Ziggy’s growing career and will take him to both foreign and familiar lands. With over 100 dates to be announced, be sure to keep a close eye as the shows start to roll out.

For first time Ziggy enthusiasts, we will give this away – Ziggy is an energetic performer with songs that carry powerful messages about his passion for the ocean & environment, love stories and memories of being on the road as a touring musician. Somehow Ziggy continues to truly connect with his audience, despite the growing room sizes at every show. Expect your night to be a musical journey of dancing, sing-a-longs, and unplugged favourites, with Ziggy having the crowd bouncing one moment to silently swaying the next.

Tui Mamaki


Doors Open: 7:00pm – Showtime: 8:00pm

Stories of love, harvest, death and transcendence, featuring powerful, hypnotic vocals, tampura drone instruments and acoustic/electric guitars. With music as a meeting place, TUi’s music also becomes a playground for the phenomenal and poetic percussionist DOUG BRUSH.

TUi MAMAKi (formerly of The Mamaku Project) disappeared to Bulgaria in 2014… Where is Bulgaria!? It is in her childhood record collection, in her impossible dreams, as far east in Europe as you can go, and now, deeply woven into her voice & being, as TUi trained for the last 3 years in the techniques and repertoire of that obscurely-famous Bulgarian folklore.

Through this kind of exile/immersion TUi has uncovered a new sound for herself – a super intimate kind of Neo-Folk, underpinned by hypnotic odd-meter Bulgarian rhythms, and clothed in delicate and dreamy, eastern-tainted melodies. The English language lyrics soften the distance and make for a strangely familiar exoticism.

DOUG BRUSH is an extraordinarily versatile percussionist, bringing a world of experience and some fascinating percussion instruments to the stage. Trained in America, Cuba, Spain, North India, South India, North and West Africa, and after performing, teaching and recording all over the world, Doug has put down roots in NZ since 2010.

Chelsea Jade ‘Personal Best’ Album Release Tour


Doors Open: 8:00pm – Showtime: 9:00pm

“New Zealand’s Accidental Dream Pop Hero” – Noisey

“Chelsea Jade’s presence is ethereal” – DAZED

“Chelsea Jade is a master of awkward, weirdo intelligence” – i-D

Captivating performance artist and singer songwriter, Chelsea Jade, returns to New Zealand this November for three shows to celebrate the release of her debut project, Personal Best.

Off the heels of her latest single “Laugh It Off”, a sold-out performance at New York City’s Mercury Lounge, and her second APRA Silver Scroll Nomination in as many years, Personal Best was released on July 20th.

“Personal Best represents the ability to measure yourself only against yourself,” says Chelsea of the 11 track project. “It’s becoming an athlete in accepting, for better or worse, all of the parts of yourself.”

Continuing to raise the bar visually, Personal Best includes Chelsea’s previous releases of “Low Brow”,”Life of the Party”, “Ride or Cry”, “High Beam” and “Laugh it Off” – as well as producer credits from Pilbrow, Big Taste (Justin Bieber), Sam McCarthy (BOYBOY) and Brad Hale (Now Now). To date, Chelsea has garnered the attention of i-D, Noisey, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, DAZED, The FADER and more.

With a focus on literate lyricism, Chelsea Jade harnesses an art school approach through her low impact, high drama vocal performance and lateral visual sensibilities. In short, Chelsea immediately captivates. Born in Cape Town, South Africa and raised in New Zealand, she began as a dancer and gravitated towards music early on, falling in love with the conversation between the ballet pianist and her own movement. Eventually being caught between the high concept world of art school and a romance with the immediacy of pop music, Chelsea abandoned her studies in the middle of exams and fled to New York for a series of writing sessions with Justyn Pilbrow (The Neighbourhood). A fan-girl encounter with producer Dre Skull in a Tokyo elevator lead Chelsea to realize that the US was the pop mecca she had been dreaming of and in late 2015, she relocated to the east-side of Los Angeles. A two year writing intensive followed, working with producers like Pilbrow, Big Taste [Justin Bieber], Sam McCarthy [BOYBOY], and Brad Hale [Now Now]. From these sessions, Chelsea executive produced the full-length debut, Personal Best.

Princess Chelsea – Cancelled

This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact info@bluesmoke.co.nz with any queries.

The Loneliest Girl NZ tour will be the first time Princess Chelsea has performed to New Zealand audiences in three years. It sees Chelsea and her band return home after an extensive “Planet Earth” circuit of the U.K, Europe and Korea.

“I’ve got some new band members, which is pretty cool,” she says “and we have spent the last three months tightening our live set before touring the album ..

Back in June, Princess Chelsea gave us a glimpse into her latest musical outing in the form of new song ‘I Love My Boyfriend’. A deceptively clever 60s garage rock song discussing an internal struggle with monogamy.

“a DIY pop song that subverts the rules” – NOISEY UK

The video was self – directed and edited by Chelsea.

The Loneliest Girl was recorded by Chelsea between 2016 and 2017 in her home studio in West Auckland, New Zealand with production assistance from label-mate Jonathan Bree. Chelsea’s trademark arrangements featuring classic 80s Synths (Yamaha DX7, Roland D-50), ambient guitars, and orchestral instruments are all here but are presented in a more refined and simple manner than on her previous releases.

A classically trained pianist, Nikkel lent her talents to self-professed “circus punk” act Teen Wolf in the mid-2000s, and later in the touring lineup of indie pop outfit the Brunettes. When she wasn’t performing, she worked as a composer for a local recording studio, all the while refining her songwriting and production skills. Her full-length debut as Princess Chelsea, Lil’ Golden Book, was released in late 2011 by New Zealand label Lil’ Chief, and included the viral YouTube hit “Cigarette Duet” (nearly 41 million views and counting).

Jonathan Bree – Cancelled

This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact info@bluesmoke.co.nz with any queries.

November Sleepwalking tour will see “The Master of Misery” perform in New Zealand for the first time since 2017s’ Others Way Festival. Joined by his faceless band, audiences will get the chance to hear album singles ‘Fuck It’ which topped the 95bFM charts in June 2018, ‘You’re So Cool’ – Time Out New Yorks, best music video of 2017 as well as ‘ Valentine’ and ‘Say You Love Me Too’.

Jonathan Bree’s third solo album, Sleepwalking was released in June 2018 via the artist / producer’s own label, Lil’ Chief Records. It saw the emergence of the mysterious masked band. They first appeared in his music video for ‘Weird Hardcore’ (from second album A Little Night Music) but who suddenly caught everyone’s attention with Jonathan’s self-directed music video for the release of ‘You’re So Cool’.

“Sleepwalking is a record of sublime and sophisticated classic pop that conspires to lead you, willingly, into its dark night… You won’t want to wake from this beautiful nightmare” – NZ Herald

“…Jonathan Bree has chosen a darker path, scattered with minor keys, darkly intoned, gloomy lyrics, and music as sparse and intricate as the Brunettes’ music was stuffed full of light…. Refined and classy — with no sweat or blood spilled, but plenty of hearts bruised and broken — the record is a subtle and sophisticated listen made by a master craftsman whose beating heart is laid bare for all to see just below the glossy surfaces.” – AllMusic.com

“listening to his new album is like imagining the masked artist sneaking up behind you and whispering his sophisticated pop tunes into your ear – it’s gently hypnotic and ever so slightly disquieting.” – undertheradar.co.nz

“Doubts, disappointment, despair and dejection. They’re all there, but wrapped up in such an ironically gorgeous package, you’d hardly know it.” – Radio NZ National

Congress Of Animals – The Strange Caravan Tour


Doors Open: 7:30pm – Showtime 8:00pm

A Strange Caravan travels its way around New Zealand this spring

A collective of renowned kiwi songwriters and solo artists, tracing lineage to many of NZ’s most loved bands, join forces this spring to bring you The Strange Caravan Tour.

The tour features Bret McKenzie, Age Pryor, Justin Firefly, Nigel Collins and Ben Lemi, whose musical projects include Fly My Pretties, Trinity Roots and Flight of the Conchords to name but a few. This five piece ensemble now congregate to showcase new original songs in intimate live settings across the country this November and December.

Starting as a series of jam sessions between old friends, the group of songsmiths has blossomed from an ad hoc hangout to full musical partnership over the last eighteen months.

Age Pryor explains;”Justin, Nigel and Bret were getting together to try out tunes, and I joined when I happened to be in Wellington – Justin and I had done the same thing before, in jams that became the Woolshed Sessions album. The multi-talented Ben Lemi was the last to join the group, and turned out to be the missing piece of the evolving jigsaw.”

These 5 musicians will be hitching their wagon and travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand for the very special Strange Caravan tour.

Congress of Animals and Under The Radar presents



Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords)

Age Pryor (Fly My Pretties, Woolshed Sessions, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra)

Justin Firefly (Fly My Pretties, Woolshed Sessions)

Nigel Collins (Flight of the Conchords, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra)

Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots, French For Rabbits)

Glass Vaults


Doors Open: 7pm – Showtime: 9pm

This is a one off performance by psych-pop outfit Glass Vaults and their only headline Christchurch show of 2018. A rare chance to catch this force majeure of alternative art-pop in the garden city.

Joined on the night by low-fi fuzz-pop virtuoso Ben Woods.

wonky sun-soaked rhythms and effortlessly cool vocals” – Wonderland Magazine

“…absorbing and richly crafted pop…” – GOLD FLAKE PAINT

Enthralling New Zealand psych-folk” – CLASH Music

“…lush, vibrant, and utterly cool… – THE REVUE

Since their conception in 2010, merchants of bliss Glass Vaults have produced a stream of releases and transcendental live performances which have developed into a unique brand of psychedelic pop.

Conceived in Wellington, New Zealand by Performance Design graduates, Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce, the band continues to work closely with producer Bevan Smith (Carpark Records) who has become an integral part of the band and sound.

During this time they have released two acclaimed LPs and three EPs, played to capacity crowds inside drained swimming pools and humid forests, toured throughout New Zealand, Australia, U.S.A and taken up residence in New York while maintaining strong critical praise. Their early collection of EP’s, written and recorded in rooms and studios throughout New Zealand, are atmosphere driven, hazy and slower paced.

With the release of Sojourn (2015, Flying Out) and The New Happy (2017, Melodic Records) the band has begun to peel away the hazy veneer to reveal precision crafted pop songs with groove, immediacy and striking clarity.

Elemeno P ‘Louder Louder’ NZ Spring Tour


Doors Open:7:30pmpm – Showtime: 8:30pm

Iconic kiwi rock group, Elemeno P are excited to hit the road on their upcoming 7-date New Zealand Spring tour – their most extensive run of regional dates in over a decade!

As one of Aotearoa’s quintessential rock groups, the much-loved five piece will ring in the warmer climates with fans from all across the country as they revisit the classics (and the deep cuts) for a special set of shows not to be missed.

Wreckless Eric


Doors Open: 7:30pm – Showtime 8:30pm

David Roy Williams Entertainment Presents: Wreckless Eric

Talk about Wreckless Eric and what immediately comes to mind is his enduring hit Whole Wide World – covered in stadiums and sheds from Aberdeen to Alabama – but there’s a whole lot more to the story than just that.

With over 40 years of recording and touring behind him he shuns the dictates of nostalgia and doesn’t do comebacks for the simple reason that he never went away.

Except maybe where the Antipodes are concerned.

An original Stiff Records artist in 1977 alongside Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, the Damned and Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric is one of England’s great underground songwriters. His classic “Whole Wide World” has been covered by the Monkees, Green Day, the Replacements, the Proclaimers, Will Ferrell (in Stranger Than Fiction) and even Marilyn Manson. Mental as Anything, whose Reg Mombassa & Peter O’Doherty are special guests for one of Eric’s Sydney shows, had a hit with the song themselves in the ’90s. It stands alongside the Only Ones’ Another Girl Another Planet and the Undertones’ Teenage Kicks as one of the evergreens of the punk era. His other hits from that time include Semaphore Signals,Reconnez Cherie, Hit & Miss Judy, Broken Doll and A Pop Song.

For his early work alone he deserves his place alongside Ray Davies, Robyn Hitchcock, Kevin Ayers and Squeeze’s Difford & Tilbrook as one of England’s great iconic songwriters, though comparisons are beside the point because, like all great artists, he has something entirely unique.

In 1981 Wreckless Eric / Eric Goulden left Stiff Records, turned his back on mainstream success and went underground. He formed a fiercely independent garage band, The Len Bright Combo, with two ex-members of The Milkshakes and released a couple of DIY albums. A string of completely homemade albums followed – Le Beat Group Electrique, The Donovan Of Trash, 12 O’Clock Stereo,Karaoke, Bungalow Hi, each with a unique character. Though his work was often derided and frequently misunderstood he toured relentlessly, playing to small audiences across the UK, mainland Europe and the United States.

In 2006 he formed a band with his wife, the American songwriter and musician Amy Rigby. They made three albums together as Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby and carried on the non-stop touring until 2015 when Fire Records reissued Eric’s post-Stiff Records output and a new Wreckless Eric album, ‘amERICa’, to critical acclaim.

Eric’s post-Stiff work has had an impact on a younger generation of artists, including bands such as the Pink Tiles, Dick Diver, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and the Girlatones, members of whom will be opening shows for Eric on his Antipodean tour this November.

Wreckless Eric has not toured in Australia and New Zealand since 1980. He says he was busy, it was a long way, and nobody ever asked him.

Eric will perform completely solo with acoustic and electric guitars – he has no need of a band, so please don’t ask – his shows are loud, dissonant, lyrical, gently melodic, uplifting and strangely moving. He plays material spanning his whole career, including tracks from his acclaimed new album Construction Time & Demolition, a musically complex trawl through the psyche of a man with plenty to say and nothing to lose.

“He sets his seared vistas to the most uplifting, glorious, celestial seismic lurch” – Goldmine

“Amid all the bleakness and despair, Goulden emerges as a true shining light” – Mojo

“Gut-wrenching, heart-rending and brilliant.” – Q Magazine

“Sardonic and soulful… hilariously outraged and superbly tuneful.” – Dusted

The Nukes ‘Family Show’


Doors Open: 3:30pm – Showtime: 4pm

The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love.

The innocent little uke is the instrument of choice and people will be staggered by what the Nukes are able to achieve with it. Great songwriting, musicianship and 3-part harmony combine to create a truly memorable, entertaining experience.

Aotearoa’s favourite original ukulele trio began life in a humble but spectacular fashion way back in the heady days of 2008. Founded by Dave Parker, Ben Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele, The Nukes promptly set about carving themselves a cozy niche in the cutthroat world of the New Zealand ukulele scene. Many roads have been travelled in the decade since, many songs have been sung and many challenges overcome.

Now, with the soul wrenching retirement of the inimitable Snapper Thiele, The Nukes face a turn in the road and a fresh set of possibilities.

Dave and Ben have recruited multi-instrumentalist Mike Burrows to help ease their aching hearts, kiss their boo boos and make it all better. What will this mysterious stranger bring to the party? Only time will tell.

Luckily you won’t have to wait too long because the lads are coming back down to Canterbury with Public shows and workshops at Balcairn, Lincoln, Lyttleton, Timaru and Christchurch

It’s the new Nukes.

Do try it.

Excellent Soul Therapy – Reunion Show


Doors Open: 8:00pm – Showtime: 9:00pm

Powerful forces have somehow aligned, and against all the odds, the Universe has provided us with one more session of…….

Excellent Soul Therapy!

EST, as they were known, were a Christchurch band in the early to mid 90’s. A core four piece of Sly Boy, Willy J, Kane and Brother C, created a huge, dynamic sound encompassing many genres including Reggae, Dub, Funk, Soul, Psych-rock, just to name a few.

Many later shows also included Pete and Conan on horns, both before and as they became part of the fast growing Salmonella Dub.

Due to various reasons EST stopped playing in the latter 90’s, but after a long hiatus have decided to get back together for one more fun and groovy show in their spiritual home of Christchurch.

On Saturday 3rd November 2018, they will light up the stage at Blue Smoke, well supported by DJ Skid Mark

So, you Awesome Tribe, if you remember them, and the fun you had back in the day, come down and reconnect, they’d all love to see you there!

Peace and Love to you All!

Anika Moa Album Release Tour


If Anika Moa was feeling ready to kick back for the remainder of 2018, then things haven’t really run to plan. In fact it’s about to get a whole lot busier for the multi-talented entertainer with a new album release, tv series and live shows all on the way.

Earlier in May, eighteen years after her debut recording on American soil, Moa headed to the vibrant musical hub of New Orleans to record her sixth studio album. The self-titled album, Anika Moa, is set to be released through Universal Music on 5th October.

“This album saw me heading back to America to record in one of my favorite cities in the world – New Orleans. It’s full of life, romance and a touch of crazy which is what I needed for the new songs I was bringing to the table” says Anika.

“Showing this new album off is like having a baby in a way. Your proudest moment with tumultuous moments in-between. I am very proud of this music!”

Producer Brady Blade has enlisted a super-band, with himself as drummer, Doug Pettibone (John Mayer, Lucinda Williams, Marianne Faithfull, Tracy Chapman)playing guitars and pedal steel, and Tony Hall (The Neville Brothers, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Dave Mathews) on bass. Other locals have also popped in to guest; US/Swedish artist Anders Osborne on guitar, Joe Ashlar (Dr. John) on keys and Mike Dillon, percussion. Completing the team was Texas-based engineer, Chris Bell (Destiny’s Child, The Eagles, Erykah Badu, Don Henley).

The result is a 10-track collection of some of Anika’s clearest and most captivating music. Her familiar melodic blueprint journeys through folk, pop and Americana. Led by acoustic guitar, peppered with lazy pedal steel and resonant piano and finessed with slick production Moa’s emotive and intelligent lyricism and engaging storytelling ebbs and flows between love, pain, sadness, joy, and adoration.

To celebrate the album release, Anika is also assembling her band to perform live shows in the main centres.

‘Avantdale Bowling Club’ On Tour


Doors Open: 7:30pm – Show time: 8:30pm

Following on from a No.1 New Zealand album, Tom Scott is taking his Avantdale Bowling Club project live in October and November. “This record has so much potential for interpretation. It was made to be played live. I can’t wait to move this from the rehearsal room to the stage” says Scott.

The band comprises some of the country’s finest jazz musicians in Julien Dyne (Drums), Tonga Vaea (Keys and Trumpet), Ben Turua (Bass) and JY Lee (Sax) together with special guest vocalists.

“These are some of my heroes. When I turned 18, the first place I went to was the London Bar to watch Ben Turua and Julien Dyne – now they are in my band…crazy”

Avantdale Bowling Club has been three years in the making, primarily at Red Bull Music Studios Auckland, and the release was celebrated by critics and music-lovers alike, delivering the highest-selling local album. Advance orders for the vinyl version (late October release) have sold out and a second run is being pressed to meet demand.

“Avantdale Bowling Club is a powerful, personal, deeply musical piece of work.” – Nick Bollinger, The Sampler RNZ

“Scott has peaked musically on ABC and even if he’s not performing all the instrumentation involved, he’s clearly a phenomenal writer and visionary’. – Mike Alexander, Stuff/Sunday

“As an album, it cements Tom as not just one of New Zealand’s best rappers, but one of the better songwriters working in any genre”. – Dominic Hoey, The Spinoff

“We can marvel in his latest offering which well and truly cements his spot as one of New Zealand’s best ever lyricists.” – Sam Smith – Radio13

Courtney Marie Andrews (USA)


Blue Smoke open from: 5:00pm – Showtime: 6:00pm

We’re over the moon to bring Courtney Marie Andrews to the Blue Smoke stage this October. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of country music’s best kept secrets perform an intimate concert on a Sunday evening. Book a table for your family and friends and make a night of it, delicious food on offer throughout.

Support From: Richard Dada

We will have a special concert menu for this evening. Watch this space for details!

Courtney Marie Andrews spent over nine months of 2017 on the road, with multiple trips across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. That’s nothing new for Andrews, though. She’s been touring relentlessly since leaving her Arizona hometown at 16. It’s a life that inspired much of her 2016 breakthrough album, Honest Life. While that album’s themes spoke to the isolation and rootlessness inherent in a life on the road, most of its songs were actually written during an intentional, extended break. The success that followed its release, however, didn’t afford her the same break to write the material for her new album.

Although May Your Kindness Remain was predominately written on the road — in the van, in hotels, and in the homes of family and friends — it’s not a road record like its predecessor. That is, it’s not so much inspired by her life on the road so much as it is by the people she’s met along the way. It’s an inward reflection on the connectivity of their stories and her own. “More than anything,” she says, “it got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family. It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues.”

Richard Dada makes creamy low-fi psychedelic music. Richard Dada is anti-art, anti-war, anti-nationalism, the rejection of logic, rejection of capitalism and the expression of nonsense. Richard Dada is the solo project of Richard Larsen, creative driving force behind off kilter pop outfit Glass Vaults.

Sex On Toast ‘Rough’ EP Release Tour


Blues Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Showtime: 8:30pm

At long last, Sex on Toast are ready to unveil their latest EP… Rough.

The record signals the completion of the double EP project Rough and Ready. 016’s Ready was a light and joyous affair, with horn arrangements, pianos, both electric and acoustic, high falsetto and tight 70’s backbeats.

Rough EP shifts that palate with sparse ballads, slow jams, uptempo, Minneapolis stomp, heavy metal, 12” mixes, drum machines and industrial noise. Think of Rough as Ready’s moodier older cousin.

So tune into this recorded event for surround sound tales of unrequited love, parties, betrayal, break-ups, yearning, burning, limerence and legend.

Tiny Ruins ‘How Much’ Tour


Blue Smoke Open: 7pm – Showtime: 8:30pm

In celebration of the ‘How Much’ release, Tiny Ruins will be playing Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington as the full band line up late October – early November.

Support from: Ben Woods

“How much would you be willing to give?” Fullbrook asks point-blank in the first offering from their anticipated third album, ahead of woozily discordant strings and a stomping neo-psychedelic rhythm. The lyric brims with imagery of supermarket breakdowns, lilos, snarks and silos while an anthemic guitar hook soars throughout. Not content to leave the song at a stable conclusion, a thumping ‘I am the Walrus’-esque bass outro propels the track boomerang-style back to a space of adroit experimentation.

Prior to these shows, the full band heads to the UK / EU for a month long tour late August through September. On the journey home, Tiny Ruins will tour Australia solo with Milk! Records icon, Jen Cloher preceding supporting The Chills on their nationwide NZ tour.

A group renowned for their electric dynamic live on stage, Tiny Ruins have toured the world many times over in solo and varied group formations. They have played stages across countless cities with Sharon van Etten, Calexico, The Handsome Family and more.

“Fullbrook’s hushed yet forceful songs, packed with obsessives and resilient loners, demand your full attention.”

– Q Magazine

“She is always looking uneasily toward the next line, or moving toward mysticism. In sentimental contexts, she generates lines of wicked ambition.”

– The New York Times

“It’s hard not to be captivated by Fullbrook and her intimate brand of storytelling, as she draws you in with quiet charisma and charm.”

– Consequence of Sound

Harry Lyon ‘To The Sea’ Album Tour


Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:00pm

To the Sea is the first solo album for Harry Lyon. Produced by Lyttelton’s music auteur Delaney Davidson the album showcases Harry’s array of styles and influences with classic Kiwi rock, New Orleans vaudeville, Latin, Pasifika, country and a Christmas ballad for good measure. Lyrically subjects range from love songs, a life well lived and Harry’s usual wry political and social observations.

Harry was co-founder, guitar player and songwriter with NZ Hall of Fame band Hello Sailor. His songwriting credits include, Lying in the Sand and Watch Your Back from Sailor’s award- winning first album, Dr I Like Your Medicine, 1981 Single of the Year for Coup D’Etat, and Muscles, that featured on Midge Marsden’s Burning Rain album and was a 1991 APRA Silver Scroll finalist. He also played with The Pink Flamingos, Hammond Gamble and The Legionnaires for whom he wrote the Top 20 single You Bring Out the Worst in Me.

For his To the Sea tour, Harry has assembled a band of music heavyweights, most with a strong connection to the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) where he worked until mid-2017. He said he’s “Really honoured these guys all said yes straight up and the feeling at rehearsals is great.”

Harry’s set for the tour will feature some Sailor favourites, songs from Harry’s back catalogue, and of course some from his much-anticipated solo album “To The Sea”. Audiences also can expect some special guest cameo performances.

“To the Sea” will be released October 5th CD/LP/Digital. (Norm Records/ Southbound Distribution)

The Band

Tony Waine, Bass: Tony is an APRA Silver Scroll winner and founder of award winning kiwi band The Narcs. The band’s debut gold album Great Divide earned 5 RIANZ Awards including Single of the Year for their Top Ten hit Heart and Soul. The Narcs were one of the first Kiwi acts to have records released worldwide and they continue to record, recently releasing the single/video Summerhill Stone. Tony has written songs with Shona Laing, Buzz Moller and Authur Baysting. He produced the Best of the Narcs album and Christchurch The Music, the double CD compilation.

Stephen Small, Keys: In twenty years of studio recording and live performances, Stephen has worked alongside many luminaries of popular music, such as Jaz Coleman, Belinda Carlisle, Beth Hart, Graeme Downes (Verlaines), Hammond Gamble, Autozamm, Bonnie Tyler and Leo Sayer. He has arranged and directed music for radio broadcasts, televised studio concerts and large outdoor events in New Zealand. Stephen is Music Director and arranger for legendary Grammy-winning New Age artist Kitaro. He produced the Pop Album of the Year (2012) for New Zealand singer-songwriter Jamie McDell (EMI/Universal) and has accompanied on piano singers such as Dame Malvina Major and the late Sir Howard Morrison.

Josh Sorenson, Drums: Josh is an in-demand drummer and respected music educator. He has played, toured, and/or recorded with a veritable who’s-who of NZ music artist, including; King Kapisi, Sola Rosa, Annie Crummer, Nathan Haines, Joel Haines, Hammond Gamble, Rikki Morris, Debbie Harwood and Hello Sailor. He also composes, arranges and plays for his own original rock band Royal Jackets.

Jimmy Taylor, Guitar: Jimmy’s music career began in Dunedin playing in bar bands but he moved to London in 1989 and became a founding member of ‘Miss World’ that featured musicians that had played in bands like Original Mirrors, The Pretenders and Roger Taylor’s post Queen line-up The Cross. During the 90s Jimmy recorded three further Miss World albums and featured on recordings by The Starlings, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Dave Stewart.

Another Side Of Paul Ubana Jones


Doors open: 7:00pm- Show Time: 8:00pm

A national treasure Paul Ubana Jones is so much more than one man with a guitar. he is a conjuror of unique and original songs, rooted in primal blues and soul.

Paul Ubana Jones is set to bring his “unique electro acoustic” music to Blue Smoke

Direct from his European Tour: He brings new songs to his live sets, and a creative virtuosic energy that has kept him a busy touring musician since 1973 in Europe and since 1987 here in New Zealand.

Whilst opening for Tuck and Patti in Los Angeles, Tuck Andress was highly moved by Paul’s playing and even more surprised that Paul does not use any pedals to enhance his delivery.” I just demonstrated to him back stage my right hand technique, and both he and his wife, Patti took me out to dinner the next day!

I felt really moved by that, they were glorious to me. Music has and still is very much my passport to many a heart.

The Warratahs – Drivin’ Wheel Tour


Blue Smoke open from: 7.00pm – Show time: 8.30pm

For over 30 years The Warratahs have carved a niche into the New Zealand landscape – literally from North Cape to Bluff, becoming legendary for extensively touring both small towns and cities alike.This year New Zealand’s greatest country music band are hitting the road again.

This year New Zealand’s greatest country music band celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their debut album “The Only Game In Town”. Winning the Country Music Album Award for 1988 and receiving a Gold Award for sales, the album included songs that have long become well known favourites – “Hands Of My Heart”,

“Maureen” and “The Only Game In Town”. To honour the occasion, The Warratahs are pleased to announce the release of “Drivin’ Wheel”, a 24 track compilation spanning the years from 1988 to the present day, including the brand new song “Fast Train”.

Albi & The Wolves ‘It Ain’t Easy’ National Tour


Blue Smoke Open: 7.30pm- Show time: 8.30pm

Albi & The Wolves are back after the wonderful mini tour that was The Great New Zealand Folk Revival to visit many of the places they missed! This relentless trio will hit 21 cities and towns in the North and South Island to celebrate their next single It Ain’t Easy.

If you haven’t head about them already Albi & The Wolves are a New Zealand string band that creates a huge sound using only an acoustic guitar, an electric violin, a double bass, and their three voices. The band is renowned for their great stage presence and dynamic shows that they have evolved by touring extensively here and a little in Australia. Their songs stand out on their own too as the band recently won the Best Folk Artist 2018 TUI at the New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album One Eye Open. Chris Dent (the proud albino front man Albi), Pascal Roggen, and Micheal Young’s individuality shines through the music to make something compelling, uplifting, soulful and fun.

Each show is different so be sure to catch them and the amazing Candice Milner, who will be opening the show

Steve Gunn (USA) New Zealand Tour


Blue Smoke Open:7:00pm – Show Time:8:00pm

Hot on the heels of a critically lauded 2017 visit to New Zealand, New York-based guitarist and songwriter Steve Gunn returns for four solo shows across the country. One festival performance, one headline show, and two supports for iconic Dunedin pop minstrels The Chills.

With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve Gunn (formerly a guitarist in Kurt Vile’s backing band, The Violators) has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven material, and forward thinking songwriting. Steve has steadily processed his inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Close listening reveals the influence of blues, folk, ecstatic free jazz, and psych in his continually unfolding output.

Support from: Emily Fairlight

Tiki Taane


Blue Smoke Open:7:00pm – Show Start:8:30pm

After his last sell out Blue Smoke show, Tiki Taane returns to his old stomping ground to perform his powerful and uplifting “One Man Band” show with support from special quests. This will be another epic night of experimental music with plenty of classic hits by the “King of the Dubs”.

The Teskey Brothers ‘I Get Up’ Tour


Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Showtime: 8:30pm

The Teskey Brothers are excited to make their way back to NZ for the second time this year!

The Teskey Brothers are a rare musical gem. Honouring that old school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, the band have received widespread acclaim for their gorgeous debut album Half Mile Harvest. A raw combination of soul and blues, the record has warmed the hearts of listeners everywhere with it’s melancholic, analogue tones.

Written by all four band members, the album was recorded in their own home studio, self-produced and released independently. Listening to the record you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the work of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ‘67 rather than a group of twenty-somethings from the Yarra Valley just outside Melbourne. The feeling is as old as the tape machine it was recorded on and it’s a true expression of love.

Support From Jed Parsons

Mild Orange


Doors: 7:30pm Show Time: 9:00pm

Dunedin band and worldwide YouTube indie sensation, Mild Orange, are coming to Christchurch this September to play one show only at Blue Smoke.

Mild Orange (affectionately, M.O) is a young four-piece band that creates what they call ‘melting melodies’ – an energy and vibrancy derived from a lust for smooth sounds.

In April, M.O released their debut self-produced album, ‘Foreplay’, to world acclaim, with multiple singles soaring into the millions of views on YouTube.

“Listening to this album was what I needed in my life.“ 9/10 – itdjents

“You can’t ask for much more from any album.” – Hello Zukeen

Following the release of ‘Foreplay’, M.O sold out their New Zealand album tour and have also been announced on this years Rhythm and Alps lineup.

The current run of shows around New Zealand sees Mild Orange aiming to build more lovely experiences for all to enjoy live. Their powerful, poetic and at times pensive live performances will take you on a sonic journey that is sure to be felt.

Nab a ticket for the Mild Orange show before it sells out… this may be your last chance to see them before they fly and groove overseas.

The Johnnys (Australia)


Blue Smoke open: 7:30pm – Show time: 8:30pm

Special Guest in Christchurch: Lindon Puffin.

Trailblazing Australian cowpunks The Johnnys will perform five New Zealand concerts in late September – their first tour here in three decades.

NZ tour dates are: The Cook, Dunedin (26th); Blue Smoke, Christchurch (27th); San Fran, Wellington (28th); Galatos, Auckland (29th); Sawmill, Leigh (30th).

The Johnnys barnstorming shows at legendary NZ venues like The Gluepot and Warners back in the 80s made an impenetrable impression.

Their 1986 album ‘Highlights Of A Dangerous Life’ was a runaway success in Australia and New Zealand. It was firmly embedded in the NZ Album Top 20 chart, where it remained for 10 weeks, thanks to infectious tracks like Bleeding Heart, Injun Joe, and (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown.

The band – comprising Kiwi-born Graham Hood (bass and vocals), Slim Doherty (guitar) and Billy Pommer Jr (drums) – will be knocking out their 2018 NZ tour in the same dynamic fashion.

Says Graham Hood: “After so long away, it will be great to tour New Zealand this Spring and reconnect with everyone. Full-length sets, a whole lot of fun and some very talented local opening acts. See you there!”

The tour also serves a tribute to their very ill bandmate, guitarist Spencer P. Jones (The Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon) who won’t be crossing the Tasman.

The band formed in Sydney in 1982 when Kiwi-born Graham Hood (ex-Normals) tried out for the Hoodoo Gurus after quitting the Allniters. He met Hoodoo Gurus’ guitarist Roddy Ray’da and, with drummer Billy Pommer Jr, they formed The Johnnys, playing their first show at Palms Disco on Oxford Street in Sydney.

Spencer P. Jones joined on guitar and the four-piece released their single “I Think You’re Cute”, before joining major label Mushroom.

They racked up eight singles and three albums, played the length and breadth of Australia and New Zealand – convened an instant party wherever they went – and cemented their place as the indisputable, rough riding champions of cowpunk.

The Johnnys played a blistering 6-song appearance at Punk It Up’s farewell Kings Arms show earlier this year, which proved to be the catalyst for this five-date tour. Of that brief appearance, reviewer Sarah Kidd said: “The audience couldn’t get enough as the mosh pit doubled in intensity for the band who delivered their tracks such as ‘There’s gonna be a Showdown’ and ‘Injun Joe’ to an extremely appreciative audience.”

James Kenyon & Monty Bevins


Blue Smoke open: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:00pm

Australian songwriter James Kenyon is returning to Aotearoa this September for an 8 date tour that will include Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. He’ll be joined by New Zealand favourite and hardest working troubadour Monty Bevins.

Kenyon has built a strong following across NZ after consistently touring since 2015, on the back of his his highly praised album ‘Imagine You Are Driving’, released through Little Lake Records. In the last 18 months, Kenyon has completed a 10 date tour of the UK and Europe, a tour of New Zealand and 3 tours of Australia, including a 27 date single launch tour in November 2017.

As a composer, Kenyon most recently collaborated with Nick Huggins to create the soundtrack for Jackie Van Beek’s New Zealand Feature film ‘The Inland Road’.

“I love New Zealand, it’s such a magic place, and people there seem to really relate to my music. Touring with Monty is a treat. He has worn a path up and down NZ and people have a lot of love for him. He’s a generous fellow and a great musician.”

“Kenyon is certainly not the most annoying Aussie I’ve had to deal with, and I quite like his music, which is a plus” added a typically dry Bevins.

“What a great Songwriter..it’s not hyperbole to suggest he follows in the footsteps of Paul Kelly and Don Walker” – Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National

“Exploring the creative potential of soundscape in songwriting, he places the listener in the landscapes he depicts with sensitive artistry. A meditative, authentic journey that is genuinely in tune with its subject.” – Jessie Cunniffe, Sydney Morning Herald

The Beths ‘Future Me Hates Me’ Tour


Blue Smoke open from: 7:00pm Show time: 8:30pm

After a whirlwind of dates in the US, UK, EU and Australia, The Beths will be returning to our shores for five shows in mid September in support of their newly minted album ‘Future Me Hates Me’ which comes out today, August 10th via Carpark Records in Washington DC. Anyone who’s seen The Beths live already can testify to their electric magnetism and fun arrangements.

“There’s a lot of sad sincerity in the lyrics,” says Stokes, “That relies on the music having a light heart and sense of humor to keep it from being too earnest.”

Channeling their stew of personal-canon heroes while drawing inspiration from contemporaries like Alvvays and Courtney Barnett, The Beths serve up deeply emotional lyrics packaged within heavenly sounds that delight in probing the limits of the pop form.

“That’s another New Zealand thing,” Stokes concludes with a laugh. “We’re putting our hearts on our sleeves-and then apologizing for it.”

The result is nothing less than one of the standout records of 2018, who’s title single has made the venerable 2018 Silver Scroll’s long list.

The band will be joined on all dates by Wellington’s Hans Pucket.

The Chills ‘Snow Bound Tour’ w/ Finn Andrews


Blue Smoke open from: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:30pm

Radio Hauraki, Wakachangi and Under The Radar Presents:

The Chills – “Snow Bound Tour” with support from: Finn Andrews (The Veils)

The Chills announce, Snow Bound, their new studio album due out on September 14th.

Consolidating the album out upon the peaks and troughs of New Zealand’s wondrous land and soundscapes, The Chills set off again on an extensive national tour. With main centres, and some smaller towns they missed on the last run, included in the 14 dates.

The band will be joined by a cast of very special guests to open the shows, including solo sets from local hero/heroines Finn Andrews (The Veils), Tiny Ruins, Reb Fountain, and renowned American blues troubadour, Steve Gunn for the Waiheke and Whangarei shows.



Doors: 7:30pm- Show time: 8:30pm


Once described as “The Sonic Youth of the Southern Hemisphere”, space-rock contortionists Bailterspace have been mining tortured noise and repetitive melody for the better part of 30 years.

Direct from New York, Bailterspace have announced three rare NZ shows, following their upcoming appearance at The Others Way Festival on August 31. The band will perform in Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin from September 13-15.

Over the past three decades, Bailterspace has mobilised recording technologies to capture a sonic collision of atmospheric noise rock, producing what Pitchfork once coined, “a huge mess of sound that’s simultaneously beautiful, jagged, atonal, and supremely melodic”.

Born out of the electrifying post-punk band The Gordons, they formed in New Zealand in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space, featuring Alister Parker (guitar, bass), John Halvorsen (bass, guitar) and Brent McLachlan (drums/percussion, samples) – the original line up of The Gordons.

From Nelsh Bailter Space came Bailterspace, with Parker, McLachlan and Halvorsen at the core, joined for a spell by Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Ross Humphries (The Terminals, the Pin Group). Early albums Tanker and Thermos were released via Flying Nun Records before the band relocated to the US and co-signed with Matador Records, releasing the innovative albums Robot World, Vortura, and Wammo. This was followed by the albums Capsul and Solar.3 in the late 1990s. In 2004 Flying Nun released a retrospective Bailterspace compilation and the band emerged from a hiatus in 2012 with a highly acclaimed comeback album Strobosphere and Trinine the following year.

Whether you’re a fan of their debut efforts, the seminal 90’s era, renascent releases, or the whole catalogue – this is a rare opportunity to see Bailterspace perform live. Featuring the original line up of Parker, McLachlan and Halvorsen, this legendary three-piece return with their veritable wall of symphonic exploration, punctuated by Orwellian themes of spiritual drought and cultural decay.

Featuring support from hypnotic power-trio, WAX CHATTELS.

Jake Blount and Libby Weitnauer (USA)


Jake Blount and Libby Weitnauer music are embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand to share the fiddle and banjo music of Black and Native American communities and explore their mutual fascination with rhythm and resonance.

Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjo player and scholar based in Ithaca, New York. He has performed and recorded with acclaimed fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves and award-winning old-time string band The Moose Whisperers, in addition to having served as a guest lecturer at numerous museums and universities. In 2018, he opened a series of shows for GRAMMY-winner and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Rhiannon Giddens. He centers and venerates his racial and ethnic heritage through his approach to music and its history.

Fiddler and singer Libby Weitnauer has degrees in classical violin performance from DePaul University and New York University, but finds her voice in the traditional music of Appalachia. She has performed in a wide range of venues and concert halls, most recently the Smithsonian National Museum of American History after a summer of research and music-making under the supervision of Grammy Award winner Dom Flemons.

The Adults ‘Haja’ Tour


Blue Smoke open from: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:30pm

In the fizz of releasing their joyous sophomore album “HAJA” (out 20 July), Jon Toogood’s THE ADULTS now announce three live performances across Aotearoa in September.

With a fluid cast of collaborators helmed by Shihad frontman Toogood, this live incarnation of THE ADULTS includes electric-blue witch hop pioneer Estere (who features on the album’s first single, ‘Bloodlines’), hip hop artist / rapper Raiza Biza (who’s found on the second single ‘Boomtown’ & album cut ‘That Gold’), drummer Ben Would of Trinity Roots and jazzy guitarist / vocalist Emily C. Browning.

Writing “HAJA” Toogood was inspired by the Sudanese folk music Aghani-Al-Banat performed exclusively by women, which he first encountered at his wedding in Khartoum.

The Goldonies & The Swan Sisters


Blue Smoke open: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:30pm.

The Goldonies and The Swan Sisters are joining forces for a magical night of music at Blue Smoke.

The Goldonies have been winning over audiences with their mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics performed with high energy and humour in the skiffle band setting. A typical set list will usually find the boys tipping their hats to the three B’s of rock ‘n’ roll – Buddy, Berry and Beatles, as well as numerous other classics from the 1950’s and 60’s.

The Swan Sisters are Amiria Grenell and Amy Grace. They sing heart filled songs throughout Aotearoa, including WOMAD music festival 2017, The NZ Cider festival 2017 and Nostalgia festival 2018. Amiria and Amy have been writing music together for many years. Their sound is a delicate blend of styles: alt. folk with beautiful harmonies, a touch of country & a dash of dreamy pop. These songbirds encapsulate their friendship and joy of storytelling with an uplifting, acoustic music set leaving their audiences smiling and singing along.

Sauvalanche Presents: Spring Market Day at Blue Smoke


Blue Smoke open from: 11:00am – Show Time: 4:00pm


Cassels & Sons are celebrating Spring with a new beer and a festive Market Day at the Woolston Tannery.

Blue Smoke will be open from 11am, with fine fare and live music on offer throughout the afternoon.

Try the Cassels’ new Sauvin hopped, aromatic Sauvalanche beer and enjoy the Middle-Eastern infused World music of Mukhlisa.

Our chef Michael Maguire has prepared a Middle-Eastern inspired feast which he’ll be serving out of our beautiful AGA kitchen. Make sure to reserve a table, we’re taking dinner bookings from 5pm onward for our evening meal. View our market day menu below.

Cassels & Sons will be also running tasting sessions at Blue Smoke on Market Day, ​try our full range of craft beer and take home a Father’s Day 6-pack or Cassels & Sons tee for your dad.

Mukhlisa will perform from 4pm to 6pm and we’ll be asking for koha donations from 3pm onward.

Mukhlisa is a World Music group that blends Western instruments and Jazz harmony with Middle-Eastern percussion instruments.

Tim Sellars is a drummer/percussionist who graduated from Canterbury University Jazz School with honours. His studies led him to examine the rhythms and tunes of middle eastern music and he put together ‘Mukhlisa’ to further these explorations.

“Watching Tim Sellars on percussion is eye-opening as he coaxes so many complex rhythms and sounds from his array of percussion instruments, that it beggars belief.”

Mukhlisa is; Tim Sellars (riq, darbuka, frame drum, cajon), Tamara Smith (flute), Brad Kang (guitar), Michael Story (Upright bass).


. Hot sticky lamb roll with minted yoghurt, hummus, rocket
. Hummus, roasted mushroom, halloumi and rocket

We recommend that you reserve a table if you would like to have dinner with the music. We will have the full brewery menu available.

Marlin’s Dreaming


Marlin’s Dreaming are hitting roads, planes, and drums this August-September to share the release of some new music.

Described by Pigeons & Planes as “an exciting young band making bright, mesmerizing rock music” Marlin’s Dreaming stepped onto the scene in October of 2017, releasing their debut album, ‘Lizard Tears’, which was able to capture the ears of a few men and woman around the world.

With light-hearted, jingly jangly guitars and soft, clear vocals, ‘Lizard Tears’ served up a collection of songs that will fit into just about any part of your Sunday schedule.

However, this winter, Marlin’s Dreaming are excited to announce the release of ‘Talk on / Commic”, a 6 song EP which exposes a new, darker side of the band.

A Soul Salute to Van Morrison


Bad Gin Sanctuary brings to you,

A night of soul salutation to the Irish Knight himself, Van Morrison.

The Soul Mates will perform songs from albums; Astral Weeks, Moondance, Tupelo Honey, Saint Dominic’s Preview, Veedon Fleece and more,

with support from special guests; Ryan Fisherman, Chloe Langley, Brendan Gregg and Carmel Courtney!



Julia Deans is proud to announce a special nationwide tour in celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘We Light Fire’.

Inspired by world events, friends, and family, We Light Fire is an album that examines both what it means to be human, and our spectrum of strength and vulnerability.

This is a singer/songwriter at the height of their craft.

★★★★ 1/2 Sunday Star Times

Yep, she can sing, and when she soars it’s a spine-tingling thing because it’s all real. ★★★★ Metro

Julia Deans boasts one of the best falsettos in New Zealand. Her razor-sharp voice is intoxicating from the moment it chimes in.

★★★★ NZ Herald

Following her recent support slots on Marlon Williams’ sold out nationwide tour, this will be the first time audiences around New Zealand will see Julia perform her own headline tour with a full band in over seven years.

But it will be a tour like no other.

The music industry worldwide has recently come into the spotlight over its long term issues regarding gender disparity. The disturbing figures¦ show a lack of female representation in all areas of the industry, but especially in the live arena. The percentage of women artists and female fronted bands in festival line ups, or as support artists on tours, are minimal.

A light has been shone on the gender disparity conversation and it has inspired Julia to utilise her We Light Fire tour as a platform to create opportunities for females in New Zealand, and so all of the support artists on her tour will be locally appointed with a focus on female, female identifying gender non-binary fronted bands or solo artists.

The team behind the tour are also predominantly women – booking agent, promoter, publicist, and the majority of Julia’s band and touring crew.

Of the We Light Fire tour Julia says “Throughout my career I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”

Mukhlisa at the Spring Market Day


Come along to Blue Smoke and see Mukhlisa perform at the Spring Market Day!

On September 1st we’re celebrating Spring at The Tannery Boutique Shopping, Dining & Arts Emporium with a festive Market Day.

We’ve lined up some world class live entertainment in Blue Smoke from 4pm. There’ll also be records on the turn table and fine seasonal fare on offer throughout the day.

We’ll be open from 11am til late in the evening and taking ‘koha’ donations for our musicians from 3pm onward.

Mukhlisa is a World Music group that blends Western instruments and Jazz harmony with the Middle-Eastern percussion instruments.

Tim Sellars is a drummer/percussionist who graduated from Canterbury University Jazz School with honours. His studies led him to examine the rhythms and tunes of middle eastern music and he put together ‘Mukhlisa’ to further these explorations.

“Watching Tim Sellars on percussion is eye-opening as he coaxes so many complex rhythms and sounds from his array of percussion instruments, that it beggars belief.”

Mukhlisa is; Tim Sellars (riq, darbuka, frame drum, cajon), Tamara Smith (flute), Brad Kang (guitar), Michael Story (Upright bass)

Mukhlisa was first showcased at Christchurch’s New Music Collective “World of Jazz” night in 2012. Since then, they have featured in other NMC events, various Jazz and Blues festivals in Christchurch, and have played at both the CJC and WJC in Auckland and Wellington.

They released their first studio album, “The Puzzle”, at the 2017 International Jazz and Blues festival in Christchurch.

Listen to “The Puzzle” here: https://timsellarspresentsmukhlisa.bandcamp.com/album/the-puzzle

Jon Toogood Live & Acoustic


Jon Toogood detaches himself from the Shihad electric wall of sound unplugged, and unrobed.

Delivering music in tribute to those who influenced him on his unique musical journey, some tracks from his solo side project – “The Adults”, plus a very different styled delivery of a selection of Shihad material.

A showcase that promises to singe the unspoken law of “What goes on tour, stays on tour” in-between playing a couple of sets, Jon likes to share some of his larger than life musical life.

Jon Toogood, unplugged, playing solo. A couple of hours of songs and a lot to say.

Jed Parsons ‘Midnight Feast’ Album Release


Jed Parsons is hitting the road to celebrate the release of his upcoming debut album MIDNIGHT FEAST, which is out on July 13.

Presented by Undertheradar, Parsons will tour with his full band, which includes Jonty O’Connor on drums; Moses Robbins on bass guitar and Tom Harris on keyboards.

The shows follow an action-packed few months for the Kiwi singer-songwriter who burst onto the local scene in January with the debut single from his upcoming album, ‘Get Lost’.

Described as a “tasty pop morsel” by music blog 13th Floor and “a heck of an introduction by www.music.net.nz ‘Get Lost’ debuted on Apple’s ‘Best of the Week’ playlist, was added at Hauraki and the bNets and helped to secure Parsons a slot at this year’s Auckland City Limits Festival. He then followed it up with the release of another gem from the upcoming album, ‘Everybody’s Stupid’ which received love from Hauraki and the bNets. The song’s video premiered on Tone Deaf in Australia.

“If you’re a fan of upbeat indie-pop, then you might already be aware of Kiwi muso Jed Parsons. But if not, he’s undoubtedly about to become one of your new favourite artists…” – Tone Deaf

‘Time’, the next single from MIDNIGHT FEAST, will be released on June 15, paving the way for what is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Kiwi albums of 2018, and a tour that’s not-to-be-missed!

The Butlers – Great wide New Zealand World Tour


From the depths of the cold South Island surf rises an exciting, young, milky 5 piece rock band.

Formed from a mutual love for Rum, Gin and Ballads about no good Girls, they’re quickly gaining the right sort of attention around the musical globe.

2018 has been a huge leap forward for The Butlers, with sold out shows everywhere, ep releases , a nationwide tour about to kick off and a very exciting new album brewing up in a backroom.

Raise Tūmanako with The Eastern & Holly Arrowsmith


Come join us as we launch the Pledgeme campaign for Tūmanako Wellness Centre, an innovative, new treatment facility for mental health in New Zealand.

We know it’s cold outside but we have a special evening planned for this special project, so brave winter and join us at Blue Smoke for music, mingling, and inspiration.

The Eastern and Holly Arrowsmith will be playing a concert to help celebrate the launch of Tūmanako’s PledgeMe campaign.

From July 12 – August 8th, they’ll be raising $200,000 in order to help secure land, to advance design work on the building, progress the design of the operating model, get the Tūmanako Wellness Centre project investment-ready and pay the dedicated team of development, legal, corporate, investment and communications people so that they can continue to work to make this happen. They’re all working for free right now.

The concept is modeled around successful international models. This facility will be a world-class, best-practice, cutting-edge, green, sustainable mental health and psychiatric centre, providing exemplary clinical and complementary care alongside high-tech innovations to reach more people. Tūmanako will also be a centre of research, knowledge production and community education. They’ll use ‘healing architecture’ and evidence-based facility design in conjunction with holistic operating model to create a facility unlike any other in Christchurch – for better patient outcomes.

Come support, or spread the word!


Join us.

Dave Dobbyn & Band


After relishing an intimate performance at Auckland’s Golden Dawn, Dave Dobbyn & his rhythm section (Ross Burge and Jo Barus) will take their power three-piece show to Napier, Dunedin, Christchurch & Queenstown this July.

Dobbyn has written the soundtrack to kiwi lives, with a string of hits including ‘Beside You’, ‘Be Mine Tonight’ ‘Language’, ‘Outlook for Thursday’, ‘Loyal’, ‘Whaling’, ‘Kingdom Come’, ‘It Dawned On Me’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Devil You Know’, ‘Slice of Heaven’, ‘Magic What She Do’, ‘Oughta Be in Love’ , ‘Welcome Home’.… Thus he is a New Zealand music icon, heavy weight and one of our most loved songwriters.

Dave Dobbyn and his band will be ably supported by Christchurch’s own Adam McGrath of The Eastern.

Higher & Higher – Fundraising Concert


Bad Gin Sanctuary presents: “Higher & Higher”

A Soul-powered, four on the floor, belly shaking heart beating, uplifter of a Fundraising concert!

We’re throwing a good old-fashioned dance party to raise money for the Wishing Stone Trust, an organisation dedicated to supporting families and individuals in need of mental health care and resources.

Christchurch’s very own syncopated summoners of Motown, Funk and Soul music, Soul Mates will perform classic’s by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sam Cook, Nina Simone and so much more throughout the evening.

They’ll be joined by guest singers Emma Cameron (Decades), Anthea Struthers (Bella Donna & Runaround Sue), Jess Shanks (THE EASTERN).

But wait that’s not all! Nick Mohi Comedy, everybody’s favourite comedian will entertain us with intermittent, stand up and hilarity.

Good food, high kicks and cool licks all night long.

Blue Smoke will be open from 7:30pm, showtime at 8:30pm. Get in touch today to book a table for you pre-show meal in our AGA kitchen Diner.

Steiner School Variety Show


The Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School are putting on a variety show at Blue Smoke.

Ticket price includes bubbles and nibbles.

You will hear the brilliant and talented senior Music and Drama students perform a range of repertoire ranging from rock bands to dramatic pieces, chamber music and possibly even a sneak peek of what is to come in July for this year’s musical.

This exciting evening of sound, food and networking will raise funds for the IT Dept at Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School. Come along, sip a complementary glass of bubbles and celebrate our special school!

Jordan Luck Band – Winter Tour



Kiwi icon’s The Jordan Luck Band announce the 18 date ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ NZ Winter Tour 2018, trekking across the country from Friday May 18th to Saturday August 4th.

Jordan Luck is the lead singer and songwriter for the New Zealand rock band The Exponents. The Exponents, had a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, and Victoria was recently voted by public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time. At the 2007 APRA Silver Scroll Awards on 18 September, Jordan Luck was named as the first inductee to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

The Jordan Luck Band NZ Winter Tour 2018 will feature all the crowd favourites; from Why Does Love Do This To Me to I’ll Say Goodbye, Who Loves Who The Most to Victoria, Sink Like A Stone to Whatever Happened to Tracey’….and many more.

Tour support comes from Ekko Park. Following notable European success, including their first Italian tour in 2017, the Auckland foursome have just finished recording their highly anticipated 3rd album.

Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox Tour


Joshua Hedley Returns to New Zealand

Mr. Jukebox Tour

The Tuning Fork is delighted to announce the return of rising country star, Joshua Hedley to Aotearoa. Joshua’s fourth NZ visit and his first headline show with full band follows the release of his highly anticipated debut album ‘Mr. Jukebox’ via Jack White’s Third Man Records.

Hedley’s got a voice that could sing the phonebook and make it sound like a Sixties gem straight from Billy Sherrill’s lost 1960s archives… — Rolling Stone

New Zealand folk artist, Reb Fountain has been announced as opening act for Joshua Hedley’s Mr Jukebox tour in Auckland and Christchurch this July.

Fountain recently won double at the NZ Country Music Awards taking home the 2018 APRA Best Country Music Song for ‘Hopeful/Hopeless’ and the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist Tui for the EP of the same name.

For years, Joshua Hedley has been making a name for himself as Nashville’s right hand man. Known as the “mayor of lower Broadway” by collaborators and comrades, Hedley is a fixture at Robert’s Western World, where he plays for tips with his band the Hedliners. The multi-talented singer-songwriter has played fiddle with Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz. Now Music City’s favorite son is breaking out on his own.

WATCH: Mr Jukebox video here

The Miltones ‘Disappear’ Single Release Tour

The Miltones will return to Blue Smoke this June for the release of their highly-anticipated new single “Disappear”.


Support from Emily Fairlight

This is the bands first new song since releasing their award-winning self titled debut album.

Praised as the “freshest sound in New Zealand popular music right now” (New Zealand Herald) the band was recognised at the Taite Music Awards last month where they received the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Album award.

“Disappear” is a soulful ballad that “tells a tale of the being caught in the same monotony of a loveless relationship,” says Milly Tabak, lead singer. “If you’ve ever been in a place where you’ve wanted change but felt stuck, you will relate.”


Monty Bevins Lovers Again Tour


The Lovers Again Tour finale live at Blue Smoke! Primed from seven shows in nine days, Monty Bevins & Fraser Ross will complete their run of South Island shows to cap off the 13 date nationwide ‘Lovers Again Tour.

“Lovers Again was a song I wrote about on an older couple I met in Arthurs Pass whose three girls have all since moved out into the world. Mum and Dad left at home in a big house. I went round to see them the day they were moving south to a smaller place, pointing to the spot on the floor their eldest daughter had taken her first steps, and the etched height markings in the door frame…” -Monty Bevins

Known as a touching, spirited performer, whose soul-folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland. With a warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, he digs out and distills themes of tenderness, personal revolution and adventure. Perpetually touring (at a pace that allows encounter) Monty draws inspiration from the stories of the people he meets.

Monty will be joined for this show by eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross, described by Capital Times as ‘New Zealand’s best kept musical secret’. No stranger to touring himself, Fraser will be launching a single of his own called ‘Marseille’ from his upcoming album ‘Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit?’, due to be released in July, 2018 through Home Alone Music.

Adam McGrath (From The Eastern Solo)

Adam McGrath is road testing a raft of new songs this winter, catch him at Blue Smoke on June 2nd with support from Foxtrots.

Described as “two parts Woody Guthrie, one part revival meeting and one part group hug” a McGrath show goes straight for the spirit level in all of us. Looking deep for the heart and hoping to reach the thinking part of the brain all the while strumming his three chords like his life depended on it. Which of course it does, as of course it should.

His songs have gathered a clutch of good reviews in NZ and overseas, he’s been nominated for a couple of serious music awards (including the Apra Silver Scroll).

Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as “The Truth”.

“NZ’s toughest minded songwriter”-Graeme Reid

“One of the best modern roots artists, from any country”-No Depression magazine

“A national treasure”-Radio NZ National

With THE EASTERN and solo he has shared stages with and opened for Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Paul Kelly, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy Barnes and many more. But he takes the most pride in getting up and putting it down, in both small towns and big, choosing real gigs over showcases and the joy of shaking hands and sharing beers with the folks met along the way.

A people’s player, he works his ass off for any audience he finds himself in front of. Through, yarns, ballads and barnstormers, he goes looking most nights of the year for that deep well of magic that threads through the humble folk song.

Jazz Jam with Sumo Jazz


To celebrate the end of another great festival, this after-party jam will be a highlight of the week. Sumo Jazz take the reigns as house band and will be joined, throughout the night, by many of the local, national and international musicians who played at the festival. The perfect end to a perfect week of jazz and blues in the city.

Soul Train at the Chch International Jazz & Blues Festival

Bringing the funk and the soul, Bad Gin Sanctuary presents Soul Train, a show that marries together two bands and a DJ, Junco Partner, Carmelita Toots and Soul Mates, for an evening that’s all about the music and groove of 1972. Expect high kicks, smooth licks and a guaranteed good time!

Featuring: Elmore Jones (guitar), Liam Quinn (bass), Jak Harris (drums), Matt Davis (alto saxophone), Rachel Travaille (tenor saxophone), Greg Knowles (trumpet) and your frontman, Adam Hattaway (vocals).

Darren Watson


Gaining a reputation as the nation’s most original, contemporary blues voice in the 90s, after his earlier fame with the Chicago Smoke Shop, Darren Watson plays an intimate acoustic guitar session for the launch of his latest recording Too Many Millionaires.

“Darren Watson is New Zealand’s finest practitioner of the blues – a singer and guitarist who can give you goosebumps with the passion and intensity of his playing. He’s also an original songwriter of rare skill and imagination.” Nick Bollinger | Radio New Zealand

Fantine with Oval Office


Sensational singer of Russian and Dominican descent, Australian-based Fantine, has a musical style that is all her own. Described as a performer who fuses jazz, indie and electro soul, with a ‘swampy yet sultry’ voice, Fantine has captivated audiences the world over. In this concert, she joins renowned funk, soul, jazz, blues powerhouse Oval Office for a night of hard hitting grooves, explosive horn lines, enticing, soulful vocals and pure raw energy.

Richard Pickard (bass), Andy Genge (guitar), Gwyn Reynolds (saxophone), Daniel Kennedy (drums),

Darren Pickering (keyboards), Scott Taitoko (trombone) and Fantine (vocals).

Corduroy Cape Mixtape – Being, Soaked Oats, Ha The Unclear (Dunedin)


Being, Soaked Oats and Ha the Unclear will celebrate their new split release Corduroy Cape: A Persnickety Mixtape with a circus in May across four dates in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

The Corduroy Cape Mixtape is a peep into each band’s sock drawer, lint filter and vacuum bag. A potpourri of songs from New Zealand indie bands Being., Soaked Oats, and Ha the Unclear containing covers, unreleased material and special demo cuts, a whiff of the familiar and a niff of new noises. It is pop-hearted and indie-scum, hard cheese and the morning muesli, all glued together with a collegial spirit and a like-minded lilt.

The seed for the split was sown during an overzealous post-show conversation when everybody involved shared a bill at Auckland’s Whammy Bar. Composed mostly of hand gestures, yelling and disproportionate body language it was ordained and somehow communicated that said split release should contain both a cover (LCD Soundsystem, Best Coast, Split Enz) and an original from each band. The Corduroy Cape Mixtape was conceived.

Zulu Love (South Africa)

Direct from South Africa, the incredible voices of ZULU LOVE return to New Zealand in Autumn 2018.

Come for a pre-show meal! We believe great music should be paired with hearty soul food so in addition to our normal Blue Smoke concert menu we’ve decided to serve a SEASONAL ROAST MEAL from our beautiful AGA kitchen. 5pm onward..

Blue Smoke open from: 3:00pm
Serving AGA Roast from: 5:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Show Time: 7:30pm

“As soon as people saw them, they were bowled over by their incredible talent, infectious enthusiasm and pure joy” – Nelson Mail

Zulu Love is a group of amazing musicians based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The singers are truly world class and have sung at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They have also starred in global touring productions of major South African musicals such as Stimela the Musical and Spirit and Bones.

Their unique ‘Isicathamiya’ singing style – a type of African acapella music – shot to world-wide fame largely thanks to Paul Simon, who collaborated with the Durban based group Ladysmith Black Mambazo on his 1986 Graceland album. LBM then went on to carve out a highly-successful international career winning numerous Grammy Awards.

Isicathamiya is a Zulu word that translates as ‘in a stalking way’ or ‘cat like’. The singing technique that takes its name was born in the South African mines at the turn of the 20th Century when Zulu workers living in hostels or all-male dorms would secretly sing to each other in low voices. Post-apartheid, it is now sung loudly and proudly and focuses on achieving perfect rhythm and harmony between the singers.

Don’t miss the return of this incredible music and musicianship from South Africa. Come and celebrate the soaring voices of Zulu Love at the Blue Smoke.


The Christchurch Faerie Circle Presents: The Star Wars Ball – An elaborate dress up party with a live band and prizes!

Prizes ( $50 Prezzy Cards)

Most Creative Stormtrooper

Best Princess Leia

Best Dancer

Best Light Saber (points for creativeness)

Best Droid

Dillastrate, The Settlers & The Response


Dillastrate team up with The Settlers and The Response to triple headline at Blue Smoke on May the 4th for Music Month. The three bands have just come off a massive run of shows including Northern Bass, Electric Avenue and touring with the likes of Home Brew. This show is not to be missed as it will be action packed and high energy. All bands have new music to showcase and tickets are cheap so get in quick!

DILLASTRATE just can’t sit still. Driven by a passion inspired by the life and works of J Dilla, they’ve toured New Zealand a staggering four times in their 14-month existence, tackling staple music festival stages including Northern Bass and Electric Avenue. Born in the dirty south of Aotearoa, the duo’s previous collaborative efforts have included ahoribuzz and Soulsystem, as well as individual engagements with an intimidating host of national and international acts.

Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that make up New Zealand based indie-pop act, THE RESPONSE. Their dynamic live show has allowed the duo to share the stagewith such acts as Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Deep Sea Diver (Seattle), Big Scary (Australia) and Kate Boy (Sweden).

After releasing their third full length album ‘North of Nowhere’ in 2014 the pair packed a suit case and headed for Canada where they released a number of singles including ‘You Wanted to Go’ and ‘Hours’. Now back in New Zealand, The Response are excited to announce the release of their new EP on November 17. The ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ EP has been produced independently, with all duties undertaken by the resourceful pair.

Nomad – Can You Feel It? Tour


Nomad’s signature lush vocal layers, heady harmonies and infectious, indie-pop hooks have been winning over unsuspecting live audiences and on April 6 they release their debut studio album, ‘Can You Feel It?’.

Recorded as 19-year-olds, Producer Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Pop Strangers) describes it as a “process of discovery”.

To celebrate the release they have announced a string of shows to follow their appearance at Homegrown 2018. They will return to Christchurch’s Blue Smoke on April 28.

Auckland’s Alae will be joining them as special guests.

Aasha Mallard, Will McGillivray and Cullen Kiesanowski formed nomad at school and their very different musical tastes collide to shape their alt-pop sound.

“They were looking for their individual voices and also a combined musical identity” says Healy. “This shared musical world is most audible in the harmonies, a communal voice comprised of Will’s deep baritone, Cullen’s midrange rasp and Aasha’s breathless falsetto.

But their shared language is also in the album’s ambition, in nomad’s desire to grow, and in the emotional rawness and honesty”.

The album features songs from each of the members and two written with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins), was recorded and mixed by Healy at his studio and mastered by Jared Hirschland.

nomad made their mark on the New Zealand charts with the undeniably catchy singles ‘Oh My My’ (gold sales and a nomination for Best Newcomers at the Music Awards) and ‘Love Will Call’.



Everybody’s favourite thrash-party rockers DZ Deathrays are celebrating the launch of their new record ‘Bloody Lovely’ by touring Australia and New Zealand in April/ May 2018. Joining them on the road in New Zealand will be three of the most up and coming bands of the moment; Wax Chattels (AKL), BEST BETS (CHC) and Hans Pucket (WLG).

The record saw the band go back to their roots to make a strong, good old fashioned party rock record that still displays just how much their songwriting has developed since their two previous ARIA-Award winning records.

Eb & Sparrow – Seeing Things Album Release


“Ebony Lamb’s standing as one of the country’s coolest, most sultry voices” The Listener

Supreme sweethearts of New Zealand alt-country, Eb & Sparrow bring their highly anticipated third record SEEING THINGS on tour throughout New Zealand with curated visual installation – Don’t miss this special one of a kind show folks!

“This is the sound of your new favourite band” Simon Sweetman, Off The Tracks.

On the back of their previous release Sun/Son (2015, Country Music Award Finalists for album & song 2016) Eb & Sparrow have gained national recognition and have become renowned for their self-carved niche and unique musical style in the ever- widening scope that is New Zealand Americana.

Seeing Things is written by front-woman Ebony Lamb and arranged by Eb & Sparrow, recorded in the historic homestead Ahiaruhe, in the heart of the Wairarapa January 2017, with Tui award winning producer and sound engineer Brett Stanton (NZ/Melbourne) who co-produced with the band. Utilising vintage recording equipment and instruments in the large wooden building to take advantage of the lush textures and presence, the band has pulled out all the stops.

The rhythm section, consists of new drummer Justin Barr (Golden Awesome) Chris Winter on bass, keys & trumpet, Ebony Lamb on electric guitar Gram Antler on electric guitar and bass & Bryn Heveldt on lapsteel.

James Kenyon


James Kenyon is a Victorian singer-songwriter and composer. He has established himself as one Australia’s new wave of songwriters and performs regularly in Australia and internationally at both festivals and on extended tours.

Following up his critically acclaimed 2012 debut album ‘The North Pole’, Kenyon spent over 2 years crafting his sophomore release ‘Imagine you are Driving’, which was released through Little Lake and MGM records on October 7, 2016. Kenyon has been touring nationally to critical acclaim and the album appeared in numerous 2016 ‘best of’ lists including Radio National’s Inside Sleeve and Timber and Steel.

In the last 18 months, Kenyon has completed a 10 date tour of the UK and Europe, a 20 date tour of New Zealand and 3 tours of Australia, including 27 date tour single launch tour in November 2017, and been included in the Contemporary Music Program for the Melbourne Festival.

As a composer, Kenyon most recently collaborated with Nick Huggins to create the soundtrack for the New Zealand Feature film ‘The Inland Road’, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017.

“Australia’s most underrated Songwriter” Gareth Evans, Timber and Steel

“Exploring the creative potential of soundscape in songwriting, he places the listener in the landscapes he depicts with sensitive artistry. A meditative, authentic journey that is genuinely in tune with its subject.” Jessie Cunniffe. Sydney Morning Herald – Four Stars

“What a great Songwriter..it’s not hyperbole to suggest he follows in the footsteps of Paul Kelly and Don Walker” PaulGough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio

National “What a beautiful songwriter” Nkechi Anele, Triple J



After a huge year that saw the Sydney singer-songwriter release his self-produced EP “Lost in a Dream” and stage some 100+ shows across the globe, Mark Wilkinson doesn’t look to slow down in 2018 as he unveils his much anticipated full length record “Wasted Hours” (out Feb 9) and returns to the road.

“He truly has a gift for poetic lyrics…There’s a glow of warm around him and a richness to his supreme voice, sending shivers down spines as he pulls you into the soul of him.”— Hazel Buckley, TheMusic.com.au

Don’t miss the chance to catch one of his powerful and moving live performances Blue Smoke, as he showcases songs from his new album alongside many familiar fan favourites.



New Zealand cricketing great John Wright and his band The Sou’westers are touring New Zealand this April.

Catch them at Blue Smoke on Friday 6th!

John Launched his debut album Red Skies at a concert in Motueka in 2017 and returns to the stage in 2018 with his insightful songs and stories about travelling the world as an international cricketer and coach.

The first New Zealand test batsman to score 5000 test runs in first-class cricket, John went on to coach both the New Zealand and Indian cricket teams. He is currently coach of the Derbyshire cricket team and is involved as a scout for the IPL Mumbai Indians.

Backed by The Sou’Westers his songs and yarns tell of his many tours of duty as a high profile international sportsman, observer and solitary songwriter.

The Sou’Westers is a songwriting collective featuring Aly Cook, Liam Ryan and Dean Hetherington. The band began playing together in 2010 and has released one highly successful album – Going West.

Expect an evening of fine musicianship, rich harmonies and tales from the road.



Returning to Aotearoa after tearing up Splore (Auckland) and San Fran (Wellington) back in 2016 with an extended visit to our shores for a full six date headline tour .

SEE THE CUBAN BROTHERS live at Blue Smoke this March!

An unstoppable, infectious force of nature, The Cuban Brothers’ unrivalled funk and soul review blends sexy, soulful music with jaw-dropping b-boy action and riotous comedy. Born of the loins of seventies Havana, nurtured on a diet of soulful, sexy tunes and inspired by Cuban historical fact and mythology – their fresh approach to live entertainment whips up a frenzy at every opportunity.

Despite much inappropriate touching, the band’s delirious rhythms, lightning wit, and gentle ribbing of world famous artists has seen them personally chosen to play by Elton John, Robbie Williams and Richard Branson. Off stage, their acclaimed debut album, Yo Bonita!’, which took the skittish dynamics of their live show into the studio, and TV & film appearances, including Ill Manors, Cuban Fury and Sunshine on Leith continue to expose them to new audiences worldwide. Allow it!

Get out, up and at ’em for a not to be missed live show experience this coming March with the Cuban Brothers .



In support of their anticipated Second Album ‘Blend Inn’, out February on Farmer & The Owl. via Inertia Music.

The album is Hockey Dad’s boldest output to date, a natural progression for the two as they face the tribulations of young adulthood, a theme reflected across the record. “Homely Feeling” emerges as an ode to their roots; “Join The Club” relays the struggle for self-identity in the face of societal expectation, whilst lighter moments like “Sweet Release” see the duo experiment , showcasing Fleming on vocals for the first time.

Hockey Dad came 54 in Triple J Hottest 100 with ‘Homely Feeling’ (first single from “Blend Inn’), sold out a National tour across Australia and Debuted at No. 6 on the Aria charts

They’ll be joined on their NZ tour by Brisbane rockers, Good Boy.

The past 18 months have seen the duo embark on sold out national and regional tours, perform at Falls Festival Lorne and on the main stage at Splendour In The Grass, plus tour extensively across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, the UK. Returning home, they hit the road as main support on a 25+ date tour with iconic Aussie rock band Grinspoon, and most recently, wrapped up a run with Dune Rats and Wavves playing in some of the country’s biggest rooms.

Landing in Seattle, the recording of Blend Inn began with renowned audio engineer and producer John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Cloud Nothings, Death Cab for Cutie) at Robert Lang Studios. The studios, supposedly haunted, echo with their iconic past – housing many of rock’s legends over its time including Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and most notably, Nirvana, who recorded their last song inside – the mic used in Kurt Cobain’s final studio recording still hanging in tribute. Here, Hockey Dad found a home away from home – immortalising their time in the album artwork, which depicts the house in a film photo captured by Fleming.

Whilst the momentum of Hockey Dad lies in their consistent execution of their undeniable brand of rock-pop on both the stage and in recording – the true heart of the band exists in their long standing, personal friendship – having first met as kids, growing up together two doors apart.

Autumn Market Day – Amiria Grenell & Oakley Grenell



The Tannery are celebrating St Paddy’s Day and the onset of Autumn with a Market. There will be sale tables, store specials and local crafts & designers selling their wares.

Blue Smoke will be open all day, serving an autumnal slow cooked menu from our AGA kitchen, we’ll have hand crafted drinks, barrister coffee and plenty of live music to enjoy.

Brendan Gregg will be performing a Celtic buskers style set in the Tannery atrium from 11am.

And then local brother, sister duo, Amiria Grenell & Oakley Grenell will be playing live on the Blue Smoke stage between 2pm and 5pm.

This is perfect opportunity to bring the family out for an afternoon of fine fare and festivity



Four world class New Zealand songwriters on one stage!


Candice Milner is from the seemingly sleepy hollow that is the port town of Lyttelton. Her debut album ‘Evergreen’ recently made her a finalist for the 2018 NZ Folk Album Tui.

Emma Cameron is the lead singer and of Christchurch rock band, Decades. It’s not very often this voice gets heard with the subtleties of an acoustic backing, so it’s a rare treat for her to be joining this line up for a stripped back set of Decades tracks.
Matty Smith is a singer songwriter who writes from instinct, often ignoring conventions of song structure and form. His rich and abstract lyrics give us a glimpse inside the mind of this very talented young artist at the beginnings of his solo career.

Michael Morris is a psychedelic songwriter and a veteran of 10+ national tours, an Australian jaunt and a critically acclaimed album release with his band The River Jesters, Michael now branches out as a solo act on his first tour alone, visiting 20+ NZ destinations. He is currently recording his debut album Slow Loris which is expected for release late 2018 after he relocates to Europe.

The Teskey Brothers


Honouring the old-school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, Melbourne four-piece, The Teskey Brothers, stunned many in 2017 with their gorgeous debut album, HALF MILE HARVEST.

With support from The Butlers

A raw combination of soul and blues, the record has warmed the hearts of listeners all around the world. After a string of sold-out shows in Australia, US and the UK, as well as opening for Angus and Julia Stone on their current NZ tour, The Teskey Brothers will make their New Zealand headline debut in March 2018.

Written by all four band members, the album was recorded in their own home studio, self-produced and released independently.

Listening to the record, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the work of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ’67 rather than a group of 20-somethings from the Yarra Valley just outside of Melbourne.

On stage, singer Josh Teskey’s smoked whiskey voice defies expectation, flooring audiences. The band around him is in dynamite form building an irresistibly tight groove around heartfelt soulful melodies.

Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible band live at Blue Smoke.

The Goldonies & Dictaphone Blues (Solo)


The Goldonies have been winning over audiences with their mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics performed with high energy and humour in their ‘oh so’ endearing skiffle band style.

A typical set list will usually find the boys tipping their hats to the three B’s of rock ‘n’ roll – Buddy, Berry and Beatles, as well as numerous other classics from the 1950’s and 60’s.

They’ll be joined by special guest, Edward Castelow AKA Dictaphone Blues for a rarely seen solo set of jangly, raucous 60s-ish, lowfi, classic kiwi rock, sort of, songs.

Electric Wire Hustle, Troy Kingi, Mark Vanilau & Borrowed CS


Kerikeri actor and musician Troy Kingi has recently dropped his sophomore album of galactic funk and soul, Shake That Skinny Ass All The Way To Zygertron, and will be hitting the road this February for a summer tour with his live group The Galactic Chiropractors and pals Electric Wire Hustle. Joining the fun will be Wellington beat producer Borrowed CS and Christchurch songwriter Mark Vanilau. Get ready to boogie your butt into outer space.


Clap Clap Riot

Fresh off their NZ tour with British band Alt-J, Clap Clap Riot will be hitting the road in February for four dates across the country.

They’ll be bringing their critically acclaimed firecracker of a live performance to the main centres of New Zealand – Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington.

They’ll be joined on the road by some close friends – announcement to follow.

Ciaran McMeeken – ‘Which Way Shall We Go?’ Summer Tour


Auckland based singer-songwriter Ciaran McMeeken is excited to announce his

Which Way Shall We Go? Summer Tour!

Ciaran will be stopping at a massive 16 kiwi centres in January and February in support of his self-titled debut album which was released in August. Performing solo, he’ll be delighting fans with his incredible voice and classic singer-songwriter vibe – with support from solo artist and friend, Jasper Hawkins.

Starting his career in Dunedin, Ciaran self-released his debut EP The Valley in 2014, followed by 2015’s Screaming Man. In 2016 Ciaran was invited to join Avalanche City and Ronan Keating for their New Zealand tours and more recently was on the bill as support for American singer-songwriter Andy Grammer’s Auckland show.

Esther Swift (UK) w/ Adam McGrath & Jess Shanks (The Eastern)


Sometimes it is necessary take opportunities when they come knocking, especially when they come in the form Esther Swift

“Swift is one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting contemporary harpists. In her composition, songwriting and performance she creates a music which is profound and daringly vulnerable whilst drawing on influences which range from contemporary classical, alternative pop and the Scottish tradition”.

It has come to Blue Smoke’s attention that Esther Swift will be passing through Christchurch on Monday the 12th of February (yes that’s tomorrow), so we felt it would be remiss of us not to gather our resources and throw an impromptu, last minute and intimate, folk family gathering for her.

Adam McGrath & Jess Shanks of THE EASTERN were lucky enough to meet Esther at the Auckland Folk Festival a few weeks back and have therefor taken her under their wing. They’ll sing some songs also, by way of introduction, before handing her the stage.

Blue Smoke will be open from 7pm and the show will start 7:30pm sharp. Tickets are $15 (or whatever you can afford) on the door.

Esther Swift writes songs about her homeland of Scotland, drawing on her folk roots and taking inspiration from nature and the people she meets along the way. An eclectic blend of jazz, folk, classical and everything in between Esther will share with you her stories and musical experiences from around the world.

“What one notices immediately is how contemporary her sound is. The harp is used by Swift as less a heavenly instrument and more a bold alternative to the acoustic guitar. Swift’s voice is sultry, settling and sensuous as she sings with confidence and a wry smile…Over the sombre vocals of The Scots Pine and breathless Pinus Silvestrus, Swift takes us on a journey through the Scottish landscape that is draped in traditional stylings. There’s an organic quality to her playing as she veers dramatically from poised, fluid and precise movements to those rich, dark and sweeping bass notes.”

Nostalgia After Party featuring Lisa Tomlins, The Presidents Of Funk and Jed Parson & Friends.

Blue Smoke hosts The Nostalgia Fest After Party featuring Lisa Tomlins, The Presidents Of Funk and Jed Parson & Friends.

Featuring vocalist Lisa Tomlins, The Presidents Of Funk perform an authentic program that will take you back to the 60’s & 70’s, paying tribute to one of the true icons of Soul; The Godfather, James Brown. As well as having esteemed vocalist, Lisa Tomlins fronting the band, she is backed by some of Wellingtons finest musicians.

With members from groups such as Hollie Smith, Richter City Rebels, The Jac, Lord Echo and The Rodger Fox Big Band, this lineup is sure to bring the funk.

Prepare your ears and your dance moves for some of the most soulful songs on the planet. Incorporating tunes such as ‘Sex Machine’, ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’, ‘I Feel Good’ and ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’, this show has something for everyone! Don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Soul Train


You want me to tell you the secrets to good times?

Believe you can live in the Deep down real soul of life.

This is the organisation, the law of passion.


Bad Gin Sanctuary bring to you again, the night of your life.

Filled to the brim with pelvic swings, high kicks and smooth licks.


Sax offenders welcome.



‘Layers’ – Nick Dow Single Release Tour


Nick Dow celebrates his new single with support from our very own, soulfully talented Emily C Browning.

Equal parts Jeff Buckley, John Mayer and James Blake, Nick has been heralded as one of New Zealand’s ‘most promising new artists’.

His music will weave an emotive thread through your heart, landing down at your tapping feet. Auckland born, but having spent most of his primary years in Christchurch, this album release show is bound to be special! With a five-piece band behind him, Nick Dow’s show at Blue Smoke will range from heart-breaking ballads through to high-energy jazz inspired grooves leaving you wanting to hear more from this exciting new voice.

Cassels & Sons Present ‘The Richter City Rebels’ Live At Blue Smoke


Cassels & Sons are excited to present The Richter City Rebels live at Blue Smoke!

The Richter City Rebels will be releasing their highly anticipated 2nd studio album, HARD WORK HARD MONEY at Blue Smoke on Saturday 20th January.

Cassels & Sons feel that this is worth celebrating, therefor they have decided to launch their new ‘Nostalgia Summertimes Ale’ to mark this most auspicious occasion.

The Richter City Rebels are NZ’s FIRST and FINEST second line band and HARD WORK HARD MONEY is rammed with their signature explosive beats and good-feel vibe; another joyful and juicy plate of strong, rich New Orleans fire!

The ‘Nostalgia Summertimes Ale’ will be the cooling tonic to a frenzied dance floor and will carry with it a ‘happy hour’ price tag and a taste of good things to come.

This year Cassels & Son’s are proud supporters of the Nostalgia Festival, which will take place in the Ferrymead Historic Park on February 10th, 2018. Cassels’ limited edition ‘Nostalgia Summertimes Ale’ is a seasonal brew inspired by the long golden days of summer and the joyful revelry that comes from hearing live music.
Revelry indeed! The RICHTER CITY REBELS promise to bring the ultimate Mardi Gras party to Blue Smoke! They have a sound that blends RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk with the heart and soul of New Orleans brass band music. Incorporating trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone, and percussion with stylish original melodies and shouts, funked-up pop tunes and bouncing hip-hop, the Rebels’ sound embodies the musical melting pot of Louisiana.

“The music swaggers, it’s big and it’s bold. It’s like a hug from grandpa” – Stuff

“The Rebels are brilliant, they fill the room every time. Wild, wild party music, New Orleans second line is alive and well in Wellington!” – Gwilym Waldren (Rogue & Vagabond)

The East Pointers (Canada)


After bringing down the house at WOMAD 2017, JUNO-Award winning Canadian trio The East Pointers announce their return to New Zealand in January 2018 for a run of dates with NZ luminary, Mel Parsons.

Dazzling musicianship and wild live shows have connected The East Pointers with audiences across the globe, making original roots music the hippest thing going. Currently on a world tour, the trio released their second album, What We Leave Behind in late September.

Having charted in the iTunes New Zealand Top 10 earlier in 2017 after their first (and only) NZ appearance at WOMAD NZ, the band are looking forward to reacquainting themselves with some of their most enthusiastic crowds yet.

‘We can’t wait to get back to New Zealand,’ says Koady Chaisson, who plays banjo in the trio. ‘It is such a beautiful country and we’re so grateful we got to see what we did when we were out for WOMAD NZ – but we’re looking forward to getting a little further afield. We’re also so lucky to be touring with Mel… she reckons she’s a pretty good tour guide.

As a follow-up to 2015’s internationally acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning debut Secret Victory, What We Leave Behind reflects on the traditions of East Coast Canadian Celtic music, but also takes giant strides in new directions. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and radio-ready songs, The East Pointers reach out with open arms to a wide range of listeners, inviting them to discover a love for a new style of music.

The trio write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy. Listening to The East Pointers’ brilliant second album – produced by superstar East Coast-bred songwriter/producer Gordie Sampson – is akin to meeting up with an old friend – and then going out for twenty drinks.

Mel Parsons has strong connections with the Canadian music scene and says “I’ve seen The East Pointers lift the roof off various festival venues overseas, and I’m super stoked they’ve managed to squeeze in a NZ run into this world tour. I’m so excited for audiences here to see the show and discover their music – the live show is really next level”. Parsons, who is currently working on a new record, will join the trio for the Christchurch, Wellington, and Paekakariki shows.

The flip side of What We Leave Behind – and of The East Pointers’ electrifying concerts – are scorching instrumental tunes that yank the freewheeling, Celtic past into the present.

“Traditional music has always been at the core of what we do as a band,” explains Jake Charron. “There’s something powerful about a style of music that has been passed on for generations around the world.”

New Zealand fans of the trio can see them live when they touch down for their tour with Mel Parsons in early 2018.

The trio’s first ever show in Christchurch is not to be missed!

Rock Steady: The Classic Rock Supergroup – featuring members of Bad Company, Foreigner


Topline Entertainment are proud to present for the first time in New Zealand “Rock Steady” featuring members from the multi platinum selling bands Bad Company and Foreigner in an all Star Classic Rock Super Group summer tour of New Zealand January 2018, playing all the hits from Bad Company, Free, and Foreigner. With support from Jas Josland & Band.

– Dave “Bucket” Colwell, Guitar.

Former guitarist for Bad Company/Humble Pie. Serving for over 16 years with Bad Company, recording and touring with all 3 vocalists that worked with the band, Brian Howe, Robert Hart and the legendary Paul Rogers. Countless US Tours, several world tours, 3 studio albums and 2 live albums. This included performing in the 2002 line up of the band which featured Paul Rogers on vocals and recorded the US Gold Certified live CD/DVD “Merchants of Cool” which featured guest performances from Slash (GnR) and Neil Schon (Journey).

Dave also worked with the band Humble Pie recording and touring in support of their 2002 album “Back on Track”.

Dave also released his first solo album under the name Bucket & Co in 2010 which featured guest performances from members of Iron Maiden, Thunder and The Quireboys plus many more.

– Rick Wills, Bass Guitar.

Rick is best known for his work with the rock band Foreigner and his associations with the Small Faces, Peter Frampton and Bad Company.

Wills joined the Rock band Joker’s Wild in 1966, (with David Gilmour on guitars and vocals), replacing Tony Sainty, until they broke up in 1968. He played bass on Peter Frampton’s first three albums before parting from Frampton in 1975. He became the bassist with Roxy Music in 1976, before leaving the band and joining The Small Faces in 1977, during their reunion period. He left the Small Faces and appeared on David Gilmour’s eponymous album in 1978, with William Wilson on drums. The next year, Wills became a member of rock band Foreigner and remained with them for fourteen years.

After leaving Foreigner in 1992, he joined Bad Company and stayed with them until Boz Burrell rejoined the band in 1998. In July 1999 he filled in for Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson for live shows when Wilkeson briefly took ill. On 24 April 2001, he appeared at The Steve Marriott Memorial Concert, as part of a backing band with Bobby Tench, Zak Starkey and Rabbit Bundrick.

Wills was reunited with The Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones in the The Jones Gang during 2006 and appeared with The RD Crusaders for The Teenage Cancer Trust at The London International Music Show on 15 June 2008.

On 12 January 2015, in Sarasota, Florida, Wills and original drummer, Dennis Elliott, joined Foreigner on stage, to play “Hot Blooded”.

– Ronan Kavanagh, Vocals.

An international singer/songwriter from Ireland who has spent 25 years living and playing professionally in London ,Europe and The USA. He has worked and recorded with people such as: Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell of Bad Company, Kenny Jones of The Faces and the Who, Rick Wills of Foreigner, Harry James of Thunder.

He has also toured Europe as support act for the Simply Red Arena tour, which took in all the larger arenas including Wembley.

He has written for other artist such as Shannon Noll, Denise Pearson, 183 Club and continues songwriting for both himself and others.

– Special Guest: Gordon Joll, Drums.

Gordon Joll is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished musicians, a drummer of world class status who has played a part in shaping New Zealand’s musical history for over 40 years, as the drummer for such great names as Joe Walsh, Herbs, Hello Sailor, Rock Candy, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy T. James, Tom Sharplin, Hammond Gamble, The Mockers, Glen Moffatt, Brendon Ham, the list goes on. He is an inducted member of the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. Gordon has recently toured with the Bourbon County Brothers as Kenny Rogers support band, backing for Jody Direen and other recent tours with Hammond Gamble and Midge Marsden.

Barry Saunders & Adam McGrath Swapping Songs And Yarns


Two of New Zealand’s finest songwriters together on stage for an evening of yarns, ballads and barnstormers.

Barry Saunders of The Warratahs and Adam McGrath of THE EASTERN are both known for the rolling, rambling, spirit raising atmospheres they project in their respective live shows.

So it seems only fitting that Saunders and McGrath will be coming together this December for an evening of good old fashioned folk singing and Christmas hope building; bring along a children’s toy or gift to donate to Birthright Christchurch (a not for profit organization that provides support to solo parents). All gifts big or small will be gratefully accepted and much appreciated.


McGrath has been described as; “NZ’s toughest minded songwriter” – Graham Reid

And as simply “The Truth” – Barry Saunders

And Saunders himself is truly a New Zealand icon, with a career that has spanned thirty years.

“Barry Saunders sings about the changes that happen around us, changes we can do nothing to prevent, as well as the ones that take place inside. And he does it better and more recognizably than just about anyone” – Nick Bollinger RNZ

Paul Ubana Jones


An intimate soulful performance from an acoustic guitar sensation.

Winner of three New Zealand Music awards Paul Ubana Jones, born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul was playing guitar by the age of 11. Three decades and nine albums later, he continues to perform throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the USA.

Paul has shared the stage and toured with the best: BB King, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Norah Jones, Keb Mo, Crowded House, Tuck and Patti… He has delighted Festival audiences at the Dublin Blues Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, and many others across Europe.

¨A national treasure, Paul Ubana Jones is so much more than one man with a guitar. He is a conjurer of unique and original folk songs, rooted in primal Blues and Soul.¨

¨Trying to describe just how good Paul Ubana Jones is, is like trying to define why the Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world – words pale in comparison.¨ – Evening Post

The Coalrangers


After a break of six years, the iconic country-roots band The Coalrangers gather from both sides of the Southern Alps to perform at Blue Smoke.

The Coalrangers are a hard act to pigeon-hole, as they have always comfortably straddled numerous musical genres. They have produced three acclaimed albums that showcase the eclectic range of this unique group.

Their first CD Coast To Coast won the Country Album of the Year at the 1996 Tui Music Awards. This was followed by Home Tonight which highlighted the songwriting talents of the band members.

In 2005 the popular Harbour Light Sessions was released. This live album was recorded at the Coalrangers’ annual Office Christmas Party held each December at the much-lamented Harbour Light Theatre in Lyttelton. A popular album that recorded the diversity, unmistakable musicianship and live appeal of this iconic South Island band.

“Their music is a reflection of each member’s tastes and influences. Besides the obvious country and blues, there’s also calypso, reggae and folk music as well as songs such as 36 V8 Ford, Louisville, Otira, Karamea Cowboy and West Coast

Bound, that positively drip with the imagery of where they’re from”. Audio Culture

Yumi Zouma ‘Willowbank’ album release tour

Yumi Zouma return to New Zealand to support Lorde at her Christchurch release show for Melodrama and for three special shows off the back of a European, North America, Japanese and Philippines tour in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Willowbank.

The New Zealand leg of the tour will be a club night extravaganza rolling late into the evening with special guests, DJ’s, smoke machines, a disco ball and positive energy.

‘New Zealand is where we wrote Willowbank and where we will finish 2 and a 1/2 months of touring. Put your troubles aside, come and laugh, live, party and celebrate being alive with us.’ – Yumi Zouma

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons

Live in Christchurch – Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons! A dream New Zealand tour of songs and swagger – hits our nation’s favourite concert venues November 9-26.

Mel and Greg will perform together and alone alongside their super-talented hybrid band featuring Ted Brown, Josh Logan and Jed Parsons.

For Mel, 2017 has been a busy year of touring New Zealand, Australia, and Europe in support of her highly acclaimed third album Drylands:

“We’re going to have great fun with each other’s songs. Touring around some of my favourite NZ venues on the cusp of summer with Greg and a great band – bring it on!”

Greg’s forthcoming EP ‘Low Frequency Word’ will be released prior to the tour and available on CD at the shows.

Expect plenty of songwriting gems from the pair responsible for the likes of Save Yourself, I Won’t Let You Down, Isabelle, Far Away, Don’t Wait Another Day, Get Out Alive, Now The Sun Is Out, and many many more.

Marlon Williams Again ‘Vampire Again’


“Channeling Roy Orbison at moments with a good sense of humor great songs and one of the best voices at Newport, New Zealand’s Marlon Williams.” – Bob Boilen NPR All Songs Considered

Marlon Williams returns with “Vampire Again,” his first new material since releasing his acclaimed debut album in 2015 and touring relentlessly around the world, including performances on CONAN, Later…with Jools Holland, opening for Bruce Springsteen and picking up both an ARIA Award nomination and two New Zealand Music Awards.

Following Williams’ recent performances at the Newport Folk Festival and Portland’s Pickathon, he’ll hit the road throughout the rest of the month supporting City & Colour throughout before returning home to New Zealand to play three intimate full band shows this November. These will be Marlon William’s first headline shows in New Zealand since March 2016’s sold out Powerstation show!

In creating “Vampire Again,” Williams returned home to Lyttelton to re-engage in the writing process and work again with producer Ben Edwards. Below he discusses the story behind the song. Watch the accompanying video, directed by Williams in collaboration with UK cinematographer Steve Gullick. It’s a tragicomic vignette of a societal outcast – misshapen, uncomfortable, humorous and a little touching.

Marlon says of new single Vampire Again – The germination of this song began in LA last year. It was indeed Halloween again, and I was bored, having spent a week locked away in an Airbnb by the airport trying in vain to write a song. Any song. Nothing came. So Halloween comes around and I figure, “Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight. Alone. Comfortably alone. Comfortably alone to see the LA Opera performing a new score to accompany my fave scary flick Nosferatu at the Ace Hotel. I’m gonna dress as the spindly creep himself. What’s more, I’m gonna get super blazed before I go. And be comfortably alone.”

So, off I go, having spent far too much on a last minute outfit, and step out of the Uber and onto the red carpet with a nauseating air of self-confidence. “This is my night. I am strong. I am human and it is my right to express myself how I see fit.” Turns out I was running late, and when I finally enter the theatre everyone was already seated and the overture had begun. What’s more, no one else was dressed up. Well they were, but in tuxedos and lovely dresses. And there was nowhere for stoned ole spindleboots to sit. So, I hunched and crawled my way down the aisle and sat on the floor like it was the most reasonable thing to do at an opera.

I made it through the whole film and then calmly turned tail, satisfied that I’d had a good time and sure that I’d heard whispers of “bad-ass” as I left the building. I’d like to believe that this was, at least in part, the catalyst for a whole new period in my life and my art. But that’s bullsh*t.

Anyway, here it is, my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation; “Vampire Again.”

Marlon Williams ‘Vampire Again’


“Channeling Roy Orbison at moments with a good sense of humor great songs and one of the best voices at Newport, New Zealand’s Marlon Williams.” – Bob Boilen NPR All Songs Considered

Marlon Williams returns with “Vampire Again,” his first new material since releasing his acclaimed debut album in 2015 and touring relentlessly around the world, including performances on CONAN, Later…with Jools Holland, opening for Bruce Springsteen and picking up both an ARIA Award nomination and two New Zealand Music Awards.

Following Williams’ recent performances at the Newport Folk Festival and Portland’s Pickathon, he’ll hit the road throughout the rest of the month supporting City & Colour throughout before returning home to New Zealand to play three intimate full band shows this November. These will be Marlon William’s first headline shows in New Zealand since March 2016’s sold out Powerstation show!

In creating “Vampire Again,” Williams returned home to Lyttelton to re-engage in the writing process and work again with producer Ben Edwards. Below he discusses the story behind the song. Watch the accompanying video, directed by Williams in collaboration with UK cinematographer Steve Gullick. It’s a tragicomic vignette of a societal outcast – misshapen, uncomfortable, humorous and a little touching.

Marlon says of new single Vampire Again – The germination of this song began in LA last year. It was indeed Halloween again, and I was bored, having spent a week locked away in an Airbnb by the airport trying in vain to write a song. Any song. Nothing came. So Halloween comes around and I figure, “Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight. Alone. Comfortably alone. Comfortably alone to see the LA Opera performing a new score to accompany my fave scary flick Nosferatu at the Ace Hotel. I’m gonna dress as the spindly creep himself. What’s more, I’m gonna get super blazed before I go. And be comfortably alone.”

So, off I go, having spent far too much on a last minute outfit, and step out of the Uber and onto the red carpet with a nauseating air of self-confidence. “This is my night. I am strong. I am human and it is my right to express myself how I see fit.” Turns out I was running late, and when I finally enter the theatre everyone was already seated and the overture had begun. What’s more, no one else was dressed up. Well they were, but in tuxedos and lovely dresses. And there was nowhere for stoned ole spindleboots to sit. So, I hunched and crawled my way down the aisle and sat on the floor like it was the most reasonable thing to do at an opera.

I made it through the whole film and then calmly turned tail, satisfied that I’d had a good time and sure that I’d heard whispers of “bad-ass” as I left the building. I’d like to believe that this was, at least in part, the catalyst for a whole new period in my life and my art. But that’s bullsh*t.

Anyway, here it is, my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation; “Vampire Again.”

Soaked Oats & Marlin’s Dreaming Release Party

Dunedin alt-pop bands Soaked Oats and Marlin’s Dreaming are having a joint release party at Blue Smoke this November.

Dunedin four-piece Soaked Oats describe their sound as ‘shoulder pop’, and while we’re not exactly sure what that means, their certainly serving up some sonic goodness. They write songs with thoughtful lyricism and guitar-driven indie-pop sounds.

Over the cooler months, the band have hunkered down – writing and recording new material, as well as playing a plethora of shows including opening slots for touring acts Tiny Ruins, Clap Clap Riot, and Ha The Unclear.

Soaked Oats are excited to perform new songs off ‘No Slip Ups’ as well as songs from their first EP ‘Stone Fruit Melodies’

Marlin’s Dreaming have just released their debut single ‘Cheeky Kids’. It has gained some great traction peaking at number 5 on the NZ VIRAL Charts on Spotify as well as appearing on over 20 international magazines/blogs

Have you ever unexpectedly stumbled upon a tune that you just cannot stop playing throughout your day? A tune that you can completely relate with that makes you happy? Here’s a little group from Dunedin, New Zealand with combined sounds of alt-rock and roll and psychedelic funk. Founded and fronted by lead singer Semisi and guitarist Tim, Marlins Dreaming new single ‘Cheeky Kids’ is an independent track indeed, as it makes us feel fresh and brand new. It’s music that you’d want to hear while making some of the best memories in your life. It’s a song full of independence and a motivator for you to get out and explore the beautiful earth on a sunny day.

Matthew Smith & His Band

Matthew Smith returns to Blue Smoke this November support from Amarina Waters and H’man Kaa. Playing with his full band he will be performing songs from his debut LP as well as singing new material live for the very first time.

He has been writing new material for the last three months and these new songs will be on his next album to be recorded early in the new year.

Come and get a sneak preview. This will be a special show and one not to miss!

Matthew Smith has been writing songs from the age of thirteen and he is no stranger to the New Zealand music scene having performed for many years as front man for rock n roll outfit Von Voin Strum. In 2016 Smith embarked on a solo career and recorded his first self titled LP, released earlier this year.

His influences are wide and varied from Bright Eyes to Father John Misty and his blend of Indie folk and alt country are showcased with his soulful voice and heartfelt songwriting. Smith will perform with his all star band featuring; Tom Harris, Shaun Burke, H Kaa and Emily Browning, they have invited special guests Tom Maxwell to open the show.

Amarina Waters plays indie folk with dreamscape electric guitars, there’s a thread of redemption and gratitude about her songs. They are good humoured, delicate and melodic; romantic yet strikingly candid.

An active and much loved member of the Melbourne music community, sharing a stage with the likes of Kelly Day and Jane Hendry (Broads) Al Parkinson, Emilee South, James Kenyon, Brooke Russell, Ayleen O’Hanlon and Gretta Ray to name a few, she’s now bringing her music out into the limelight.

Graeme James Farewell NZ Tour



Farewell New Zealand tour announced!

Graeme James is back with his raucous, foot-stomping new single Wish You Well; available to stream and download today.


A timely tune about saying farewell to a friend off to travel the world, Wish You Well has become a very personal and fitting song for Graeme, as he prepares to relocate to Europe for adventures of his own with wife Zoe in mid-2018.

Graeme is proud to announce a huge New Zealand tour before he moves overseas, playing shows in some of his favourite spots around the country to say goodbye to the local fans who have been instrumental in his success so far.

Graeme James started out playing violin as a seven year old with the desire to become a classical concert violinist.

However It was while he was at university in Palmerston North that he put down the violin and started learning other instruments, the most significant of which being the acoustic guitar which enabled him to start writing and playing his own songs.

In desperate need of some cash to repair his car while on a New Year holiday in 2012, Graeme hit the streets of Gisborne for his first ever loop pedal busking session and the response from the public was so positive he was back on the road in two days.

Graeme had always written his own songs, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he began performing them live and his original material was met with immediate interest from fans. His first single ‘Alive’ was released in late 2015 and ended up placing second in a major international songwriting competition and has gone on to accumulate nearly 2 million streams on Spotify.

His debut original album ‘News From Nowhere’ released in September 2016 peaked at number three on New Zealand album chart and number 26 on the Top 40 album chart. It was a finalist in the NZ Music Awards 2017 Folk Album of the Year. A collection of songs written while touring the length and breadth of New Zealand, the album drew inspiration from the beauty and immensity of Aotearoa’s famous landscapes, and is intensely visual in its writing and sound.

The News From Nowhere Album Tour featured a string of sold out shows across the country and was followed by a summer of national and international festival appearances cementing Graeme’s reputation as a captivating live performer and recording artist.

The Ahern Brothers


Following the release of their debut album in June The Ahern Brothers have not slowed down. The talented duo sold out a string of shows across Australia on their album release tour, before heading back out on the road for 24 shows from Sydney to Darwin in support of Australian music icons Tex, Don & Charlie.

This October they are headed to New Zealand to play a run of shows in some beautiful, intimate venues across the country. The tour kicks off on Wednesday 18 October at the Portland Public House in Auckland, wrapping up on Sunday 29 October with a show at the Pigeon Bay Social Club.

The response to The Ahern Brothers debut album has been phenomenal, with four star reviews from Rolling Stone and the Courier Mail. Their live show has been called ‘a soothing sonic whiskey, indeed’ by The Music, speaking of big things to come from these talented singer-songwriters.

Die! Die! Die! Charm. Offensive. Release Tour


Die! Die! Die! have announced a 5-date New Zealand tour to coincide with the emersion of their explosive new album, Charm. Offensive. due for worldwide release on October 6th on LP, CD and digitally.

Drenched in the storied history and traditions of post-punk, noise pop, shoegaze, lo-fi, and punk rock, Charm. Offensive. is the sound of a thousand different nights played out in dingy bars, ramshackle DIY venues, and decaying concert halls around the globe. It’s also the sixth full-length album from Die! Die! Die! Charm. Offensive. features the single ‘How Soon Is Too Soon (It’s Not Vintage It’s Used),’ currently #1 on the alternative airplay chart, and new single Bottlecaps and Phones (I Cant See You), released today. Both tracks are a telling reminder of why they’re one of the most enduring and unapologetic bands to emerge out of New Zealand in over a decade.

Banished Music and Under The Radar proudly presents

Die! Die! Die! Charm.Offensive. New Zealand tour

Sneaky Feelings

Legendary New Zealand band SNEAKY FEELINGS’ New Album PROGRESS JUNCTION LP Tour


Released on Flying Nun Records August 2017

How do you explain a near thirty-year gap between albums? Perfectionism maybe

….. tardiness certainly…… but it is well worth the wait.

Sneaky Feelings, one of the original Dunedin Sound bands formed in the early 1980s return with a brand-new album of original songs. And they are going on the road to support it!

Sneaky Feelings was drawn to a wider variety of musical styles than most early Flying Nun bands and were one of the first to experiment in the recording studio. Perhaps what drove the band to push the limits of a pop band has been the fact that all four members write songs. And while the band may have not played much over the years, the individual members have continued to hone their songwriting skills.

The twelve songs on Progress Junction were recorded over two years in bass player John Kelcher’s Christchurch studio. There was no plan when the band began recording, the four members just had a bunch of songs that suited the Sneaky Feelings sound and feel. As the band put the album together they experimented by weaving in snippets of audio from New Zealand radio archives. Voices from the past started talking to the present.

True to the lost New Zealand egalitarian dream, each band member contributed three tracks, and although there was no grand design, each song reflects on an aspects of New Zealand life. The album starts with an invitation from the owner of a junk shop to inspect his treasures (Do You Like That Style?) and ends with Ghosts walking out of an abandoned town (Progress Junction). In between there are end of life decisions to be made at a retirement home (Castle of Dreams), celebration of friendship and summer (Summer Song), a warning against unnecessary entanglements (Other People’s Lives), a plea for academics to stay true to their calling (Don’t Come Down), and earthquakes……All the usual rock and roll subjects

…….. but are the band’s new preoccupations signs of maturity or symptoms of middle age decline? Do they amount to progress?


1983 Send You Flying

1986 Sentimental Education

1986 Waiting for Touchdown (compilation)

1988 Hard Love Stories

1999 Positively George Street (compilation)



The fans have asked (repeatedly) for it, and Anika Moa has listened. The beautiful, witty and talented singer/songwriter today announces four concerts for her grown up fans, and South Island dates for her Songs For Bubbas: Chop Chop Hiyaaa! show.

The In Swings The Tide 10th Anniversary Tour concerts will feature Anika and her band performing the album In Swings The Tide in full, along with brand new music and her biggest hits, with dates scheduled for Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. Anika’s producer and collaborator Jol Mulholland’s band Mulholland will be support act for all dates.

“I loved the idea of Shihad doing The General Electric in full so I am copying them basically.” Moa said. “I can’t wait to pour my heart out all over again and singing these songs that are 10 years old. Yay, I’m old! Speaking of old, I will be playing some of my new songs too – but who cares about that, let’s play In Swings The Tide!”

After a massive North Island tour in July and hundreds of requests from South Island parents, the Songs For Bubbas: Chop Chop Hiyaaa! show will visit Dunedin, Wanaka, Timaru and Christchurch this October School Holidays.

“I have genuinely loved taking this kids show on tour and I got so many death threats from mamas and papas from the deep South that I am touring down there for my personal safety (kidding). I’m just sorry it’s not more cities!”

Anika Moa with support by Mulholland

In Swings The Tide 10th Anniversary Tour

‘The Boy Next Door’

In celebration of Nick Cave’s 60th birthday – ‘The Boy Next Door’

Beyond comparison, Beyond genre, Beyond dispute

Cave pens love eulogies that’ll sink you to your knees, performs like a revivalist, croons like a drunk, weeps like a banshee, mocks like the devil.

His undisputed musical genius has been drip-fed to the world over decades. In celebration of his 60th birthday we bring you The Boy Next Door – One night revelling in the majesty and wonder of Nick Cave’s songwriting prowess and performance spectacle.

Reb Fountain, Dave Khan, Ben Woolley, Dylan Storey & Logan Compaign channel the raucous, the brazen, the wisdom and the beauty of Nick Cave’s musical legacy with special guest Delaney Davidson. Collectively they have performed alongside some of New Zealand’s greatest musical talents including Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn and The Eastern.

Hear Nick Bollinger discuss Reb Fountain’s new album ‘Little Arrows’ here

Eb & Sparrow ‘To the West’ Single Release

Eb & Sparrow ‘To the West’ Single Release


Supreme sweethearts of New Zealand alt-country, Eb & Sparrow, bring you their new single “To The West” from their forthcoming third album, due out early 2018. To accompany this single release, the band will be taking to the road; performing an exclusive show at Blue Smoke with support from Fraser Ross.

“The country’s coolest, most sultry voices” The Listener

On the back of their previous release Sun/Son (2015, Country Music Award Finalists for album & song 2016) Eb & Sparrow have gained national recognition and have become renowned for their self-carved niche and unique musical style in the ever-widening scope that is New Zealand Americana.

“Grand, cinematic, and rich with anticipation” Lydia Jenkin NZ Herald

To The West, written by front-woman Ebony Lamb and arranged with Gram Antler, was recorded in the historic homestead Ahiaruhe, in the heart of the Wairarapa in January 2017, with Tui award winning producer and sound engineer Brett Stanton (NZ/Melbourne). Utilising vintage recording equipment and instruments in the large wooden building to take advantage of the lush textures and presence, the band has pulled out all the stops. The rhythm section, consisting of new drummer Justin Barr (Golden Awesome) Chris Winter on bass, takes a big step up and Ebony Lamb and Gram Antler on electric guitars and Bryn Heveldt on lapsteel provide the drama throughout. Lyttelton’s Anita Clark (Motte, Devilish Mary & the Holy Rollers) returns as the brainchild of the string section.

One Waka

One Waka and The Caffeinated Collective mash it up in a display of live roots reggae and hip hop coming out of the heart of Otautahi.


Having teamed up for a scorcher last summer these two local crews meet once again!

For a night which migrates from the Caffs energy filled, pass the mic style hip hop packed with alternative beats and locally referenced lyrics. To the Waka’s renowned culturally infused style of grass roots reggae

Out of the expanse of the Canterbury Plains comes One Waka. A 7-piece Reggae Roots Cooperative bringing their take on rockers rhythms, up skanked tempos and harmonic vibes.

Inspired by the authentic roots sounds of the 60s & 70s and iconic kiwi reggae & dub greats like The Black Seeds & Katchafire, One Waka have set out to bring those vibes to the live audiences of Christchurch, New Zealand for the past six years.

The Caffeinated Collective are from the depths of the Pacific — Beats brought to life by Caramel Smooth Heaven and flows so smooth by Seb The Vegabond, YourBoyTuha, Jimmy K and Blaz.. for now


Pacific Heights

Devin Abrams brings the full band to Christchurch for an exclusive headline performance, featuring all of his most recent works, in the intimate setting of Blue Smoke on September 9th.


Pacific Heights is the solo electronica project of Wellington-based songwriter, music producer Devin Abrams aka DJ Reno. Best known for the fifteen years he spent as one of the founding members of New Zealand heavy soul band Shapeshifter, of late Devin’s focus has returned to his solo work, heralding the arrival of a new album titled The Stillness. For Devin, The Stillness is a statement on the emotional state that led to the album. “It encapsulates some very deep personal trials and served as a vessel for those pains to be broken,” he explains.

Since he began recording as Pacific Heights in 2002, Devin has used his unique command of melody and atmosphere to carve out his own lush takes on jungle/drum & bass, deep house, soul, hip-hop, future beats and beyond. Release by release, and performance by performance, he’s continued to assert his importance to electronic music in New Zealand.

His first album in eight years, The Stillness features guest appearances from a small but perfectly formed collection of New Zealand vocalists including Deanne Krieg, Jen Turner, Louis Baker and Shaan Singh (Drax Project). “Collaborating with these beautiful and talented people on the album kept me human and provided some refreshing musical perspectives,” he says. The result is a work that pays homage to his musical past and gives him the freedom to present his own takes on tasteful art-pop and progressive bass music at the same time. “I’m deeply attached to this album but feel ready for it to take flight and move into its own space.” The Stillness, a moment of pause and peace above troubled waters.

Special thanks to Jacob Yikes for the artwork.

Reb Fountain Little Arrows Album Release Tour with Hopetoun Brown

Reb Fountain Announces New Studio Album and Tour – ‘Little Arrows’ with support from friends Hopetoun Brown

Reb Fountain Announces New Studio Album and Tour – ‘Little Arrows’

“Songwriters don’t come much better than this.” Radio NZ, William Dart

“Reb Fountain’s voice demands attention no matter what she sings.” The NZ Listener, James Belfield

It’s here – 6 years in the making – Reb Fountain’s album LITTLE ARROWS is set for release September 1st with an exclusive 4 tour date to follow.


On the back of the acclaimed release of her EP Hopeful & Hopeless, Reb Fountain releases the second of her stellar projects: Little Arrows.

“It’s as though we’re standing on the edges of some gypsy carnival. The tempos may be lively, still there’s a brooding darkness about songs in which Fountain reflects on trust, betrayal and survival in a hostile world. If there is dancing, it’s a serious dance, the kind performed to exorcise some malign spirit. And in her singing, too, she seems to be drawing – like the Spanish duende – from the deeper and darker parts of the soul.” Nick Bollinger, RNZ

Little Arrows is rich full of songs about grappling with relationships, both personal and institutional, and countering injustice by fighting back with self, song and community.

Little Arrows began in the music den of her Grandmother’s home in Vancouver. Full of musical instruments, trinkets and photographs not to mention two pianos along with a fold out couch for when family or friends stopped through … which was often; Reb found solace and reflection in her familial space.

Reb writes and sings as if she just burst into song telling tales woven together; multiple stories running through, often concurrently, creating a landscape rich, diverse and universal. Her recently released EP Hopeful & Hopeless revealed her mastery of the folk tale. Little Arrows contains both folklore and pop; illuminating all sides of Reb – the dark the light, the rock, the roll; the folk and the lore that awashes between.

‘Little Arrows’ holds the key to a moment in time that can never be recaptured. A beautiful, creative collaboration between three gifted songwriters – Sam Prebble, Dylan Storey and Reb Fountain – bound in deep friendship. Irrespective of the time it took to develop, Little Arrows seems to be fit for purpose right here, right now. Reb manages to transcend folk, punk Americana, and fill the well of the political with heart and soul. Reb is a strong, independent voice, bent on carving her own line, embracing the hopeful and hopeless and creating a reflective sound for our times.

Big Band Extravaganza Fundraiser

Come and join the Big Band Extravaganza and help them raise funds to support the Rodger Fox Big Band in their effort to get to the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Rodger and his band members have done a lot to support us here in Christchurch and we wanted to show how grateful we are by making a contribution to their tour fund.


Entry will be by a minimum of a $10 donation (but more happily accepted for this good cause!) and there will be food and drink available for purchase at the bar.

Doors at midday. Please spread the word among all your friends and family – it will be a wonderful afternoon and your support will be so appreciated.

12.20 Chisnallwood Intermediate Big Band

12.50 All Girl Big Band

1.40 River City Jazzmen

2.30 Garden City Big Band

3.20 Rangi Ruru Big Band

3.50 Ellesmere Big Band

4.40 Sideline Swing

Below is some information about the invitation the Band has received:

The Rodger Fox Big BandBand has been asked to perform at the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival in the US in September.

Festival organisers have recognised the pre-eminent status of the big band and invited them to join the line-up in its milestone anniversary year. Musical Director Rodger Fox is delighted with the unexpected invitation -it reflects the overseas reputation he and his players have achieved over the 40 years the band has been running.

In rolling out the red carpet, CEO of the festival, Tim Jackson, says “It’s a great honour to invite New Zealand’s acclaimed big band” to join the line-up in a milestone year.This festival is renowned as one of the world’s pre-eminent longest consecutively running jazz festivals, which makes the invitation to Rodger Fox particularly special.

Their programmes for the festival will include performances with US blues guitar master Chris Cain and a featured programme of New Zealand music.In addition to the Monterey Jazz Festival invitation, Rodger has arranged performances on the West Coast of America and a recording session at the acclaimed United Studios in Los Angeles. United is where top artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick and Diana Krall recorded many of their celebrated albums.

Rodger’s 20-musician big band is comprised of Wellington’s leading young talent, including Lauren Ellis – drums, Ben Hunt – Trumpet, Eilish Wilson – saxophone and Oscar Laven – Saxophone are all seem around Wellington in bands such as the Richter City Rebels and the Mingus Ensemble.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Rodger and all of the musicians. However with these opportunities come significant financial challenges.The Rodger Fox big band is a not-for-profit society, and the total tour budget is set at a minimum of $128,000, which the big band has had only four months to raise.