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City Showcase: Spotlight New Zealand


Fri 26 Nov 2010, 8:00pm–12:30am

Where: Kazba, 26 Hastings St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Wristband to cover full weekend of gigs on a first come first served basis: $32.00 ($30.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Jacquie Sutherland

Chris Cope will headline this gig at an intimate venue where the audience can get up close and personal. Chris Cope hasn’t been waiting around to start succeeding – he got in early. Outside of musicians’ circles, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of multi- instrumental wunderkind Chris Cope. His most notable connection to the New Zealand Music scene was as guitarist in the much missed band Eight.

Chris is joined by Esther Melody Band - one of Kiwi music's discovery of the year and Australian band Bonfire Nights, brand new Brisbane girl/boy duo. Having bashed their heads against the wall in other promising bands in the past, they decided that teaming up was the way to go as their combined songwriting prowess, as well as their aligned creative aesthetic, seemed to fall into line perfectly, better than any other musical relationship so far. and local boy, JR (James Rochester) JR is singer songwriter guitarist James Rochester. After spending time in the UK and Europe performing and writing as a solo artist and with bands JR returned to NZ to begin working on an album. The debut album “Another Beginning, Another End” is out in 2010, which will see him and his band “the GMC” scaring small animals as they hurtle around NZ making themselves heard.

The evening will wrap up with a performance by Glass Vaults - a Wellington, NZ Based two piece who use a mixture of washed textures, ambient and atmospheric sound scapes and an amalgamation of programmed and live drums. Both born in the rural Manawatu, Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce met at university in Wellington where they began experimenting with music as an immersive and tactile medium.

New Zealand has been selected as the first country outside of the UK to host City Showcase – the London music festival that launched superstars Amy Winehouse, Keane and Razorlight and Napier is set to host the event.

New and emerging musicians will be given the opportunity to perform at gigs in and around Napier’s vibrant Art Deco city centre including in bars, cafes, boutiques and bookshops creating a musical village, with evening gigs moving to the well established concert venues which will be supported by headline acts.

The audience will be invited to vote for their favourite act and the festival will culminate in a finale - Finding the Future - in front of a judging panel made up of leaders from the New Zealand music industry at the iconic Soundshell on Sunday afternoon.

Daytime events will be free but wristband holders will be eligible for promotions whilst the performance is taking place. Entry to evening gigs, workshops and the Soundshell will be by wristband only on a first come first served basis subject to age restrictions at some venues.

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