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Newtown Rocksteady Summer Tour


Sat 11 Jan 2014, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: Hilltop Tavern, 5207 Christchurch Akaroa Rd, Little River, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Door Sales: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: newtownrocksteady

Newtown Rocksteady is heading to the South Island for an extensive tour schedule this summer.

Hot on the heels of a huge single release party for new single “Something To Say”, Rocksteady are keen to get back to their loyal fans in Nelson and Golden Bay.

However this year marks the first time Rocksteady heads further south across the mountains to play in Barrytown, Lyttelton, Akaroa and Kaikoura.

Comprised of highly active members of Wellington’s vibrant music scene, Newtown Rocksteady has a great depth of experience to call upon. Its members have been involved in numerous other groups including The Nudge, Hikoikoi, Fly My Pretties, Trinity Roots, Brockaflowersaurus-rex, Roy G and the Bivinators, Bella Cajon, Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band and Zirigidum to name a few.

The band has its roots firmly embedded in the traditions of Jamaican rocksteady, ska and reggae music and is further nourished by its connection with its community. They will be spreading this love on their South Island tour in January 2014.

"Possibly one of the greatest dance bands to have played the Mussel Inn in the past eighteen years. These guys are rock steady in every sense of those two words." - Andrew, Mussel Inn

"I love it when I go to a concert expecting to see my favourite band and discover that the openers are almost better than the headline act. Numbering twelve on the stage, Newtown Rocksteady damn near threatened to demolish the stage by sheer force of numbers!

These guys are hard-hitting aficionados of ‘70s dub classics as per Lee Scratch Perry and Augustus Pablo, and their particular delivery quickly fuel up the lukewarm Sunday audience. Story goes that the Black Seeds caught their act at the recent Newtown Festival and were so taken they asked them to open for their Wellington homecoming gigs.

I can see why. Big horns, smatterings of conscious roots, deep, soulful grooves – tunes are well crafted, a little righteous but, ultimately, perfect to wiggle to. Special mention goes to ‘So Long’, with brilliant lines “oil on the water – pain in my soul” – a reference to BP, oil slicks, Nigeria and the evils of the oil industry." - Gig review by Tim Gruar