Gig Archive

Newtown Top Ranking

When: Saturday 1:00pm 10th Dec 2011

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Art Official & Hawk i plus special guests Topknot & Deef

Price: Free!

Come to Baobab Cafe, every Saturday afternoon from 1-6pm for Newtown Top Ranking – bass-lines and beats inna reggae, dub, hip-hop sound system stylee!

Hosted by Art Official and Hawk i, with special guests this week Topknot and Deef!

Niceup Xmas Party

When: Saturday 1:00pm 17th Dec 2011

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Aio, DJ Grassroots (AK), Ghetto Vibes International (AK), Tomo (Japan), Jaz 72, Sweep, Barika, Paradox, & hosted by Art Official, Hawk i & Israel Starr

Price: Free!

Come to Baobab Cafe, for the NiceUp Xmas Party – bass-lines and beats inna reggae, dub, hip-hop sound system stylee!


Live Welly band, Aio
DJ Grassroots, Back-a-Yard Sound (AK)
Ghetto Vibes International (AK)
Tomo, Redemption Sound (Japan)
Jaz 72

Hosted by Art Official, Hawk i & MC Israel Starr

Giveaways by Peoples Coffee
Free NiceUp Xmas Mix CDs by Undercover

Big Up:
Baobab Cafe
Peoples Coffee
Newtown Sound

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3 The Hard Way

When: Friday 11 Nov 2011

Where: Havana – 32-34 Wigan Street

Art Official, Undercover & Israel Starr

Price: Free!

The NiceUp Crew return to Havana Bar for the next installment of 3 The Hard Way – this time featuring Welly boom selectors, Art Official and Undercover, and one of NZs leading vocal talents, Israel Starr pon the mic, for a night of red hot reggae dancehall!

A stalwart of the NZ scene, and the man behind Newtown Sound, NiceUp and the celebrated Ghetto Red Hot series of parties and mixes, Art Official is an accomplished selector, turntablist and producer.  Always ready to rock the dance, expect nothing but the toughest tunes from this Wellington badman.

Originally from Auckland where he rolls with NZs ultimate party crew, The Sandy Bay Social Club, Undercover now spreads his killa reggae, soul, funk and hip-hop selections around the Capital, in the dance, on the airwaves, and on the Internet via his much talked about blog, Underground Undercovered.

The son of NZ legend, The Mighty Asterix, Israel Starr is an artist on the rise.  Highly versatile, Starr is able to rip up anything from hip-hop flows, sweet lovers rock and dancehall to smooth soul.  Check his debut single release, produced by Art Official, To the Foundation.

The 3 join forces at Havana Bar to bring the Welly massive a night of heavyweight reggae business – do not miss!

More info:
Newtown Sound website
Newtown Sound Facebook
Underground Undercovered blog
Israel Starr Facebook

One Step Forward

When: Friday 10:00pm 26th Aug 2011

Where: Havana – Wigan Street

Newtown Sound, Israel Starr, Hawk I & guests

Price: Koha donation appreciated

Come to a big night of reggae inna dancehall style to help get Newtown Sound & Israel Starr to the Byron Bay Reggae Festival!

More info:
Newtown Sound website

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Newtown Rocksteady EP Release Party

Saturday 9:00pm 28th May 2011

Newtown Rocksteady, Battle Ska Galactica, Israel Starr, Newtown Sound, Hawk i

Where: Happy Bar (corner Tory and Vivian Streets)

Price: $10 entry

Newtown Rocksteady is an twelve-piece big band that simply makes you want to move. Cool covers, righteous melodies and hot original songs, the band members combine their talents to recreate the Rocksteady reggae sound.

Sounds and styles are inspired by the late 60s crazes of rocksteady and ska dancehalls in Jamaica and England. The result is an inspired sound, with an infectious combination of mellow rhythms and upbeat dance tunes to get the whole family grooving. Many of the band members are from other successful local groups, like Hikoikoi, IRoots, Roy G and the Bivonators, Safari, Zirigidum and The Resole Project.

Also performing on the night is Battle-Ska Galactica, an intergalactic and interplanetary Ska EXPLOSION! Having been together for over a year now played various events throughout the country Battle-Ska have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with!! Featuring some of NZ’s finest instrumentalists this band has the skills and musicality to get all up and skank’n!!

Hosted by Desta Israel Starr, Newtown Sound and Hawk i.

Firehouse Selections with Nardo

When: Friday 9:00pm 29th Apr 2011

Where: Havana – Wigan Street, Wellington

Nardo (Firehouse, Oz), Art Official, Vital Sounds, Hawk i, Undercover & Lady Acroline

Price: Free!

Special guest selector: NARDO from Firehouse Sound in Sydney hits Havana Bar (Wigan St, Wellington).

With local selectors Undercover, Hawk i, Lady Acroline, Manray  and Art Official.

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Cool & Deadly

When: Friday 9:00pm 18th Feb 2011

Where: Meow, Edward St, Wellington

MC Timmy P, Jinetero MC, DJ Dozen, Lady Acroline, Hawk i, Colonel Mustard, Livity (Reality Chant – CHCH) 

Price: $5 entry

Come down to MEOW BAR to hear some of wellys finest selectors and mc’s for a mash up of Dancehall, Reggae, Dub & Reggaeton with special gust – DJ LIVITY representing REALITY CHANT SOUND (CHCH) running tings in a COOL & DEADLY style !!

Meow bar 9pm start $5 on door

LIVITY (Reality Chant)