Israel Starr – Aotearoa Road Trip – Fri 7 Dec – Sat 9 Feb

Fri 7 Dec - Manukau - WTF Bar Sat 8 Dec - Tokoroa - Tavern Trees Bar Wed 9 Jan - Palmerston North - The Royal Hotel Thu 10 Jan - Hamilton - The Local Hotel Fri 11 Jan - Gisborne - East Coast Vibes…

Serocee – You’ll Never Find 7″

(Jambrum Records, 2008) I had my tunes on shuffle the other day and this wee gem popped up. I'd forgotten how much I like this tune, which made me realise I'd never picked up the 7". This was…

Reggae Vibes meets Chief Remedy Sound System – Fri 14 Dec

When: Friday 14 December Where: Crown Hotel - 179 Rattray St, Dunedin 9pm - 2am, $10 on the door Reggae Vibes and Chief Remedy Sound System unite to deliver a session of heavyweight roots, meditative…

The Auckland Ska Festival – Sat 1 Dec

When: Saturday 1 December Where: Galatos - 17 Galatos Street, Auckland Two stages of live ska and reggae! 3pm till late, tickets from Undertheradar, $35 on the door

Auckland Ska Festival Mix for NiceUp

Rossco, co-founder of The Auckland Ska Festival, in the mix with a Ska Fest special. Check all these bands at the Festival, Saturday 1 December at Galatos! More info: Auckland Ska Festival AceTones…

Auckland Ska Festival 2018

NiceUp talks to Rossco, co-founder of the Auckland Ska Festival and guitarist in The AceTones, ahead of this year's event, Saturday 1 December. Can you tell us a bit about the history behind the…

Hidden Riddim – Fri 23 Nov

When: Friday 23 November Where: R Bar - 49 Cuba Street, Wellington Check the next Hidden Riddim, Wellington's monthly heavy reggae session. With very special guest from Sydney, Señor Bambu. And…

Micah Shemaiah – Roots I Vision

A celebration of clarity, this opening track off the eponymous album (out early 2018) ought to have rightfully cemented Micah Shemaiah’s position high among contemporary reggae singers. If that’s yet…

Crucial Selection with Empress Naima

Bless up NiceUp for approaching me for Crucial Selection and big up to the Aotearoa sound systems and massive! I have so many favourites so it's really tough to pick just one, but I am strongly drawn…

Reality Chant and Israel Starr – Future Navigator

(Reality Chant) Canterbury reggae stalwart Gabriel “Messenjah” Calcott enlists vocalist Israel Starr Buchanan for the latest release on his own Reality Chant label. The three-track EP includes a trio…

The Groove Thief interview with Naâman

Reggae singer Naâman arrives in New Zealand for shows as part of his Pacific Tour this November. The French artist, who will be accompanied by DJ/producer Fatbabs, kindly fielded some exclusive…

Ice Cream Man (Jstar Remix)

With just the right blend of dreamy vibes and dancefloor-focused grooves, Jstar’s remix of Sam and the Womp’s “Ice Cream Man” is a thoughtfully executed reminder that music is, above all, meant to be…