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Ruapuke Roots Garden Festival

Roots GardenWhen: 13, 14, 15 February

Where: Ruapuke Motor Camp – Raglan

Reggae Sound System Festival – All Tribes Welcome

I Livity Sound System (Germany)
Lion Rockers Hi Fi (Auckland)
Kindred Sound System ft. Jungle Far I (Christchurch)
Earl Gateshead (UK)
J Star (UK)
Naram & Art (Australia)
Macky Banton (UK)
Iron Dubz (France)
Alpha Steppa (UK)
+ more

More info:
Roots Garden website

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Off The Radar Festival

Off The RadarWhen: Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 February

Where: 181 Atkins Rd, Te Arai, Wellsford

Bringing artists and audience together at eye-level – more than just a festival!

Through a diverse musical line-up including Indie, Hip Hop, Electronics, Drum’n’Bass, Folk, Blues, Punk, as well as a mind-blowing kinetic & visual arts program, Off the Radar Festival 2015 brings together again a variety of interests concentrated in one stunning location. (more…)

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Reggae At The Beach

Reggae At The BeachWhen: Friday 2 January

Where: Raumati Beach – Waterfront / grass area

12pm – 5pm

Tu Crucial Sound System featuring Te Kupu, MC Wiya, Small, Winston Spliff & guests

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NiceUp Reggae Xmas

NiceUp Reggae XmasWhen: Saturday 13 December

Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington

Join the NiceUp Crew for the annual end-of-year mash-up, with an all-star line-up and all-crew in session!

Featuring: The Audio Mechanics – Sole, Ras Stone, Range, Antsman – Deep Thoughts Crew – Badjah, Squidy, Timbo – Steve the Hat, Rudie Bam Bam, Winston Spliff, Christoph, Dub Koala, & Thief!

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Shakka Sounds – Stack the Yard

Shakka SoundsWhen: Sunday 26 October, 2pm till late

Where: Dragons Den Social Lounge – 357 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

Special K (Dunedin/Queenstown dancehall/hip-hop reggae)

Eyes Down Sound & Crew (Christchurch Dub Sound)

Renue, Kang & Dee Jay

Mikey B (Queenstown/Auckland roots/reggae/dancehall/hip-hop)

Labour Weekend 2014 brings us the first ever Shakka Sounds “Stack The Yard” for your long weekend reggae listening pleasure!


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Crucial Vibes Sound Station

Crucial Vibes Sound StationWhen: Saturday 13 September

Where: Schanzenstr 41A 20357, Hamburg

Crucial Vibes Sound System

Highn B
Chalwa Sound (Munster)
Hawk I (NiceUp Crew)
Mighty Howard

Original sound thing!

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Israel Starr meets Dub Terminator ft. Gappy Ranks – No Response Fi Dat EP

No Response Fi DatRevisiting a tune from earlier this year, Dub Terminator takes his collaboration with Israel Starr and adds UK dancehall MC Gappy Ranks to the mix on this update to “No Response Fi Dat.”

On the opening re-edit, the driving force is the deep dub-hop bass-line – with appropriate echoes and subtle synths sneaking through – as this pair of verbal assassins ‘large up like sumo, load up the ammo’ in order to best address their inferior competitors. Israel Starr handles the chorus and outer verses, while Gappy Ranks makes the most of his brief appearance, boasting in baritone: ‘we no care who dem are, dem couldn’t go bar fi bar.’ (more…)

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Old Town Bashment

Old Town BashmentWhen: Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August

Where: Altstadtchilbi Untergasse 45 – Biel / Bienne, Switzerland

Line Up Friday, 7pm – 2.30am

Teacha Dee Live(Jamaica)
One Aim Soundsystem (Biel,CH)
Lion Powa Soundsystem (Biel, CH)
Ever Living Spirit (Biel, CH)

Line Up Saturday, 4pm – 3.30am

Big Mama Sound(Mannheim,D)
NiceUp Crew (Wellington, NZ)
Ever Living Spirit Sound (Biel,CH)
Root Block Soundsystem (Biel,CH)

Warm up by: Train Yard (Biel,CH)

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Wake the Town

Wake the TownWhen: Friday 3 October

Where: Havana – 32 Wigan Street, Wellington

The Wake the Town Crew are back in session in October! With special guest from Melbourne, champion selectress, Miss Fee. And the revival don, Steve the Hat.

Killa tunes old and new and vibes galore!

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Joe Nice (Baltimore, USA)

Joe Nice (Baltimore, USA)When: Friday 25 July

Where: Understudy – cnr Dixon and Cuba Streets, Wellington

Also featuring Welly heavyweight selectas:
Dirty Red
Deep Thoughts
And mic controller, Winston Spliff

Representing Baltimore, North America’s first and most respected dubstep DJ reaches Wellington for the first time! Rongotai Hi Fi and NiceUp present Joe Nice, as part of his 2014 Asia Pacific tour!

Universally recognised as the ambassador of dubstep in North America, Joe Nice has been instrumental in the growth and success of dubstep for nearly a decade. He is known for his live performances full of vibes, upfront selection, skilful mixing, and his bag of massive 10″ dubplates. (more…)

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