Punk Legends Stiff Little Fingers – The interview

Interview first published at www.13thfloor.co.nz

“Live fast, die young,” and “Not fade away,” surely apply to the first punk generation that exploded in a blitzkrieg of bile and fury in the 1970’s. The mantra was like some anarchic politico-SAS mission. Yet a few of the old guard endure – The Sex Pistols reformations or the return of the Buzzcocks… and it was no surprise to discover that Irish Punk heroes Stiff Little Fingers just celebrated 40 years of stickin’ it to the man. The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar got right to the point in his interview with lead singer Jake Burns.

TG: Weren’t you supposed to create the chaos and get out?. Yet here you are 40 years on.

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Auckland Folk Festival

Thanks to the wonderful Trevor Villers, got to attend the third day of the Auckland Folk Festival on Sunday 28th January.  This annual three day event has three main stages, umpteen workshop spaces and it’s own tent city as most of the attendees and artists choose to camp out under the stars at the idyllic location of the Kumeu Showgrounds.  The festival featured a number of big hitters such as Nadia Reid, Reb Fountain, Klezmer Rebs and Canada’s East Pointers.  Another surprise was Scottish harpist Esther Swift and USA’s the Lonely Heartstring Band. Here’s some of Trevor’s wonderful photos.

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13th Floor Talks To Mermaidens Abe Hollings

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First published at: https://www.13thfloor.co.nz/13th-floor-talks-to-mermaidens-abe-hollingsworth/worth

Back in early August last year Wellington trio Mermaidens released their most recent long player, Perfect Body.  Since then the band has toured at home and across the ditch, gaining accolades and respect for their unique sound.  Now, this February they’ll get to play at their home crowd, at Wellington’s second Coastella Festival.  Tim Gruar caught up with drummer Abe Hollingsworth, who along with bandmates Gussie Larkin (guitars and vocals) and Lily West (vocals and bass), make up this very creative three-piece. 

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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Auckland 29 January 2018)

Kia Ora, readers.  I had a blast at Laneway this year.  Normally, I take my own photos but this year I had a little help.  Here are some of the highlights, in pictures – courtesy of my friend Trevor Villers.  Enjoy

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