Homegrown 2018

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WOMAD 2018 Diary

WOMAD Day 1

(Words only – originally published at https://www.13thfloor.co.nz/womad-2018-day-1/)

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Drummer – Thievery Corporation – Photo: McKenzie Jennings Gruar

A capacity crowd have packed out the Bowl of Brooklands, in New Plymouth, this weekend for one of New Zealand’s favourite all-ages festivals.  From the get-go there’s colour, revelry, food, spirit, passion and, of course, music!

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Electric Wire Hustle: Ready For The 11th Sky

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Published on 13thfloor.co.nz

The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar fills us in on the latest from Electric Wire Hustle…

Following on from the release of the award-winning Love Can Prevail, Wellington’s Electric Wire Hustle are set to release their third album, The 11th Sky, which continues themes of surreal storytelling, first seen on 2014’s Aeons EP This new album further pushes the boundaries of conventional genres with grainy electronic beats, smoky vocals and driving synths, further expanding their psychedelic/soul-sound.  It’s like David Lynch meets Motown, but with the essence of Aotearoa.

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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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