By Sarah McKenzie
After conquering Australia, with 31 stores nationwide, Platypus sneaker store is set to open its doors on Queen Street this weekend. The streetwear retailer, which is home to a tonne of global sneaker brands; Vans, Converse, Nike, Adidas, Dr. Martens and more, will carry over 500 different styles, making it one of the biggest and greatest shoe stores Queen Street has ever seen. Solving your quest for the perfect shoe, Platypus will be stocking accessories by popular Swedish brand WeSC, launching footwear giant Timberland, plus offering a free in-house magazine ShoeShine. Head online to platypusshoes.co.nz for the chance to win a $500 ‘Sneaker Spree’ on opening day for you and a friend.
By Will Seal
When you’re after a musical experience more personal than a concert, there’s nothing to beat a live acoustic session. Hence – the excellent opportunity that is hitting NZ this month with local favourite Tiki Taane and recent returner Jayson Norris.
Tiki will be playing everything from his hit single ‘Always On My Mind’ to material off his upcoming acoustic album, due for release later this year. As mentioned, the show also marks the return of Jayson Norris to New Zealand. Back in the country for the first time following a relentless touring schedule in the UK, he has made a name for himself both at home and abroad and has opened for acts including Andrea Bocelli, INXS and Sneaky Sound System, as well as being member of multi-platinum collaboration Fly My Pretties.
To mark this occasion, I caught up with both of the boys to ask a few questions and hear a bit more about what’s going on.
This is your first time back in the NZ following a two-year hiatus in the UK, what have been your highlights over that period?
Musically – supporting bands like Blue King Brown, Katchafire, Sneaky Sound System, Kora, I Am Giant, Tiki and being part of Fly My Pretties. Personally – having a 2nd child, getting an invitation from the Queen and meeting Prince Charles and moving to the countryside in Essex. Being part of Homelanz Festival in London was also up there.
What are you looking forward to most about returning to NZ?
I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends. Playing some tunes with Tiki and Jess Harlen. Seeing my folks and eating as much seafood as I possibly can. Oh yeah, and seeing the sun.
Do you also have any new material coming up? Will we be hearing some of it on the tour?
My single Closer To You is out at the moment plus a collaboration with DJ Gainsford with a track called Everything I Need. We hope to release this track regardless of winning the 1st place with a video to match. You will be hearing quite a few new tunes on this tour plus a couple of older ones, which seem to never die!
When can we expect a new album?
An EP in August is coming at ya!!!
You’ll be previewing new material off your forthcoming album on the tour, what can fans expect?
A heavily tattooed brown dude playing the ass out of his acoustic guitar!
Do you get nervous performing new material for the first time?
Yup for sure! I still get nervous performing the old shit.
How did you hook up with Jayson and Jess and will you be doing any on-stage collaborations?
I met Jayson years ago at Homegrown in Wellington. From there we stayed in touch & when I toured the UK & EU last year I asked if Jayson would support me at my London show. We kicked London’s ass that night so we decided to bring it back to New Zealand and add Jess Harlen to the line up. I met Jess properly at the Maori Waiata Awards and since then we’ve been talking about making some music together, so I’m sure we will all be ready to jam together onstage at the end of my set.
What do you look forward to most about being on tour?
Seeing the country, seeing old friends, making new ones, jamming together onstage, when the crowd goes off, the after parties & the good times!
Tickets are available now from Dash Tickets, so don’t miss your chance to see the boys at the following dates and locations:
Tiki Taane / Jayson Norris Acoustic tour
April 11th — Imbibe – Tauranga
April 12th – Diggers Back Bar – Hamilton
April 13th – Collards – Kaitaia
April 18th – Juice Bar – Auckland
April 19th – Bodega – Wellington
April 20th – Dux Live – Christchurch
By Sarah Mckenzie
Moochi are making a return to Wellington Fashion Week tonight to show off their new season winter looks and not yet released ‘dress week’ styles. The New Zealand label, which is known for its on-trend and easy-to-wear collections, then launches into Dress Week on Saturday 13th April. The in store event which goes down twice a year, will feature new dresses, a gift with purchase, and for every Moochi postcard holder, a Moochi COLLECTION tee worth $119.99 when you spend $300 or more. If you want to get your name down for your favourite Moochi pieces in time for dress week, check out their collections at moochi.co.nz
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By Sarah McKenzie
If you’re short of ideas on what to get up to this Easter weekend, we’ve got a few ideas…
Our:House presents Nite:Life
Witness the resurgence of the ‘all night dance party’ and bring in the long weekend with the world’s best EDM (electro dance music) artists. Party till the early hours to club-bangers by the likes of Grandmaster Flash (New York), Hardrock Sofa (Russia) and Helena (UK/Australia), plus local acts including Jupiter Project, Optimus Gryme, Mayavanya and Remix Magazine’s Tim Phin. Avoid the midnight shutdown tonight and head down to the Ellerslie Events Centre from 9:00pm. Tickets are still available at www.iticket.co.nz
Bass Fest 2013
If you’re game enough to continue the party through to Friday night, check out Bass Fest at Studio on K Rd. Get your fix of all that is bass, from dubstep to breaks and drum and bass by acts including UK’s Stanton Warriors and local legends Optimus Gryme and Aural Trash. To accompany the euphoric tunes, there will also be a ‘Festival of Lights’, featuring AV visuals, massive lasers, moving heads, UV lights and enough glowsticks for every raver. Tickets start from $29.90 and are available at www.iticket.co.nz
Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival
Jump on the ferry over to Waiheke Island this weekend for three days of good times and great music. Running all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, soak up the last of the summer sun with some of the world’s best soul, jazz, blues and funk artists. Also offering family fun, food and a licenced bar, you can choose from any, or all, of the following five events: Good Friday Groove, the Jazzabout Day Pass, Evening Concert Series, Late Night Supper Club and/or the Sixpence Brothers. For more info and to grab your tickets, head to www.waihekejazzfestival.co.nz
Easter at Ellerslie
Racegoers can enjoy two days of Easter racing at the Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday and Monday. Enjoy a picnic trackside and checkout some top-class racing action in the sunshine. Free for all ages; there will also be plenty of children’s activities including an Easter egg hunt, a Swing Ball park and a bouncy castle on the Newmarket Lawn. Gates open at 11:00am, go to www.eventfinder.co.nz for race times and more.
Whangarei Fritter Festival
If you’re heading up North this long weekend, make sure you check out the first ever Whangarei Fritter Festival on Saturday. Embrace the relaxed vibes with great music and a feast of fine wines and gourmet fritters from Whangarei’s finest restaurants and wineries. Soak up the sounds of some our amazing homegrown talent including the Black Seeds, Sola Rosa and Batucada Sound Machine, and have fun with heaps of family entertainment including a giant water slide! For ticket prices and information head to www.fritterfestival.co.nz
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