Karangahape Road Block Party Launches This New Zealand Music Month!

  • Karangahape Road Block Party Launches This New Zealand Music Month!
Karangahape Road Block Party Launches This New Zealand Music Month!

Karangahape Road Block Party Launches This New Zealand Music Month!

Introducing the Karangahape Road Block Party! A street festival of free live music happening inside, outside, and around some of Karangahape Road’s favourite cultural hubs, Thursday 23 May from 5-9 PM. Come on down and celebrate New Zealand Music Month with some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s best and brightest, featuring an extraordinary line-up of local musical talent.

Kicking off proceedings at our beloved and iconic Rainbow Crossing will be quartet Codes, a new quartet led by Supergroove’s Tim Stewart whose groove-tinged tunes reflect on the queer experience.

Celebrate the area’s brilliant independent record stores with performances by solo synth-master Power Nap, the ethereal violin and vocals of Motte, and swooning crooning trash bag pop act Créme Jéan at Flying Out (80 Pitt Street), and songwriter du jour Babe Martin, the sublime sonic sounds of Hasji, and electronics wizard Michael Logie (ex-Mint Chicks) at Flying Nun (202 Karangahape Road).

Making some seriously jazztastic and funky noise at Verona Cafe & Bar (169 Karangahape Road) will be, also from the Supergroove stable, sax player Nick Atkinson’s trio Love Square, featuring Finn Scholes (Carnivorous Plant Society) and Alistair Deverick (Boy Crush). Note this venue is R18.

Local venue Neck Of The Woods plays host to all manner of music, on any given week they’ll be hosting hip hop, drum ‘n’ bass, and indie rock, but happening out front of their door this evening will be a DJ set from Hafleh Collective’s حلالاماما, playing tunes discovered while she was recently living in Iraq.

Purveyors of Aotearoa-made and vintage clothing Crushes (225 Karangahape Road) will be playing host to three of our finest emerging songwriters; beth torrance, whose new song ‘Tiny Flowers‘ arrived recently on Particle Recordings, Muriwai’s Lilly Carron, fresh from releasing her new anthem ‘Keeping Our Bodies Warm‘, and Heidi Simpson, whose new tune ‘Vampire‘ has her on the list of ones to watch.

Mainstays of the Karangahape Road vintage clothing circuit, Vixen (191 Karangahape Road) will have their doors open while playing outside will be rousing country rebel Kendall Elise, the patron saint of K Road Will Saunders, and West Auckland gents The New Existentialists, led by Aotearoa songwriting dignitary George Henderson.

Finally, keep your eyes and ears peeled for the big-little soundsystem SMALL RAVE who will be running pop-up DJ lessons on the night.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, oh no! The music plays on into the night with a free Whammy Bar afterparty (R18) from 9pm, featuring Earth Punk and experimental artist Samara Alofa and her amazing band, hot topic rock ‘n’ roll duo Elliot and Vincent, and the country-tinged slacker Vincent H.L (1:12 Records)!

Karangahape Road Block Party, Thursday 23 May, 5-9PM, with an after party at Whammy Bar from 9pm! Check out the Facebook event here for the more details. Full timetable and map to come!

This event was made possible thanks to generous funding and help from the KARANGAHAPE ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION