November 26th 2010
City Showcase: Spotlight New Zealand 2010 will launch with a tribute to the late Ian Morris.

City Showcase is London’s leading not for profit festival for new music which takes place annually in London’s West End. 

City Showcase is coming to Napier, New Zealand on 25-28 November with more than 40 bands from New Zealand and Australia performing in Napier’s CBD. The winner of City Showcase: Spotlight New Zealand will win a trip to City Showcase: Spotlight London 2011, sponsored by the British Council.

City Showcase: Spotlight New Zealand 2010 will launch with a tribute to the late Ian Morris on Thursday November 25th 6.30 pm, at the War Memorial Centre on Marine Parade. Local band Valve will play a selection of songs from Th’ Dudes.

Lead singer from Valve Shane Gibson said it was an honour to perform a tribute to the legendary Ian Morris who had helped produce a song for them just weeks before his death.

“Ian Morris was an  incredible musician and we were so fortunate that he was based here in Hawke’s Bay. He spent so much time and energy encouraging aspiring musicians – he would have loved City Showcase,” Shane said.

Also performing will be influential New Zealand singer/songwriter Annah Mac and two bands with Havelock North High School links,  “Tuesday’s Gone” and Gareth Malan. The evening will be presented by Mike Chunn of “Play it Strange”.

The launch will be attended by Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and Napier MP Chris Tremain.

City Showcase will continue throughout the weekend, creating a sensational musical village in the Napier CBD, with bands playing in retail stores and cafes in the city and on the Jagermeister Bus, situated at Clive Square. In the evening, well known evening venues including The Cabana, the Sideline Bar, Kazba will host gigs on both Friday and Saturday night.

A  Friday night gig will also be held in the Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, featuring Rosy Tin Teacaddy, Kotadama, Josh Leys and Miriam Clancy.

The weekend will finish with the Finding the Future Finale at the SoundShell on Sunday from midday.


•    Over 40 bands have been selected (from more than 400 entries) to play for title of City Showcase : Spotlight     New Zealand winner. The winning band or artist scores a trip to play City Showcase: Spotlight London in May 2011 – sponsored by British Council.

•    Bands include  seven Australian bands.

•    Bands will play at diverse retail stores, the Jagermeister Bus and at evening gig venues throughout the weekend. Final list of bands is as follows: Afternoon Raj, Annah Mac, Artisan Guns, Bonfire Nights, Cairo Knife Fight, Chanelle Davis, Chris Cope, Christy Ellen, Devils Elbow, Dread I Mind Tricks, Ed Muzik and the Burning Sensations, Eden James, Esther Melody Band, Gareth Malan, Ghost, Glass Vaults, Hannah Curwood, Holly Christina, Horusset, Inverse Order, JR, Jess Atkin, Josh Leys,Kotadama, Lisa Crawley,Margot Wuts, Mayan Fox, Medollic, Mile High, Phil Edwards Band, Popstrangers, Ross Arundale of Night Artery, Rosy Tin Teacaddy, Sarah Aitchison, Supermodel, Talita Summer, Tara Simmons, The Bayonets, The Comedowns, The Good Fun, The Leers, These Four Walls, Truce Lee, Tuesday’s Gone, Valve, Violet.

•    3 of New Zealand’s top bands have been invited to headline the weekend’s entertainment at the Soundshell on Sunday. These bands are: Autozamm, I am Giant, Soljah,

•    Launch party starts at 6.30 at War Memorial Centre, Marine Parade, Napier and includes tribute from local band Valve to Ian Morris. MP Chris Tremain and Mayor Barbara Arnott to attend. Wristband required for entry.

•    Public to vote via text for favourite band throughout the weekend. Text the word ‘vote’ followed by a gap and the number of the artist or band (see for the full list of eligible bands and numbers) to the Classic Hits dedicated text line 4487.  All texts cost 20¢

•    Finale at the Sound Shell Marine Parade starts at 1pm. Doors open at 12.15pm Entry is by wristband.Audiences should bring their picnics but please absolutely no alcohol permitted

•    Music industry workshops on Friday and Saturday – open to public and all City Showcase musicians. NB. space may be limited. Panellists include: Campbell Smith, Ian James, Chris Cope, Lance Cathro, Eden James, Paul McClaney, Miriam Clancy, Ann Harrison, David Hitchcock, Alan Holt, Barry Blackler, Anthony Healey, Stevie Atkin, Annah Mac, Brendon Smyth, Josh Leys, Lisa Crawley, Amy Shanks, Sarah van der Kley.

Wristbands allow entry into all weekend’s entertainment.
•    The cost of a wristband is $30 from, or selected evening venues.  Wristband holders will also enjoy discounts at participating shops and cafés in Napier’s CBD.

For further information on gigs and music industry workshops:

or please contact Jacqui Sutherland 021 802 883

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