Tiki lines up for Subbies sale gigs


The original owners of Queens­town live music institution Subculture plan to go out on a high note. 

Subculture co-owners Simon Hendl and the Crowley sisters Antonia and Michelle announced the sale of the Church Street nightspot to a consortium headed by Wellington musician and entrepreneur Jostan Murray this week. 

The official handover is February 13. 

Subculture is hosting a top-flight series of gigs this weekend as part of the handover celebrations. 

MC Tiki Taane leads a jam tomorrow night, an all-local Subculture Allstars night is on Friday and UK drum and bass hotshot DJ A-Sides plays Saturday. 

Hendl and the Crowleys owned the club for nine years. 

Hendl, known as DJ/producer Downtown Brown, says: “We’re enormously proud to have hosted some of the finest acts from around Aotearoa and around the world.” 

Subculture crowds have seen seminal early performances from influential Kiwi musicians, Hendl adds. 

“Some of the acts we hosted back in the day in our little 200 capacity club, like Shapeshifter, Kora and Fat Freddy’s, now play to audiences of thousands around the world.”