Gig of the Week: Get your ears ready for three big band blasts


Queenstown music fans will rock the Memorial Hall to the rafters at a hat-trick of festive cracker gigs by top Kiwi bands.

New Zealand favourites Kora kick off the action this coming Monday, followed by a sizzling concert from Katchafire on Wednesday.

On New Year’s Eve, punters will party into 2010 at the 550-capacity venue with the Rhombus in Dub show.
Promoter John ‘Johnno’ Stapleton, from Queenstown-based company Revolver, says the trio of performances – dubbed the Summer Set – could spark a new open-air music event in the resort for the same time next year.

“It’s three good names we’ve attracted over the holiday period and over the dates we’re hoping to establish something along the same lines, but bigger, for outdoors next summer,” Stapleton explains.

“We’re trying to start something and grow on it because nothing much seems to happen musically in Queenstown apart from the status quo of the usual touring bands.

“Good acts tend to attract more good acts and we’re hoping these three festive period shows will ramp up the town’s reputation as a don’t-miss place to play.”

Kora will pump out the funk, dub and reggae beats that helped their 2007 self-titled debut album shoot straight to No1.

The gig will be something of a homecoming for frontman Laughton Kora and bassist Dan McGruer, who in the late 1990s played together in Queenstown-based band Soul Charge.

“Queenstown is where I really first started to open up, public-wise, with my music,” Laughton has said.
Early in the New Year, Kora head for Singapore and Japan to appear at major music festivals.

All-Maori reggae stars Katchafire warm up for a string of NZ summer music festivals at their Memorial Hall show.

The Hamilton-based group fired to fame with their acclaimed first two albums Revival and Slow Burning. Their hit song Giddy Up was also the best selling single of 2003.

Katchafire have also been busy in the studio putting together a new album, slotted for release next year.
The trio of Memorial Hall shows winds up on New Year’s Eve with Rhombus.

Billed as Rhombus in Dub, it features producers Thomas Voyce, Simon Rycroft and Koa Williams, who’ll bring the studio to the stage and get the party jumping.


Catch Kora, Katchafire and Rhombus in Dub at the Memorial Hall next Monday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively, from 7.30pm