UK artists in the house


Queenstown welcomes two United Kingdom big hitters this week.

DJ Weiss and Stanton Warriors arrive in the resort to hit the decks.

Meanwhile, Kiwi singer-songwriter Nadia Reid takes to the stage fresh from her UK tour.

London-based DJ Weiss, who reckons he’s about to purchase a life-sized Stormtrooper to protect his home studio, plays Barmuda tonight as part of Electric Rush.

He reckons the audience can expect straight up house music “with balls”.

It’s his third time playing here and he says it “goes off” every time.

Weiss got his first taste of vinyl at 13 years old.

As a youngster he snuck downstairs after his big brother hosted a house party, trying out his decks and later pinching his mix tapes from the UK club scene.

He grew up listening to Motown and Disco – both big influences on his music.

Electric Rush promoter Guillem Carnero Ribera says it’s teamed up with LUMA Southern Light Project and artist Angus Muir is designing special lighting to “enhance the clubbing experience”.

Stanton Warriors, aka Bristol boys Mark Yardley and Dominic Butler, hit the decks at Bungalow tomorrow night.

Yardley says he’s stoked to play Queenstown before kicking off the European summer tour.

“We’ve packed some fresh goodness hot off the press and this weekend is going to be a banger.”

Shifting from house to home, Kiwi songstress Reid plays The Sherwood this weekend after her sold-out London debut.

Touring Europe was far less glamorous than she expected.

Life on the road left little downtime to be a tourist.

Described as sensitive, melancholic folk, her set promises to be an intimate performance of songs from her Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs album, as well as new tracks.

Her introduction to a musical career was a mixture of timing and coincidence.

“I fell in love with folk music and had a musical upbringing. The rest is history. Writing songs is an expression that comes very naturally for me and I really rely on it these days, as a way to make sense of my world.”

Once the tour winds down, she is looking forward to some time on home soil, preparing for her next album.

Weiss plays Barmuda tonight. Presale tickets $15, door sale $20.

Stanton Warriors play Bungalow, Friday. Tickets $25.

Nadia Reid plays The Sherwood, Saturday. Tickets $15.