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What's on in Auckland - Autumn 2010


Auckland-based band George and Queen will release their third album Teenagers and Grownups on Monday April 19th.

The album is released through Gone Quiet Records and features the singles 'Hut 234' and 'Not Dying Man' which have featured recently across alternative radio.

George and Queen are Neil Newton, Immi Paterson, Rich Pharaoh, and Pandu Samarasinghe. Neil and Immi met at Otago University in 2001, and played in numerous bands together. They moved to Auckland in 2004 and formed George and Queen.

Their first album City, recorded at home as a duo and released on their own label Gone Quiet Records, came out in 2007. The single 'Didn't Mean It That Way', which featured on the album, went to #1 on Kiwi FM.

For The Wind is Up, George and Queen's second album, Neil and Immi were joined by drummer Rich and bassist Pandu. It was recorded at Venn Studios with Dave Holmes and mastered by Steve Hall, Future Disc in 2008. The single 'Lemonade' was a successful alt radio track, and went to #1 on 95bFM. This success gained them a spot in the 2009 Big Day Out.

In celebration of the release of Teenagers and Grownups George and Queen will be playing a one-off show at Whammy Bar in Auckland on the 17th of April.

"Honed through countless sets at Auckland's St Kevin's arcade, George and Queen's stuff is good, often bordering on great".

Dan Trevarthen, Real Groove

"Their Music has folk influences but the jangly guitars of Dunedin bands surface on most tracks. They sound like an unlikely cross between The Magick Heads and the Clean". Warren Brown, Waikato Times


Auckland-based band Dead Fools Fiesta will release of their self-titled debut album on Monday April 19th.

Dead Fools Fiesta are an unique 4-piece rock reggae band with a Spanish feel. The band (formerly known as The 4 Mexicanos) formed three years ago within the misty jungles of the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland. The four members of the band are Jude Hassett (Vocals + Keyboard), Adam Wilburn (Guitar), Jack Graves (Bass) and Jon Hart (Drums).

Through playing countless shows over the last three years around the North Island, Dead Fools Fiesta have gathered an impressive fan base. This can be seen at any of their performances, where it's not uncommon for capacity crowds to be checking out their powerful, intellectual and fun sound.

Over the past two years Dead Fools Fiesta have performed with bands such as House of Shem, Tahuna Breaks, Unity Pacific and Skankamelia. Notable performances have included Auckland City Soundclash, Xfest 09, Toots and Grooves festival and the Piha Quicksilver Keyhole party.

2008 saw the release of their debut self titled E.P under their former name, The 4 Mexicanos. This release helped cement the band as an integral part of the Auckland Ska/Reggae scene.

Dead Fools Fiesta now have their sights set on the wider New Zealand audience, with ambitions to expand to foreign shores. The band's ascending reputation shows that this is the space to watch.

See Dead Fools Fiesta live at their Album Release Party. Saturday 17th April at Galatos Bar, Galatos street, Auckland.

Kai to Pie: Auckland on a Plate

New Auckland Museum Exhibition Tells the Story of Auckland Through Food

On 12 June Auckland Museum opens an all-new exhibition called Kai to Pie: Auckland on a Plate. The free exhibition celebrates Auckland's extraordinary wealth of people and cultures, its fertile abundance of land, sun and sea, all through the lens of food.

Auckland's story is unique. It's a story that can be told through the dining tables of the 181 ethnic groups that call New Zealand's largest city home. Kai to Pie recognises the role food plays in family, belonging and culture.

From an exploration of the sumptuous and extraordinary 1844 Remuera feast which boasted a menu of 9,000 sharks and 11,000 baskets of potatoes to picnics under a chorus call of cicadas, from the White Lady pie cart to conversations about the future of food, Kai to Pie reveals and revels in what it means to be an Aucklander.

It is Auckland on a plate. And it has to be tasted to be believed.

What: Kai to Pie: Auckland on a Plate

When: From Saturday 12 June

Where: Auckland Museum, Special Exhibitions Hall

Note: A full media kit will be released closer to the opening date. In the meantime, please contact me if you're interested in exploring story angles.

For more information and interviews contact Caleb Starrenburg, Auckland Museum Publicist, Phone (09) 306 7059, Mobile 021 171 9161, Email cstarrenburg@aucklandmuseum.com

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