Pushing Play: Drab support

Young pop superstar Liam Finn plays in Dunedin next week, on Thursday, which is nice.

Supporting him will be the Drab Doo-Riffs, fronted by Karl Steven, formerly of Supergroove.

The Drab Doo-Riffs release their EP on September 9, and the band's music is described as "a unique mix of rockabilly/psychedelic '60s" and, proponents say, "their live show is incredible, high energy and fun".

As we go to press, tour organisers are trying to set up some sort of in-store performance, to introduce the band to punters.

All the pies
The Nudge, Big Nudge Pie tour and album-release tour is coming to Dunedin.

The Wellington band have two Otago gigs; firstly at 12 Below on August 20 and a second at The Good Oil in Oamaru on August 23.

Big names
Otago's winter capital Queenstown is set to rock with Shihad, who play at the Burton Open Jam event next Saturday at the Queenstown Events Centre.

Joining the band for this one-off show is Kora, Queenstown's own DJ Downtown Brown with MCs KPZ and Stauny, of the infamous Sunshine Sound System.

The show is topped off by DJ/producer Optimus Gryme and original dub soldier Tiki Taane.

Flying again
New Zealand'S most loved musical collective is taking flight once again. Having not ventured out since early 2009, Fly My Pretties are back with a re-imagined show, new cast and a wealth of new songs.

The fresh concept will see the 16-strong cast collaborate with contemporary visual artist Hayley King (Flox). Audiences can expect a completely new production, from re-imagined costumes to boundary-pushing visuals.

In Act I, Flox will interpret each song from the new album, her images used both during the performance and as an exhibition of prints in theatre foyers.

In Act II, Fly My Pretties will deliver a set filled with a range of their classics plus a few surprises from Live at Bats, The Return Of ... and A Story.

The tour is partly a fundraiser as Fly My Pretties will be adopting "The Epicentre Guitar".

The guitar visually references the 7.1 Christchurch earthquake's epicentre, includes a selection of historic timbers and pays a special homage to the emergency services for their effort in response to the earthquakes. Fly My Pretties will be incorporating the guitar into the coming tour, playing it onstage and also including it in the exhibition.

Seven guitars will be auctioned off on November 24, with proceeds going towards a fund set up to support the Christchurch arts and music community.

Dunedin's show is on Saturday October 29 at the Regent Theatre.


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