Since I’ve done such a slack job of keeping up with my daily recommendations as we count down the days (I managed to lose an entire weekend and only part of it was due to the alcohol), I thought it was better to hand over to the professionals, so I put a call out to some of my favourite musicians and bloggers for a different perspective on what to see at the mighty G.
Many promised but it was left to the irrepressible Peter McLennan, aka Dub Dot Dash to deliver. Peter’s is a site that should be immediately added to your blogroll if you’re a Kiwi or a fan of Kiwi music, and added even if you’re not, as he always has something interesting to say. Top blog, top bloke. Over to Peter…
Ladi6 Gully Outernational, Fri
Check this down-under soul diva, her latest album was produced with Wajeed in Detroit. Electro space-age soul styles, and great live energy. Can rap up a storm too.
Daptone Super Soul Revue West Holts, Sat
This will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Unstoppable soul excitement from beginning to end. Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Charles Bradley and more. [Ed’s note: <– THIS! A hundred times this. Charles Bradley was last year’s Glastonbury highlight and the majestic Ms Jones never disappoints.]
Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra West Holts, Sun
The former Madness cat with his magnificent, jumped-up ska ensemble – their album is a killer, so this will be a skanking good time.
Connan Mockasin The Park, Sun
Gloriously eccentric pop from NZ. This dude’s live shows have been getting rave reviews in the US.
Danny Krivit NYC Downlow, Fri
Legendary NYC producer, remixer and DJ who will play so many great tunes, you will dance til your feet hurt. Then you will lie down, and keep dancing. [ED: Amen to that]