Orientation 2010

Hey guys.

Below is the line up of Orientation events this year, with thanks to The Victoria University of Wellington Students Association and the VBC88.3FM. Not just for students, tickets are also available to the general public. (For full disclosure: I had a hand in this years line up. I hope you like it!)


Union Hall
Tuesday March 2
Students $10/ Public $15 + booking fee

With support from SECRET KNIVES and JOE BLOSSOM
Students $20 Public $30 + booking fee
Tuesday March 2
San Francisco Bath House
*Tickets for this show also available at undertheradar.co.nz

Anthony McCall Drawing with Light
Late night at the gallery w/ KazaamBLAM!!

Adam Art Gallery
Wednesday 3 March

With support from SETS and 47 DIAMANTES
Wednesday March 3 2010
Mighty Mighty
Students $10/ Public $15 + booking fee
*Tickets for this show also available at undertheradar.co.nz

Thursday MARCH 4
$5 DEBATING SOCIETY $10 STUDENTS + booking fee

Friday March 5 2010

Ouch My Face & East Brunswick All Girls Choir

Hello! No time no blog. Hope you all had a good break. Just a quick note for those of us who are not attending Campus A Low Hum – there are a handful of great side shows happening but these two Melbourne bands are definately my pick of the bunch after catching them at Camp last year. Both are doing shows all over the country, and a few all ages shows as well.

East Brunswick All Girls Choir (Melbourne)

Wed 27th Jan, Dux De Lux, Christchurch
Fri 29th Jan, Wunder Bar, Littleton
Sat 30th Jan, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin w/ Ouch My Face
Wed 3rd Feb, Mighty Mighty, Wellington w/ Batrider
Fri 5th Feb, St Barnabas Scout Hall, Auckland, w/ Batrider, Ouch My Face and Nevernudes(ALL AGES)

Ouch My Face (Melbourne)

Thur 21st Jan, Mighty Mighty, Wellington w/ Thought Creature
Thur 28th Jan, Goodbye Blue Monday, Christchurch w/ Nevernudes and more
Fri 29th Jan, Franz Tormers Art Space, Christchurch w/ Nevernudes and The Body Lyre (ALL AGES)
Sat 30th Jan, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin w/ East Brunswick All Girls Choir and Nevernudes
Thur 4th Feb, Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ DHDFD’s and more Fri 5th Feb, St Barnabys Scout Hall, Auckland w/ Batrider, East Brunswick All Girls Choir and Nevernudes – ALL AGES
Sat 6th Feb, Happy, Wellington


Just a quick note about an exhibition tonight (Tuesday December 8th). Colin Kaldenbach – gig poster designer extraordinaire – exhibits the best of his work from 2009 at SFBH, with a live set from Wellington’s Kittentank.

Showcasing posters featuring bands such as Flipper, Sons of Midas, Gaywyre, The Postures, The Verlaines, Kittentank, New Telepathics, Newtown Street Justice and more . Prints, framed work and canvas are available for purchase. It’s free and there will be happy hour pricing all night. It kicks off at 6pm.

So if there’s a gig poster that has taken your fancy this year, you can either pick up a cheap good quality print or go the whole hog and get a framed piece. There is some original one off work for sale as well. The exhibition will run for two days only, so get in there! You can view some of the posters available here


The dark side of the California sun is about to shine on us as San Diego duo Crocodiles begin a series of shows in NZ this week– kicking off at SFBH this Wednesday December 2nd with support from Wellington swamp-disco legends Thought Creature.

For the uninitiated, Crocodiles songs began slinging across the Interwebs after No Age named the band’s song “Neon Jesus” as one of their Top Ten shredders of 2008. Unprompted, the forward-thinking Fader Blog posted two more stunner tracks, ’I Wanna Kill’ and ’Summer of Hate’. The influential Stereogum named them “Band to Watch” and described them as “The Velvet Underground swinging Jesus and Mary Chain.”

Crocodiles’ hometown San Diego is a sleepy military town, stuck between Tijuana and the bright lights of Los Angeles, but it isn’t Surf City, USA. Hells Angels, jocks, drug casualties, and the medicated rich populate the beaches, and while warplanes rumble in and out of the naval base. The kids here are bored. Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez played in various bands (including The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower who played some memorable shows here in 2005) before the duo struck out on their own as Crocodiles. They quickly self-released a 7″ single and used it as an excuse to escape their tarpit hometown. Crocodiles album ’Summer of Hate’ is born of the alienation and frustration fuelling their initial pairing.

Presales for this show are a ridonkulous $23 for an international act, available from our friends at Good as Gold, Real Groovy and undertheradar.co.nz. But act now and you shall receive a double pass for the even more ridonkulous price of free!

Kia Ora

Hello dear readers of the Wellingtonista!  This is just a quick note to say hello to you all, as I have recently been enveloped into the fold (?) and will now be informing you all of upcoming events I think are worth your time via this here blog.

A little about me – I work for The San Francisco Bath House, and also promote other shows across this fair city (i.e. at other bars). Usually I have a good deal of insider info regarding ticket sales, support bands, rumors of upcoming acts and gossip in the form of unusual rider requests and stories of bad behaviour and debauchery that inevitably go down when people + music + liquor come together. All to share with you!

There are a couple of gigs needing special mention coming up, but I will post on those separately soon…

Nice to ‘meet’ you all, and thanks to the Wellingtonista team for the warm welcome.