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Americana Fest line-up

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Some of New Zealand’s best known folk and country acts will share the stage with an eclectic line-up of international guests for the annual Southern Fork Americana Festival.

This year’s event will be the fifth and will run from October 5-12 at Spark Arena’s side venue in Auckland.

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Going Global Showcase line-up

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An eclectic line-up of New Zealand artists, spanning indie pop to hip hop, will take the stage at this year’s Going Global Showcase.

Thirteen bands have been selected to play the closing event at this year’s Independent Music NZ summit (August 31-September 1), with the gigs to be held at the Whammy Bar, Whammy Backroom and Wine Cellar.

IMNZ general manager Dylan Pellett says: “This year we had exactly 100 artist applications so our work was cut out to narrow down the showcase list. But I think we’ve ended up with a really good mix of artists.”

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Ben Edwards on The Sitting Room

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Ben Edwards may be New Zealand’s most in-demand producer at the moment, with his Sitting Room studio in Lyttleton fully booked until the middle of 2019. However, the award-winning recording wizard reckons he still has lots to learn about producing.

“I guess one it’s one of the problems of being in a small country on the other side of the world,” Edwards reflects. “How do you get to the next level when there is not that many people around to learn from?

“One thing I’d really like to do is save up the money – or see if there some form of funding – so I could spending three to six months at a studio in the UK or the States. The internet has opened things up but I would learn so much more by sitting in a room with, say, Ethan Johns, and watching what he does.”

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Remember tour for Arrowsmith

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Holly Arrowsmith has announced her A Dawn I Remember Tour, which will run through August and September.

The singer-songwriter will be showcasing her just released sophomore album on the nationwide jaunt, which will include dates in the major urban centres and the provinces.

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Holly Arrowsmith: A Dawn I Remember

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For folk artists, the norm is for a mainly acoustic debut to be followed by a bigger, more band-oriented sophomore set. But for Holly Arrowsmith it’s been the other way around.

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Homeward Bound: Holly Arrowsmith interview

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There’s no place like home, goes the popular saying – and it’s one that rings very true with Holly Arrowsmith.

Homesickness and identity are at the heart of A Dawn I Remember, the second full length album from the award-winning singer-songwriter, which was written at a variety of locations, both here in New Zealand and in the US.

“I started writing the album when I moved from Arrowtown to Auckland a few years ago,” she explains over the phone from, appropriately enough, from Queenstown, where she was about to perform. “I think it was kind of a wakeup call to how much of our identity is in the place we are from and the people who know us – that kind of safe environment. When you lose all of that at once, you kind of lose your bearings. I felt really disoriented for a long time.”

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