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Kiwis make The Great Escape

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Four New Zealand acts have been confirmed for this year’s The Great Escape.

The UK festival – which attracts more than 3500 music professionals– runs from May 8-11 in Brighton and is an important showcase event for NZ artists.

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Merry Christmas from The Beths

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Festive singles are somewhat out of fashion these days, but The Beths have resurrected the form with a cover of the standard ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.

Released on Friday (November 30), the song was finished during their most recent tour and is singer Liz Stokes’ favourite Christmas song. The single is available digitally and on 7” and all proceeds will go to the Girls Rock Camp Foundation.

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Levi’s Music Prize extended to New Zealand artists

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Kiwi artists will now be eligible for Australia’s Levi’s Music Prize, which provides financial support for acts looking to take their career to the next level.

The BIGSOUND initiative is worth $100,000, which is divided into four $25K quarterly grants. Applications are now open for Round 2 for 2018/19 and is open to Australian and New Zealand artists who have performed on the official BIGSOUND line up over the past five years.

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Trans-Tasman Nostalgia Fest

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TrinityRoots leads the first ever trans-Tasman line-up for next year’s Nostalgia Festival in Christchurch.

Sponsored this time by Cassels & Sons, the event has previously featured only homegrown acts. However, the 2019 edition will see the rejuvenated TrinityRoots joined by Aussie acts Mama Kin Spender and C.W Stoneking as headliners.

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Girls Rock! Camp back next year

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Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa will be back for a second year in January.

The one-day event – which aims to encourage young women and transgender and gender non-conforming youth to take up music – will be held again at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) on January 25 and will be followed the next day by a live showcase.

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The Beths: Elizabeth Stokes on Future Me Hates Me

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The buzzsaw bop of The Beths wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common with jazz, but oddly enough there is connection.

Like their pals Wax Chattels, the Auckland four-piece first – who debut album Future Me Hates Me has just been released– met while studying jazz at Auckland University.

However, singer/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes doesn’t see it as being that much of a contradiction.

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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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First acts confirmed for The Others Way 2018

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Flying Nun icons Bailterspace and Headless Chickens will join rising stars such as The Beths, Wax Chattels and Estère at The Others Way 2018  in Auckland next month.

Held this year on August 31, the 2018 edition of the annual indie extravaganza boasts an eclectic, generation-spanning line-up of local artists, who will perform across than 10 venues on and around Karangahape Road.

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