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ON the beat: Iceland comes to Wanaka for the Festival of Colour 0
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ON the beat: Iceland comes to Wanaka for the Festival of Colour

Last night, audiences at Wanaka’s biannual Festival of Colour were metaphysically transported to Iceland by Blackbird Ensemble’s Björk – All Is Full of Love show and then the phenomenal JFDR. Designed by composer and multi-instrumentalist Claire Cowan, All Is Full of Love is a homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk. Opening the songbook of the world’s most well-known Icelander (beloved for […]

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Thank F*** it’s Friday with Claire Cowan of Blackbird Ensemble 1
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Thank F*** it’s Friday with Claire Cowan of Blackbird Ensemble

ONmag caught up with the musical magnate Claire Cowan to find out the nitty gritty on All Is Full of Love – Blackbird Ensemble’s star-studded show which opens Björk’s songbook and makes it their own. Read ON to find out what inspires and drives Cowan, what’s in her fridge and where you can catch one of the Ensemble’s upcoming South Island gigs. […]

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ON tour: Arma del Amor with their killer debut album, Onna Bugeisha 0
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ON tour: Arma del Amor with their killer debut album, Onna Bugeisha

Following their debut album release from Arma Del Amor on May 11, the Onna Bugeisha tour sees the Wanaka-based live electronica band hit six intimate venues around New Zealand this June and July. Arma Del Amor will perform their meticulously crafted shows to connect with their audiences and share the spoils of their delectable new album. Securing number one on […]

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Freeze defrenzies at Aspiring ConversatiONs 0
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Freeze defrenzies at Aspiring ConversatiONs

Freeze (verb) To find stillness. Defrenzy (verb) To eliminate clutter, chatter, distraction and agitation.  “Bring your own stone,” the programme said. We’re carrying rocks we collected from the beach at Mt Aspiring look-out that morning. It’s a crisp Central Otago day, the second day of the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas, coined a “time for thinking”. We find seats on […]

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Beats & benevolence ON the beach: What went down at Splore 2018 2
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Beats & benevolence ON the beach: What went down at Splore 2018

There’s a certain kind of sadness to cutting off your Splore festival bracelet. The rainbow-hued fabric loop signifies your place in a tribe – a ticket to three days of good times oceanside at one of Australasia’s most-loved arts and music festivals. It’s your entrance to multiple stages and zones – both official and spontaneous. Your Splore wrist band is […]

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Six reasONs why: Nostalgia Festival is NZ’s ultimate all-ages gig (Review) 0
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Six reasONs why: Nostalgia Festival is NZ’s ultimate all-ages gig (Review)

Tipping its hat to the past with a firm eye on the future, Christchurch’s Nostalgia event is making a name for itself as the fastest-growing music and food festival in the country. ANNABEL WILSON shares six reasons why it’s a great day out for families and merrymakers of all ages. Beneath bright late-summer skies, Ferrymead Heritage Park came alive with […]

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ON the beat: Tips for Splore from The Nudge’s Ryan Prebble 1
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ON the beat: Tips for Splore from The Nudge’s Ryan Prebble

Ryan Prebble of The Nudge reveals his Splore festival Dos and Don’t, his musical influences, fondness for his fans and favourite ice block flavour. Read ON for his Q&A with ONmag’s editor ANNABEL WILSON.  So your music’s been described as “swampy blues”, “layered”, “tribal”, “something for the feet as well as the soul”… what can we expect from your set […]

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ON the beat: The road to Splore with Kody Nielson 1
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ON the beat: The road to Splore with Kody Nielson

Kody Nielson is a busy man. This year he has two new albums in the offing as well as a bunch of gigs lined up under his own moniker and with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. ONmag spoke to him as he prepares for Splore festival. So there’s a bit of a buzz on social media right now around your forthcoming album The […]

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Maximise your ‘Mystic Ritual’ mojo at Splore 2018: A how to guide… 3
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Maximise your ‘Mystic Ritual’ mojo at Splore 2018: A how to guide…

So you’ve nabbed your tix for one of world’s most beautiful boutique music and arts festivals – Splore 2018. Onmag has compiled a run-down of some key tips for maximising your Splore experience, whether you’re a rookie or longtime Splore lover.  Curate your outfit. Every year, Splore has a different theme. This year, it’s all about ‘Mystic Ritual’ so think “Magical. […]

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ON the beat: Dusky Sounds – 5 reasONs to see The Blue Moments Project (review) 0
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ON the beat: Dusky Sounds – 5 reasONs to see The Blue Moments Project (review)

ANNABEL WILSON attended the first stop of The Blue Moments ‘Blue Spaces’ three-town tour of  Otago and shares five reasons to catch their show. Because of the words. First, there was … the words. The Blue Moments Project (now in its third iteration following a 2015 development showing then 2017 Festival of Colour premiere) begins and ends with the fine words of Laura […]

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