Fans lin­ing up to see mas­ter of hip hop

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By GRANT BRYANT

One of the found­ing fa­thers of Hip Hop, Grand­mas­ter Flash will play an exclusive New Zealand show at Queen­stown’s Loco Cantina next Fri­day. Since form­ing sem­i­nal crew Grand­mas­ter Flash and the Fu­ri­ous Five in the mean streets of New York’s Bronx in the late 1970s, Joseph Sad­dler has re­mained a rel­e­vant force in the genre he co-cre­ated, even as it be­came a multi­bil­lion dol­lar in­dus­try com­plete with its own cor­po­ra­tions and moguls. He DJed at the 1998 NFL Su­perbowl, per­formed at the clos­ing of the 2002 Manch­ester Com­mon­wealth Games in front of Queen El­iz­a­beth II and has starred in Louis Vuit­ton cam­paigns. Loco and Base gen­eral man­ager Rich Deane said scor­ing New Zealand’s only Grand­mas­ter Flash show since a 2011 Rhythm and Vines ap­pear­ance was a pin­na­cle achieve­ment that showed the evo­lu­tion of the venue that had re­branded last year. ‘‘Our mar­ket­ing com­pany in Aus­tralia was chas­ing this gig for us so we’re re­ally stoked with the re­sult. ‘‘We’ve been ramp­ing things up on the live mu­sic front, with gigs by The Up­beats and Opiuo that were real storm­ers with packed crowds, and get­ting some­one of the cal­i­bre of Grand­mas­ter Flash for an exclusive New Zealand gig def­i­nitely shows the di­rec­tion we’re push­ing in.’’ The $20 early­bird tick­ets have al­ready sold out. A sec­ond re­lease of $25 tick­ets will be avail­able at Loco/ Base and lo­co­queen­, mov­ing to $35 closer to the event.


Wired town: Team Gi­ga­town: Tam De Haan, Lou Don­nelly-Davey, Lauren Ma­jor and Ben De Haan are part of the team driv­ing Queen­stown’s Gi­ga­town bid.


Lone con­cert: Loco staffers (from left) Mari-Beth Hob­son, Mel New­man and Adrian Kobac are amped to be wel­com­ing hip hop found­ing fa­ther Grand­mas­ter Flash to Queen­stown for his only New Zealand gig on Fri­day.

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