Loads of laughs from near and far WHAT I’M HEAR­ING

New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, Thu 27 Apr–sun 21 May It’s been a while since we laughed for three weeks straight. One year, in fact. So thank good­ness the an­nual New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val is just around the bend. The line-up h

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Fave new artist... Kehlani – her al­bum Sweet­sexysav­age just came out at the end of Jan­uary and it is so good. She’s one of those peo­ple that can mes­merise you from the open­ing track to the end, and you have no idea that you have just lis­tened to the en­tire al­bum. The mood is var­ied and dif­fer­ent, and her voice is in­sane. ——— Up-and- com­ing lo­cal voice... Theia – she is amaz­ing. Such a huge voice with so much power and ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind it that you would have no idea she’s only new on the scene. Her two sin­gles ‘Roam’ and ‘Cham­pagne Su­per­nova’ have both done so well al­ready, and I think that’s be­cause she’s re­ally in­vested in the art be­hind her mu­sic; she in­volves dancers, fash­ion and amaz­ing chore­og­ra­phy to re­ally tell the song’s story. She is go­ing to be big. ———

Auck­land mu­si­cian to keep on the radar...

Luke Thomp­son – he’s tech­ni­cally a Tau­ranga mu­si­cian at heart (and I may have gone to school with him), but he has be­come a house­hold New Zealand name with an in­cred­i­ble fol­low­ing and a mes­meris­ing voice. He is folk mu­sic at its best with just enough hip­ster street cred to pull it off.

The big blue, com­ing to you

Antarc­tica – while you were sleep­ing, Fri 24–Sun 26 Mar

Two years ago, vis­ual artist Joseph Michael trav­elled to Antarc­tica as part of an ex­pe­di­tion to pho­to­graph and film ice­bergs. He’s now us­ing the beau­ti­ful im­agery as part of the Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val, pro­ject­ing it onto the en­tire ex­te­rior of Auck­land Mu­seum. The im­agery, com­ple­mented by the sound of crash­ing ice­bergs and an im­mer­sive score, com­mu­ni­cate Michael’s pas­sion for chal­leng­ing cli­mate is­sues through art. Auck­land Mu­seum, The Auck­land Do­main, Par­nell

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