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Westfest fan splashed after on-stage tantrum


A punter at Auckland rock festival Westfest was splashed​ with hot water after the frontman for Antemasque threw a tantrum on-stage Tuesday night.

More details in freak wine-glass death

Photo of Charmayne Maxwell, of Brownstone, who died in a freak accident in Los Angeles. From Brandon Maxwell's Twitter account.

Further details have emerged about the death of R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell, who fell while holding a wine glass.

Top talent to perform best of Beethoven

SOUND CAREER: Kirston Eade, associate principal flute in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, grew up in Hamilton. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s piano concertos.

One of the Waikato's most accomplished musicians will play the best music by arguably the world's greatest composer.

Britney Spears loses hair-piece on stage video


Oops, Britney Spears has lost a piece of her, or rather her hair, during a recent performance.

Blind pianist marks 35 years at Hotel video

Shaun Johnson at Wellington's James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is nearing 35 years of service and is completely blind.

Each year thousands are amazed by pianist Shaun Johnson, even before they realise he is totally blind.

Westfest stage times have been revealed

23 year old West Fest promoter Olly Martin.

The biggest names in rock and metal music will be performing late into the night at Auckland's second Westfest festival, which kicks off today.

Teacher wins rap battle video

A video of Porirua College science teacher Dave Sutherland beating his student in a rap battle has gone viral online.

A Porirua science teacher has swapped radium for rap to impress his students, becoming an internet star in the process.

R&B singer dies in freak accident video

TRAGIC DEATH: Singer Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell (left), pictured here with Monica "Mimi" Doby and Nichole "Nicci" Gilbert of Brownstone in 1994, has died.

Singer Charmayne Maxwell has died in a freak accident after falling and cutting her neck on a wine glass.

Maggie Smith to exit Downton Abbey

ON HER WAY OUT: Maggie Smith will leave Downton Abbey after season 6.

The one character who can go toe-to-toe with Lady Mary's dour-faced shade-throwing and emerge victorious will depart Downton Abbey.

GoT star teams up with Hozier video


Hozier has enlisted a queen to star in his latest music video.

Is Madonna coming to NZ?

Madonna performs Living for Love at Grammys.

Madonna's management have dropped a big hint that New Zealand could be included in her Rebel Heart tour.

Hook offers reminder of glory days

True faith: Peter Hook's renditions of Joy Division and New Order songs had the Wellington audience pumping their fists in an unabashed nostalgia fest.

Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook's covers band, The Light, played Wellington on Thursday.

Beatles scream to be heard in Auckland

FAB FOUR: The Beatles musical Let It Be is coming to Auckland.

The international hit musical celebrating the Beatles, Let It Be, will be in Auckland next month.

Neneh Cherry: Her own woman

Neneh Cherry, whose latest album Blank Project was released last February.

Ahead of her Wellington show, Britain's Neneh Cherry explains why she's released just three albums since 1989.

Sol3 Mio to support for Elton

Brothers Pene and Amitai Pati, with their cousin Moses Mackay, centre, make up SOL3 MIO.

Kiwi trio Sol3 Mio will open for Elton John at Wellington's Westpac Stadium in November.

Pint-sized metal band makes waves video

ALIEN WEAPONRY: Despite being 12 and 14 years the Lewis and Henry de Jong and mate Ethan Trembath deliver some serious heavy metal.

They’re a thrash metal band gaining rave reviews for their original music and mature outlook despite being too young to drive themselves to their gigs.

Long may the Finn family last

Finn brothers

REVIEW: The Finns leave you not knowing whether you want to marry them or ask them to adopt you.

Kylie Minogue - all grown up?

READY FOR LOVE: 'I would love to find love. At this point in my life, I actually want the whole thing.'

At 46 years of age, the Australian pop princess is sitting at a curious crossroads.

Homegrown a sell out

Fans listen to Benny Tipene at 2014 Homegrown music festival at Wellington's waterfront.

All 17,000 tickets to Homegrown sell out a week before the Wellington festival.

Hoodie Allen enters chart

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

American rapper Hoodie Allen's track All About It, featuring Ed Sheeran, is the highest new entrant on the NZ singles chart this week.

Mary Poppins goes death metal video

YouTube Andy Rehfeldt has made a death metal version of Mary Poppins.

It seems Mary Poppins has joined forces with the dark overload in this death metal version of classic Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Man injured at Six60 gig

Students watch from rooftops as Six60 performs in the backyard of 660 Castle St in Dunedin.

A man suffered head injuries after trying to climb a roof to see the Dunedin band perform a surprise backyard gig.

Anastacia cancels NZ tour


American pop singer Anastacia has cancelled her New Zealand shows in Christchurch and Auckland in April.

Six60 back with sophomore album video


Three years after storming the charts with Don't Forget Your Roots Six60 are back with their second album.

Smith and Sheeran win, Kanye stirs it up

DOUBLE WINNER: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015

Sam Smith was sultry and Ed Sheeran was sensible, Madonna fell, but West provided a dose of raw energy.

Madonna takes tumble at Brit Awards video

OOPSIE: Madonna falls off stage at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London,

Madonna's dance routine went horribly wrong at the Brit Awards.

Getting funky with Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson's strengths aren't on the dance floor.

Mark Ronson's song 'Uptown Funk' has been at the top of the New Zealand music charts for much of summer.

J Mascis: The Godfather of grunge

When I need a friend it's still you: J Mascis says he's baffled by some of the questions he gets from journalists.

Vicki Anderson talks to Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis and, surprisingly, he talks back.

Finding joy after division

ROOM WITH GHOSTS: Peter Hook and The Light perform New Order albums Low Life and Brotherhood in their entirety.

New wave icon Peter Hook talks about finding light after New Order and Joy Division.

Fall Out Boy will never fit in


Fall Out Boy are joining a line-up of metal bands at next week's Westfest and bass player Pete Wentz knows all too well about not fitting in.

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