Soundscape set to be central city party zone

JONATHAN CARSON
Last updated 08:12 30/06/2011
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DUBBED: Tiki Taane is returning to Hamilton for the first time in over a year to play a rare acoustic set.

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Tiki Taane will treat Hamilton fans to a rare acoustic set at what is tipped to be "the biggest party of the year" next month.

The fourth instalment of Soundscape hits Hamilton clubs and streets on July 16 showcasing an eclectic variety of national and local acts including international artists from the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Australia.

Soundscape has evolved from a glorified club night to Hamilton's very own music festival featuring seven zones, over 40 acts, and for the first time – an extended 4am liquor licence.

Taane will headline the "Mashup Stage" and from his tour bus in the UK told the Waikato Times he was looking forward to playing in Hamilton for the first time in over a year.

"I've been hearing some good things about people going out and really supporting the music.

"The whole vibe behind the acoustic thing is it's just really intimate. It's just me, my guitar and the crowd and the whole vibe is to just get everyone singing and have a good time."

Fresh off playing at the famous Glastonbury music festival to a crowd of up to 10,000 people, Taane said playing more intimate shows in New Zealand was just as special.

"It's just a pleasure to be able to play music and whether it's to 100,000 people or 100 people, it's all about the audience and the intimacy. If they're participating and giving the energy back – it's awesome. It's just about making that connection and letting people realise that it is about a celebration of music and that we're there to have a good time."

Tiki has also signed to on to "get the party going" MC-ing alongside DJ Downtown Brown.

"I really enjoy being able to have the freedom to do all different styles of music. Being able to do the acoustic thing and then the DJ MC thing is just another level. It's awesome. I love it."

Soundscape director James Lawless said it was Hamilton's biggest party of the year and that the artists, production, sound and lighting were bigger and better than previous events.

The 4am curfew was a significant achievement usually only granted to premier events like the V8s and the Rugby World Cup and Mr Lawless said it wouldn't have been possible without the support of the city council.

"They're being real supportive of the event. They're showing us they want these events and want people to enjoy themselves in our city."

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Mr Lawless said he was expecting around 4000 people to attend and early-bird tickets had already sold out.

"It's a great night out It's not every day you get a whole street blocked off in the middle of the CBD with seven massive stages and a lineup of over 40 acts."

 

First Release tickets to the event are now available for just $20+bf from iTicket.

- Waikato Times

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