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The Jungle Giants


Being. is a fantastic artist who I've seen play and even photographed all around Auckland. Looking forward to seeing her perform again in two weeks or so with Same Name Confusion on the Garrett St rooftop.

This was my first time hearing and seeing The Leers. I can see why they opened for The Jungle Giants with their happy bounce vibe.

The Jungle Giants have been my go-to artist for beats, to uplift or to sing loudly in the car and for dancing around the house too. The Jungle Giants are up there with my favourite bands to see live. They have the best energy and stage presence. I saw The Jungle Giants the first time they flew over to see us at the REC Bar and now to see them pull a crowd four times the size at the studio on Krd in such a short time makes me so excited for them and where they will go!

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The Chills - Snow Bound


The Chills came up from their secret location somewhere down in the south island to play for us at Galatos last Saturday.

Opening for them was the beautiful Tiny Ruins (Hollie Fullbrook), who I have adored since her release of the album 'Brightly Painted One' and as always was so dreamy to watch and listen too.

I gotta say it was a little sad to see that I (and two mates) were some of the youngest, there were not many people our age (early 20's).

Its algood if you couldn't make it to see them cos that's what I'm for, to bring you photos of these kiwi legends!

Go hit them up if you get the chance to see them live! Their new album 'Snow Bound' which they performed is on point! My favourite track has gotta be 'Bad Sugar'.

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Listener


I have loved and coveted the music which Listener creates, and it means a lot to me. I don't have favourite bands, but Listener is the most important to me.

OK Yeah, I fangirled hard and got all 6 of my vinyl signed. I wore my Listener t-shirt from the last time they performed here in New Zealand about four years ago at Parachute Music Festival. No! I didn't cry during their performance because I'm a stone cold bitch, but I did have the biggest grin on her face.

I often ask people 'The Question' which if you don't know its:

What is the song that best represents who you are as a human, represents you? What song describes your fears, your hopes, your beliefs, your wishes your dreams, who you are at your core, whether it is one of your own songs or not. This question is not what is your favourite song or what song you wish represented you or a song that resonates with you. It's if you were a song what would it be?

Just because I was fangirling didn't mean I was going to give up this opportunity to ask Dan Smith 'The Question.'

His response made me smile because it was another song I knew well and loved.

1997 by the smashing pumpkins.

Listener performs as if no one is in the room, they get so emotionally invested in playing. Lepping around in bare feet and pulling faces at one another and at times looking heartbroken and as they might fall apart.

This performance touched me just as they did fours years ago as a 16-year-old. I didn't take many shots because it would have never been an accurate representation of the show. Instead, I lived in the moment.

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Daffodils at Tuning Fork


I've had the pleasure of seeing Daffodils grow and release music over the past few years and in fact, I been able to get to know them. Which has been a funny delight. But that's another story (A Day with Daffodils, coming soon...)

The gang headlined their very own show at Tuning Fork!

Opening for them was Bene (who is performing at Laneway Festival! So get your tickets) Have you heard her new single 'Soaked'? Go have a listen then!

Daffodils sold out their all age show and man it was packed 400+. It was a fantastic show, everyone singing every line at the top of their lungs. I gave up shooting because all I want to do was dance and sing with everyone else, which I did.

The band was on-cored to play two more songs. My personal favourite of their covers 'Dancing with Myself' and playing their new single 'A Leo Underwater' again due to the demands of the crowd.

@benemusicc @daffodilsarenotforkids

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 Isaac  @saactingbruv  (Soz bro the light was hard to work with from where I was)

Isaac @saactingbruv (Soz bro the light was hard to work with from where I was)

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