Yerp, dusting off the tunes and playing a few gigs this weekend.
Resident DJ’s BenQ and Kwrk, plus special guests Kris B and Andy Beck.
A random night of various sounds from Dalai, Jason George, Kris B, and special guest Heylady (J.E.F., Welly). boh!
FRIDAY 16 APRIL 2010 AT STUDIO, K’ROAD
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FOREIGN BEGGARS (UK)
“AS SEEN ON SKINS!”
Six years on from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Asylum Speakers’, followed by 2006 LP ‘Stray Point Agenda’ Foreign Beggars are back at it again with their long awaited third release ‘United Colours of Beggattron’. A truly genre meshing monster, smashing the listener with exactly what you’d expect from one of the UK underground’s most renowned groups: fresh and experimental hip hop music with a distinctive London twist.
Tony Truand’s video direction for crossover track ‘Contact’ (produced by DnB allstars Noisia) has racked up over 700 000 hits on YouTube since November 09 and the track was picked up by E4 for Skins Series 4. ‘Prove it’ reached no. 2 in the US College radio charts and second single ‘7 figure swagger’, with remix treatment from Brooklyn’s Machinedrum and UK Dub-Step tear-out kings Bar 09, is currently no.4 and no.2 in the Beatport and Juno Dubstep/Grime download charts. (December ’09)
Their dynamic live show has recently earned a call up from Prodigy as main support for their January 2010 tour, with the band having already toured internationally from Dubai to Toronto, Shanghai to Sydney. Steadily clocking up over 100 shows a year, every year, sharing stages with artists including Snoop Dogg, Amy Winehouse, Public Enemy, Ian Brown and De La Soul.
Foreign Beggars & Noisia – Contact!
Need more be said? Full Bio: http://www.myspace.com/foreignbeggars
THE FREESTYLERS (UK) – DJ Set
Rocking clubs and parties for over a decade now, The Freestylers are still one of the most exciting names in dance music. They’ve had Top 20 chart hits, headlined big festivals, sold half a million albums, toured the US supporting Lenny Kravitz, and were the first electronic act to play fully live on legendary BBC TV show Top Of The Pops.
♫ PAINKILLER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3P8hmTafv0
♫ FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UINhE8L1yXg
♫ GET A LIFEP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhDTEh-48JI
♫ IN LOVE WITH YOU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80luc4QnTSU
♫ PUSH UP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uikiBuLfUDg
♫ WARNING: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obYoGx51yMs (STILL THE BEST!)
♫ B-BOY STANCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr4-GuKPam0
♫ HERE WE GO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fopsRtC-M4
♫ DON’T STOP THE ROCK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfXKkNo7YZ8
Full Bio: http://www.myspace.com/freestylersmusic
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Liquid Stranger – Hex’d & Perplex’d
Kid Cudi – Embrace the martian (krookers remix)
Dylan Rhymes – unknown
Alex Metric – unknown
Tim Berg – Alcoholic
TC – Whers my money (elite force remix)
Culprate – Dont do that
Beatman and Ludmilla – Moldova
unkown massive electro tune
Bass & Fire – Fussion
Funk’N’Slocuts – Come Running
Plastic Shell – Channel Blocker
Fake Blood – Mars
Specimen A – Hard Times
Rennie Pilgrim – The rich rule us (Funk’N’Slocuts Remix)
Beatman and Ludmilla – Lizarb the sad clown (Plastic Shell Remix)
Minuit – Aotearoa (Funk’n’Slocuts Remix)
Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th
7pm – Midnight
Featuring DJ’s Page3, Defcon1, Dalai, Assault
Good DJ’s – Good Booze – Good People – Good Times
Come join in some jovial yuletide cheer, with a reasonable finishing hour to allow plenty of recovery time before having to go and deal with the whānau on the big day.
If you are all good boys and girls, maybe there will even be a visit from Santa! Yeeeeees!
Seriously, sort out your Christmas shit and come on down and have a few drinks. Christmas Eve is always a fantastic night out with everyone in a great mood, ready to share some love and drink some piss. GET UP IT!
Liquor law changes which would have closed Auckland suburban bars before midnight will be scrapped after receiving a hostile reception from the hospitality industry.
Auckland City mayor John Banks and Aaron Bhatnagar, the councillor steering the changes through the council, decided at the weekend to abandon the changes.
The Mayor, who last month voted for the draft liquor law changes, said he had never seen such a violent reaction to a policy issue “and I have put an end to it”.
Mr Bhatnagar blamed the “fatally flawed” policy on council officers.
Excellent, a win for the people for a change! The backlash from both the hospo industry and the public was quick and scathing, awesome to see authorities backing down so quickly.
You know, one of my biggest concerns wasn’t actually related to the CBD changes. I actually objected strongly to the suburban lockdown. For one, it would have forced historic venues like the Kings Arms (which has been a tavern and venue since 1880) into shutting down at 11pm, with a maximum of 12pm after a year. For another, it would have quashed development of neighbourhood venues.
A number of areas were designated as Entertainment Precincts. Kingsland is one such example. It’s an area that is a mix of historic housing, newer apartments, and a nice stretch of cafes, restaurants and a few bars. This area has developed into a vibrant community with some generally well behaved nightlife. Would this area have developed in this manner when forced to close at 11pm? Small restaurants and bars in neighbourhoods like this are not places that want to stay open till 3am necessarily, but midnight to 1am on occasion.
Forcing suburban venues into early closing would have destroyed any chance of further cosy community precincts developing, and that would be a tragedy.
Public submissions on Auckland City’s Draft Liquor Licensing Policy are now open, until 5pm on the 7th of October. This new policy aims to address various issues related to on and off-licence conditions, locations of licence premises, and the varying requirements of licence holders in different areas of the city.
Key points are:
- Base hours of 7am till 1am in the CBD and special “Entertainment Precincts”
- 7am till 11pm in the rest of the city and the Hauraki Gulf islands.
- Extended hours till 3am available in the CBD and EP’s upon first renewal, pending clean record, security staff and server training, and midnight extended hours outside those areas.
- 24 hour licences available with further clean record, CCTV installation, lock outs after 4am, and further host responsibility measures like free food after 3am.
So, it doesn’t seem totally unreasonable at first glance, but knowing the hard graft some licence holders have dealing the the Council as it is, it’s worrisome to me. Lets go into some more detail. The opening gambit of the policy document is:
Auckland City Council recognises that to be a vibrant, world-class city that is an attractive place both to visit and to live, it is important to have a lively central business district (CBD) and entertainment precincts with an array of restaurants, cafes, bars and entertainment venues. Responsible consumption of liquor outside of licensed venues also plays a part in the way residents and visitors relax and celebrate in Auckland city.
So while we want the city to be active and vibrant, we want it safe. Not so bad at all. But why must we do it at the expense of increasing the cost of compliance for many business owners? Why are we placing yet more restrictions on an already heavily restricted and much maligned industry?
Separate to the CBD, six Entertainment Precincts have been named. They are Ponsonby Road, Parnell Road, Mission Bay Newmarket, Kingsland Village and Mt Eden Village. These are areas that are considered
mixed-use commercial and residential areas with a lively hospitality trade both during the day and into the night
These areas would have the same restrictions as CBD venues, but wouldn’t be able to apply for the 24 hour licences.
To apply for the 3am licence, you must have held the base hours licence for 1 year, and then meet further requirements.
- Clean record
- Security staff (from 11pm till 1 hour after close of trade, 1 for up to 50 patrons, 2 for up to 100 and 4 for up to 150, etc)
- Server training (all servers after 1am must have NZQA accredited responsible server training credentials)
To apply for the 24 hour licence, as well as the above, the policy proposes:
- CCTV at all public entrances and exits clearly recording patrons from 11pm till 1 hour after close
- One way door from 4am (you can exit, but you can’t come back in)
- Extra host responsibility measures (free food from 3am till close, no more than 4 drinks may be purchased at one time)
Supermarkets, dairys and bottle shops selling liquor would be restricted to 10pm sales cut off. I am however hard pushed to think of many 24 hour off licences in the CBD. Foodtown Quay St is 1am cut off for example.
I’m cheating a little bit here as I’m still working my way through the full draft document, but some key points I agree with being made by HANZ include:
- How this will financially impact on businesses?
- How this will affect bar staff with regards to a loss of jobs if there is a drop in opening hours?
- Why are we doing this now with the Super City about to form and the Law Commission about to report back on reform of the Sale of Liquor Act?
- What is the problem they are trying to solve with this Policy and will these measures solve it?
- How will this affect the Rugby World Cup?
- Will the public still be able to enjoy access to neighbourhood bars and restaurants without having to travel to the city for a night out?
- How have the entertainment precincts been determined? Why are they so limited? What about other areas such as the top of Symonds St/Khyber Pass area, Grey Lynn, Pt Chevalier, Onehunga, Otahuhu, Panmure/Mt Wellington, St Heliers etc to name a few?
- 70% of alcohol consumed is off licensed premises. Evidence shows that 82 % of alcohol related offending is related to off licence consumption (Police National Alcohol Assessment April 2009).
- Driving drinkers out of the suburban bars at 11pm will either compel them to drink in unsupervised areas creating more alcohol related harm or to travel into the CBD which creates issues around migratory drinking and drink driving.
- The Sale of Liquor Act is already in place to promote safe alcohol consumption, dictate the host responsibilities of Licensees, and provide heavy penalties to those who do not comply
- There is no mention of hours for outdoor areas. The Auckland City Council Street Trading Policy refers to this policy for hours.
- How a ‘one-way door’ at 2am in Entertainment Precincts or 4am in the CBD would affect patronage?
- The cost of training all staff to NZQA qualified server standard, especially given the transient nature of bar staff
- Door security requirements will be great for security contracting firms but cost prohibitive for some venues. Although I believe most venues who require security are already doing it.
- How much it would cost businesses to provide ‘free food’ if they are open after 3am. What does ‘free food’ mean? Does a bowl of pretzels count? A cooked meal? A microwaved pie? A pizza?
I am definitely considering a submission on this matter, and anyone else with a view on Auckland nightlife would be well advised to do the same.