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Wednesday 15 May 2024

The Great Escape Festival: Four New Zealand Bands Set To Showcase @ Patterns Brighton

The New Zealand Music Commission present New Zealand @ The Great Escape, in Brighton, showcasing four of the best New Zealand artists
Credit Dartz - New Zealand Music Commission

The event will take place 12pm – 4pm, Thursday 16th May, at Patterns Downstairs in Brighton. The artists making their Great Escape debut: Ashy, Dartz, Tom Lark and Earth Tongue.

Ashy: is an effervescent pop artist and songwriter. She is a musical chameleon, delving into sub-genres of R&B, dance and contemporary sounds, and is known for herpolished production, shimmering vocals, and catchy melodies. 

She has amassed over 3 million streams across all platforms, enjoyed chart success and has worked with leading pop producers from New Zealand, Australia, and the US. 
 
Dartz: The pub-punks ignited into existence in 2019 after vocalist Danz shit-talked his way into an opening slot for Aussie rockers The Chats — before realising he might need a band (and songs). 

He quickly recruited mates Crispy, Rollyz, and Clark, and the four-piece started firing out their unique brand of garage rock: fast-paced guitar-driven anthems with razor-sharp lyrics tackling everything from relatable tales of small-town parents and racing to the pub after work, to hard-hitting takes on issues like decolonisation, drug testing, and megachurch pastors.  

Tom Lark: is the original musical project of Shannon Fowler, who also releases material under the Shannon Matthew Vanya pseudonym. 

Where SMV allows for pop indulgence, Tom Lark is an outlet for the artist's indie sensibilities. 

Earth Tongue:  is a heavy psych rock two-piece from Wellington. Guitarist Gussie Larkin is a master of the fuzz-smothered riff, and along with Ezra Simons' off-kilter drumming, they've been sending punters into transcendental states since their emergence in 2016. 

The New Zealand Music Commission is a Government-funded agency committed to growing the NZ music business. 

by: Mike Cobley




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