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Live Entertainment: Niceup 10th Birthday / Esther Stephens & The Means and Drax Project

By Martyn 26 May 2015

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On Saturday the 30th of May, longstanding Wellington bass music promotions collective NiceUp Crew celebrate their tenth birthday at San Fran on Cuba Street.

Over the last decade the NiceUp Crew have been responsible for some of the more memorable dancehall reggae parties the capital has seen in recent years. They've brought Jamaican legends like Junior Kelly and Junior Reid to Wellington for blistering live shows, helped nurture a generation of young singers and bands such as Israel Starr, and maintained regular DJ nights rammed full of top selectors packing blistering reggae, dub, roots and jungle music. In celebration of reaching their teens, they're bringing UK based ragga jungle DJ & producer Jacky Murda (of Chopstick Dubplate) through for a night of quality bass music. Murda will be joined on the night by live hip-hop crew, Raw Collective! And heavyweight selectas Hawk I, Winston Spliff, Shaw Shot, DDog and DJ Jaz! If you've ever enjoyed records from the likes of Congo Natty, M-Beat, Remarc or Knowledge & Wisdom, Saturday night will be revelatory.

Entry is $10 on the door before 11pm, $15 after.

On Sunday the 31st of May, Wellington alt-pop band Drax Project and Auckland soul/jazz/funk ensemble Esther Stephens & The Means perform at Meow in the Edward Street precinct.

Two of the fastest rising young bands in the country together on a bill in Wellington? With a public holiday the next day, so you can really have some fun? Sounds good right? Throw in DJ support from locals Lydia and Jay Knight (Young, Gifted & Broke) and you have an evening of quality modern soul, alt-pop and beats on your hands. Drax Project and Esther Stephens & The Means have been playing shows together around the country over the last few weeks, and rave reports are coming in fast and thick. Esther Stephens & The Means have also recently released a new album via bandcamp, which is well worth your time if you've enjoyed their recording and performances in the past.

Entry is $15 on the door.

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