SHAPESHIFTER with L.A.B & Sunshine Sound System
Repelling any notions of seasonal affective disorder and signalling the onset of summer with a proper bang, Shapeshifter have assembled an exemplary line up to bring it back to the Black Barn, Havelock North. Joining the ‘shifters will be long time amigos and multi-genre merchants L.A.B as well as the sublime stereophonic stylings of the one and only Sunshine Sound System. As ever Shapeshifter will be bringing a production second to none, with enough bass to rock any place and a veritable visual extravaganza, it’s all set to make the night a proper sizzler, from go to woah!
With 7 solid albums under their belt including 2016’s Top 5 smasher Stars Shapeshifter are a band who have run things for years, and truly know no limits. Following on from a stunning new video for Oculus, a tribute to the ability of music and dance to uplift amidst Christchurch’s regeneration, the anticipation is rising as to where they will take their sound next. Those lucky enough to snare a ticket for this show will be amongst the first in the world to find out and experience the nextness from one of Aotearoa’s most cherished ensembles. After a winter of writing and rehearsing fresh material in their studio, the boys are primed to unleash new songs for the first time, alongside the certified hits and live classics that have cemented their formidable reputation. Already confirmed as headliners for Northern Bass as well as Bay Dreams North/South in 2019 Shapeshifter’s dance card is rapidly filling up, so this one-off opportunity to see the lads headlining their own show at their very best in Hawkes Bay is certifiably unmissable business.
It doesn’t always happen but sometimes when great things combine, the result is even more than the sum of its parts. So, it is with L.A.B, where the combination of the legendary Kora brothers Brad and Stu joining forces with Katchafire bass phenomenon Ara Adams-Tamatea and B2KDA’s Joel Shadbolt, provides the impetus for something truly special. As ably demonstrated on their self-titled debut, which topped the NZ iTunes Charts, and at festivals up and down the country, L.A.B have become serious contenders in record-breaking time. With a slick and moody new video for Controller just released and the fruits of a studio-bound winter set to be premiered here, and road tested through the summer festival circuit, this is a chance to catch L.A.B fresh and firm, and at their very finest.
So permanently in the zone they basically ARE the zone, Sunshine Sound System are the preferential party starters who keep the vibes running red hot from early out till last needle drop. Helmed by the endless crates and superior statesmanlike selections of Downtown Brown, aided and abetted by the double barrel dynamics of MC’s KPZ and Switch, the forecast is never less than fine, and invariably sweltering, when SSS fire up the system and hit the heavy artillery.