Dress #UP Dance Party – Saturday 22nd Oct at The Monarch

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Throughout the year, The Rogue Stage hosts live music concerts for the purpose of attentive listening and bringing touring musicians to Rotorua. Each concert is purposely built around the type of music, the audience and setting the stage to match the style or feel of the music. Described as “curated listening spaces”, its purpose is to explore and enjoy contemporary, majority NZ, music.

We invite a diverse mix of professional musicians to play music for you, ordinarily heard in the bigger city centres, such as Auckland and Wellington, based on solo, duo or band performances. For this event we have invited 3 DJ and we are hosting an electronic and dj Saturday Night Dance Party! Perfect for itching dancing feet and welcoming back the summer!

You can dress up in your finest or you can create your own inspired themed outfit. Please let your imagination guide you, we welcome silly in all shapes n sizes!

The Rogue Stage will source the entertainment, theme and decorate the space, while the Tea and Happiness team will organise a RAW food buffet, kombucha on tap and kefir cocktails. Prince’s Gate will run a full licensed bar and serve you drinks in style!

Our first confirmed DJ act is DJ Alexi Kapenas from Xela Productions Taupo!

— dubbed the Greekman, he blends together the easy sound of the Caribbean with playful tunes to get you dancing! Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/greekmans

Our second confirmed DJ is DJ Sulu, Daniel Weetman from The Black Seeds, Auckland

— groovy laid back tunes, funk and reggae styles! “DJ Sulu aka Daniel Weetman is vocalist, MPC pusher and percussionist from The Black Seeds. 15 years in TBS has exposed Daniel to many great bands first hand touring the world and now he has also put these  influences into DJing. Afrobeat, funk, hip hop, reggae and dub are but a few of the flavours he would love your ears to taste.” Listen here: https://www.mixcloud.com/djsulu/

Our third confirmed DJ is DJ Bellevillle, Monsieur Escargot from The Mamaku Project, Auckland

— French gypsy, balkan tunes, sweet n sexy, happy and with a big dose of oooh la la! Listen here: https://www.mixcloud.com/DJBelleville/belleville-happy-hour-sessions-part1-live5pm-the-box-aotea-square-auckland-nz/

See updates of this event at my site The Rogue Stage – http://www.theroguestage.co.nz, or you can contact me directly at 02102381057 or theroguestage@gmail.com


You ll have the opportunity to grab the EARLY BIRD tickets for $25 until 1st Oct!

The remaining tickets will be sold in 3 Tiers:
– 1st Tier $30 until 8th Oct
– 2nd Tier $35 until 22nd Oct
– and last Tier $40, which is also the price for tickets on the door (subject to availability)

You can order hard copy tickets from Musicworks Rotorua one day prior to purchasing.

Pop Up Recording Studio – last day.

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A successful week of recording is coming to a close. The last session ends tonight at 8pm with False Heights, all the way from Taupo. Altogether 8 acts and groups have grabbed the opportunity to record their songs. Even I got a chance to experience what it felt like and it was fantastic! The acoustic quality of the room is unique and something quite special. Working with Matt is so easy too!
Matt Sephton, director of Coro Sonic Lab, did a sterling job of recording various artists from the wider Bay of Plenty area this week. Artists from Kawerau, Whakatāne, Mount Manganui and Taupo flocked to Rotorua to record songs and spoken word at the beautiful Monarch Room at Prince’s Gate. 

Sephton is a qualified recording engineer with vast experience in live mixing, sound engineering and recording, his attention to detail and technical abilities make the sessions both fun and professional, lessening the anxiety and making your session a positive, memorable experience. 

Future Pop Ups will be planned for 2017. For more information, please visit www.corosoniclab.co.nz or contact matt@corosoniclab.co.nz directly. 

Kind regards, Karin 

POP UP Recording Studio with Matt Sephton // Coro Sonic Lab starts today!

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Exciting news! Matt Sephton is back in Rotorua today with his ever so popular Pop UP Recording Studio. We ran a pilot in May and 17 artists responded to record their original work.

To book a slot, please email matt@corosoniclab.co.nz. Sessions start today and will run until Friday. The pop up recording studio is located at The Monarch, Hinemaru St – part of the Prince’s Gate Hotel complex.

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Pictures from May’s Pop UP Recording Studio.

8th Oct – Looking for Alaska + Fables at The Monarch Room, Prince’s Gate Boutique Hotel

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Album Release!!

Yesterday, Looking for Alaska NZ’s much awaited full length album, self titled ‘Looking for Alaska’ was released! This is a major milestone for them! Congratulations Aaron and Amy!


Available as a digital download at Bandcamp from today and it can also be streamed via Spotify & iTunes from early next week. Follow this link for a listen: ‘Looking for Alaska’

Musicians featured on the album, and also playing live tonight are: Regan John McKinnon, Stephen Daniell, Jeremy HantlerPascal Roggen (not with the band tonight) and Yotam Levy (not with the band tonight). Recorded at Roundhead Studios New Zealand, mastered by Kog Studio, Little Kingfisher, More Core Audio and the intriguing album cover was done by Deitywild Photography and Michelle Trigger

Doors open 7.30pm and music starts at 8pm tonight.

Tickets available online at this link <—- buy online (Eventbrite / Paypal / Credit Card / Visa Debit Card)

Or buy on the door, cash only:

  • $20 per adult
  • $10 for students
  • U16s FREE

Rogue Stage Members: 

Invite 2 friends – get one ticket half price

Invite 4 friends – get one ticket free

Hosted by The Rogue Stage at Prince’s Gate Boutique Hotel, The Monarch Room

See you later,


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Looking for Alaska at The Monarch! 8 Oct, 8pm w/Fables

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On Saturday 8th Oct, Looking for Alaska is performing live at The Monarch, presenting their much awaited full length album! Joined by superstars – guitarist Regan McKinnon, bassist Stephen Daniell and drummer Jeremy Hantler performing alongside the pair. View video here: Wildersound

Opening the stage is Fables, ft Jess Bailey from Auckland. View video clip here: Feeling the street

Come join us for a musical feast of great original live music!

Tickets are $20 and available from Musicworks Rotorua, on the door and online at Eventbrite.co.nz.

POP UP A R T Exhibition w/Deano Shirriffs, Miriam Ruberl and Jason Hamon 30 Sept to 2 Oct at Prince’s Gate Boutique Hotel, The Monarch Room

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Deano Shirriffs // Miriam Ruberl // Jason Hamon

Exhibition times:

5.30pm to 8.30pm – Opening, 30th Sept

10.00am to 2.00pm – Open for viewing, 1st Oct

2.00pm to 5.00pm – Workshop with Deano Shirriffs $40 (register at theroguestage@gmail.com), 1st Oct

8.00pm to 10.00pm – Live SLAM & Open Stage event ft Liam Dixon, Sua Mativa, Steve Riley and Henry Ludbrook, 1st Oct

12.00pm to 5.00pm – Open viewing and light lunch (to purchase), 2nd Oct

(click on link to buy tickets)

Contact Karin 02102381057 or theroguestage@gmail.com for info or questions.


Callum Gentleman Band Experience 24th Sept

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The Rogue Stage Presents

Callum Gentleman Band Experience

Shout out blues, knee slapping rhymes, tales and other stories and plenty of live music. Joined by band members, Joel Vinsen (guitar) and Sam Loveridge (violin), the three gentlemen will take you to the darker streets of Auckland, Beresford St, introduce you to Jenny and jump planes to Paris – where Callum spent a lot of time as a barman, gathering material for his songs.

Callum Gentleman have visited Rotorua on many occasions before and each time the audience fell in love with his open book performance. A treat to have 2 more men join forces with whom I consider already a magnificent force of endearing story telling and great songwriting.

Opening the stage is Ian Pirrie, a local Rotorua instrumental guitarist.

Tickets are for sale at Musicworks Rotorua or on the night at the door.

$20 each

Listen here: http://callumgentleman.com/

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6V_x7q-N_Y