La Luna & The Gadjos live at The Rogue Stage 24 Feb

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Come and join in a fabulous evening of French song, fun and gypsy swing with NZ’s premier vocal manouche band, La Luna & the Gadjos.

The group will play The Rogue Stage, Prince’s Gate Hotel (Monarch Room) as part of their Bite-sized Tour.

Chanteuse La Luna (Caro Manins) sings vintage Piaf with nerve and verve together with classic songs from the steamy hot clubs of Paris.

Sax-man Roger Manins adds plenty of New Orleans soul, and also on show are the gypsy talents of:
Phillip Beatson – lead guitar
James “le Prof” of the burning violin
Steve Sherry – la pompe
Chris Marshall – contrabass

Tickets are $30 and available at

For more information, call 02102381057 or email Karin Vincent at

Warm regards,

Karin & Barry

Tom Lee Richards plays The Monarch Room 25 March 8pm

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After finishing his 1st EU tour including shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Tom Lee-Richards is launching his debut Mini-LP ‘Out of the Oddness’ and celebrating with a NZ, Aus and EU tour. Join Tom at the Rogue Stage launch with guests.

Under The Radar are currently premiering the music video for the title track from Tom’s Mini-LP, directed by NZ’s extraordinary Phoebe Mackenzie and Emily Berryman:

Other reviews:

“If the tune feels itself like something made by a true one-off, that’s no accident.” – Pop Matters Chicago.

“Idiosyncratic songwriting that expresses a unique artistic vision; in fact, his latest single “Out of the Oddness,” recounts the true story of a very young Tom breaking his arm on the first day of elementary school with a novelistic attention to detail” – ‘The joy of violent movement’ New York.

This is Tom’s first time at The Rogue Stage, we invite all to share his debut moment on our humble intimate stage.

Doors open a little bit later due to a prior meeting taking place at the Monarch – please come at the later time of 8pm to find your seat.

Tickets are on sale at or buy on the night at the door.

Watch his new single here:

Cricket Farm and Esther Swift (Scotland) live at Rogue Stage 4th Feb

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Cricket Farm are touring this summer in support of our debut album ‘Bending Spoons’, and they are stoked to be playing at The Rogue Stage! Esther Swift, who is an incredible harpist and singer songwriter all the way from Scotland, will be joining them. Come and let them serenade you through Sunday evening.

$15 presales undertheradar
$20 door sales
Doors open 730, show from 8.

Ticket link:

Cricket Farm are a three-piece indie-folk/gypsy act hailing from Auckland, New Zealand.
Since their formation in 2016 they have won the hearts of audiences with their quaint and sunny sound, which the band describes as “music for hopeless romantic conspiracy
Cricket Farm is made up of multidisciplinary artist Hayley Robertson, Sims Ross (Yebisu, The Murderchord) and Joel Vinsen (Ijebu Pleasure Club, Spiral, Panhandlers).


‘Hard truths sung in a soft voice, accompanied by plucky Chet Atkins inspired nylon string guitar and ukulele, and coloured with clarinet, acoustic gypsy jazz guitar & weird buzzy electric guitar’.

‘I cried three times’ – sad/happy punter.

‘Cricket Farm sing so sweetly but then there are these intense lyrics. And their dynamic on stage is magic. It’s just really good. No really. I’m serious. It is really just very good.’ – Rohan Evans (Wine Cellar)

‘One of the best shows & audience rapport I’ve seen here; reminds me of the Nukes.’ – Punter, Eggsentric Cafe Whitianga

‘What the f*** is that instrument the singer played and rapped to’ that is the singularly most brilliant performance of a piece of music by one person that I’ve seen in a long time! crazy great.’ – Dave Alley

‘Sounds like Django Reinhardt, but with more arms’. – Will Saunders

Listen here to their latest album, Bending Spoons:


Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music making, and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing composing and song writing. She writes
songs about her homeland of Scotland, drawing on her folk roots, and taking inspiration from nature and the people she meets along the way. An eclectic blend of jazz, folk, classical
and everything in between, Esther will share with you her stories and musical experiences from around the world.


Read more about Esther here:


We are much looking forward to this show, I hope you can come!

Warm regards,

Karin and Barry

Zarek Silberschmidt and Rhode Workz – 20 Jan at The Rogue Stage!

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Zarek Silberschmidt and his one man band of strings will be joined by Rhode Workz for one night of all things acoustic. Hosted in one of Rotorua’s most intimate venues, the Monarch Room at Prince’s Gate Hotel and run by Rotorua’s very own Rogue Stage. This is will be an evening of laughter, diversity and most importantly music!

Zarek Silberschmidt –
Characterised by audiences and colleagues alike as a chameleon within his articulation of acoustic guitar performance.
Stylistically defined as remarkably versatile, some would go as far to state, a natural born performer. Zarek’s unique dexterity in the art of shape shifting sounds has been described as simply outstanding by listeners. A spectrum of techniques mastered through a vast comprehension of genre specific qualities, grants his ability to seamlessly accommodate to each
individual performance. With cultural ties from one end of the world to the other, Zarek remains connected to his humble beginnings in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The cultural mix of his antipodean upbringing continues to fuel his passion for exploring musical styles from around the globe.

Leaving New Zealand in 2015 after graduating a Bachelor of Musical Arts, Zarek moved to Switzerland and began to build his career in Europe. He has played several international festivals with some of the highlights being the ‘Swing In The Wind Jazz Festival’ (Estavayer-le-Lac 2016 & 2017) ‘Basel Plucks’ (Basel 2017) and the ‘Contemporary Architecture and Music Festival’ (Basel 2017). These festivals have hosted greats from various disciplines such as Biréli Lagrène, Fred Frith and Sylvain Luc.

Zarek has continued to build his international network, with two tours through Spain (2017), a ‘European Tour’ consisting of 14 concerts throughout Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the U.K (2017), collaborated with industry based organisations such as INDHE (U.K), The Swiss Music Foundation For Young Musicians (Switzerland), as well as becoming an endorsee for RightOn! Straps (Spain).
Zarek is now releasing his first E.P titled ‘Home’ with a tour of Aotearoa. Starting off in New Plymouth with the ‘TSB Bank Festival Of Lights’, there will be shows from Auckland to Oamaru. During this tour he will collaborate with other NZ artists such as Albi and The Wolves, Cricket Farm and Rhode Workz.

Rhode Workz –
Don’t be fooled by their youthful appearance…
Rhode Workz have played at many festivals and shows around New Zealand, including guest spots at Auckland and Wellington Folk Festivals, and Mountaingrass in Australia. You can often see them busking at local farmers markets to raise funds for other festivals further afield. They arrange a majority of their music themselves and love nothing more than to sit down and jam with others. Laurence is 16, Plays Guitar & Banjo, Sam is 14, plays Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar and Bass..  (not all at once!) Nate is 11, who provides rhythm and harmonies.  Together with Mum (AKA Tracy) on double bass, and on the occasion Dad (AKA Bruceeee) on guitar you have Rhode Workz.

Zarek Silberschmidt – Listen here:

Rhode Workz – Listen here:

Ticket link:

Hope to see you there!

In the meantime, have a beautiful festive season!

Karin & Barry



Lawrence Arabia tomorrow! 23 Nov at Prince’s Gate, Monarch Room

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An Evening Alone with Lawrence Arabia is happening tomorrow at Prince’s Gate, Monarch Room

Doors open 7pm

Show starts at 7.30pm

You can still get tickets for $15 pre-sale at OR you can buy it last minute for $20 on the door.

Tea n Happiness will be selling food – vegan samosas, butternut alfredo, salad wraps with grilled aubergine and a selection of raw desserts. Eftpos available for food and it will be pre-made. If you like a T&H dinner, please place your order at or text 02102381057.

I will also have kombucha – ginger, nectarine and raspberry.

I hope to see many familiar faces tomorrow.


For more info, follow this link: Lawrance Arabia

Tourettes and Skyscraper Stan 8 Nov, Monarch Room

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Tonight at The Rogue Stage!!

The one and only Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey with Skyscraper Stan.

A show not to be missed!!

Doors open 7pm and show starts 7.30pm.

$10 pre-sale online at // $15 on the door

Vegan food for sale by Tea n Happiness – eftpos available.

An evening alone with Lawrence Arabia – 23 Nov

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Lawrence Arabia

‘An evening alone with Lawrence Arabia’ should be on your calendar as a must see show.

Why? Because he is among the greatest of NZ musicians – a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the APRA Silver Scroll for ‘Apple Pie Bed’ (co-written with The Phoenix Foundation’s Lukasz Buda), the Taite Music Prize for Chant Darling, a Tui for Best Solo Male Album for Sparrow, followed by a four star review of the same album by UK’s magazine, Mojo. Not to mention the international record deals and collaborations with musicians such a Liam Finn and Connan Mockasin.

The other reason why this show should be on your calendar as a must see show, is that his songs are bloody good and he is a top notch artist/performer/writer.

You can also read more about the event here: in his own words.

The intimacy of Princes Gate’s Monarch Room is the perfect setting to relax with Lawrence Arabia and his collection of songs over a 10 year period. I hope you can stow away $15 to buy your ticket.

Listen here: Lawrence Arabia bandcamp

When: 23 Nov

Where: Princes Gate, Monarch Room

Pre-sale ticket link:


Tea n Happiness will provide a full service of vegan food & drinks. You can pre-order your dinner by email (, facebook message or text (02102381057).