Prince’s Gate

Tiny Ruins’ concert in pictures – by Simon Travaglia

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Simon Travaglia (Hamilton) took these brilliant photos of Tiny Ruins’ concert which took place at Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua, on the 14th of June.

See the full album at this link: Tiny Ruins at The Rogue Stage, support Looking from Alaska NZ

Looking for Alaska NZ ft Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard
Tiny Ruins ft Hollie Fullbrook and Tom Healy

Tiny Ruins at The Rogue Stage 14 June!

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The magnificent Tiny Ruins is visiting Rotorua next month!

“​…One of the best acts to harness the power of dark folk…Expansive, experimental and exciting.” – Hhhhappy

Tiny Ruins embark on an 11- show tour of their home turf this Winter.

Following her ‘Hurtling Through’ collaboration with The Clean’s Hamish Kilgour, and ‘Dream Wave’, a 7″ single recorded with film director David Lynch, Hollie Fullbrook returns with her spellbinding live band to bring a new set of songs to some of the most intimate and celebrated venues in the land.

Laying the groundwork for the release of their third album, now in its final stages of recording, the four-piece will be visiting small towns and big cities alike, showcasing new material alongside favourites from their award winning back catalogue Some Were Meant for Sea, Haunts, Brightly Painted One & Hurtling Through.

Tickets are strictly sold online at or cash on the door for $25 (if there are tickets left).

The venue for this show is the Monarch Room, Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua.

Venue change for Hopetoun Brown’s concert 19 Nov!!

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Dear all,

Re Hopetoun Brown’s concert with special guest Finn Scholes

Due to this week’s earthquakes, the museum had to close until further notice. Hopetoun Brown’s concert has been moved to a new venue.

Read the article here: Museum Closure

Where: The Monarch Room, Prince’s Gate, 1057 Arawa St

Time: Doors open 7pm and music starts 7.30pm

Limited door sales – cash only NO EFTPOS for tickets.

$30 for General Admission and $12 for Students (with student card). Under 16’s free of charge – must be supervised and accompanied by an adult.

Jasmine will be making chai tea from her special family recipes and I ll be running the Tea & Happiness Koha Kafe – Vegan & raw food made with love.


Traveling world class folk at Prince’s Gate Dinner Show 12 Nov

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This coming Saturday, Robert Vincent and Monika Vincent aka Jerseybob and Our Monika, are playing an one-off Dinner Show at Princes Gate. Bob, Barry‘s brother, is a folk musician of over 20 years – a globe trotting, touring and traveling folk muso. Occasionally he sings Dylan and Young to get the crowds interested, but ultimately his songs about being on the road would find new ears, converted new ears. Bob proudly has 14 self produced and self released EPs and albums with his name on – Bob is a prolific writer and musician. His stories are comical and entertaining, ultimately the sincerity which shines through in each song, is a celebration to life!  Monika, his wife of 3 years, joins him on stage with a steady beat on the cahon. The pair has appeared in many places worthy of songs – even the The Wall and Basement Cinema Rotorua was the venue for their home-coming tour in 2013. Listen here:

A very special guest joins them for this evening, no other than David Merritt of Landroverfarm press and the The David Merritt Poetry Experience. Reading to poem hungry enthusiasts from time to time in university auditoriums, engaging the unexpected listener is where David’s words burst through the stillness and make non-believers, believers again.
When: 12th Nov
Time: arrive from 6.45pm to be seated.
Poetry: from 8 pm, music from 8.30pm
Book directly at Prince’s Gate: 07 3481179 or


The Frank Burkitt Band at Prince’s Gate Boutique Hotel, 29 Oct

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Frank Burkitt has done it again! The long wait is almost over! Released 21st Oct, Frank has written and recorded new songs for a brand new EP and will be performing his collection of new songs live this Saturday in Rotorua with his four trusty band mates – Krissy Jackson, James Geluk, Cameron ‘Dusty’ and Clara. 

Their last full band performance was a superior folk acoustic experience -Frank’s vocal range, the stories in the songs, combined with the support from his band, makes for a true musical treat. 

On tour, stopping at all the major live music meccas in the North Island, The Frank Burkitt Band guarantees an authentic folk experience for all folk enthusiasts! 

Details of the show:

This is a seated, 3 part Dinner Show. Tickets are available as Show Only $30, Rogue Stage Member Dinner & Show $85 and General Admission Dinner & Show $90. Please contact Prince’s Gate front desk to book. 

Phone – 073481179

Email – 

Curated, Organised and Presented by The Rogue Stage 

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:

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:

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:

See updates of this event at my site The Rogue Stage –, or you can contact me directly at 02102381057 or


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 or contact directly. 

Kind regards, Karin