The Monarch

Grawlixes Set Free Album Tour – 22 July at The Rogue Stage

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I m very excited to share this news with you today! Grawlixes, ft Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits) and Robin Cederman, are stopping in Rotorua on the 22 July to play songs from their new album – Set Free.

We met them in March when they played a concert in our back garden and they simply stole our hearts!

Watch the video of the title track – directed by Penelope Esplin:

If you would like to attend, please follow this link to purchase your tickets online:

tickets for The Rogue Stage, Rotorua at Princes Gate Hotel

Fully licensed bar and light meals from Princes Gate Hotel

Vegan meals, raw cakes, kombucha, turmeric latte and cacao hug in a mug from Tea & Happiness (eftpos available)

Doors open 7pm, music from 7.30pm

contact Karin 02102381057 or Barry 0226441778

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.

West African Drum and Dance Workshop with Koffie Fugah (Ghana) 21 – 24 Nov

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Join Robert Koffie Fugah for 4 days of hands-on instruction and learn a West African Drum Rhythm and a West African Dance Routine.

Workshop Description: This is a 2 hour Drumming and Dance Workshop provides the opportunity to experience the healing power of the Ancient African rhythms with a unique style of guided facilitation using songs, drumming and dancing from West Africa especially from Ghana. Come and experience self transformation facilitated by Robert Koffie Fugah.

Day 1: Arrive at 6pm to meet everyone, class starts at 6.30 until 8.30. Instruction – beats/rhythms/coordination
Day 2: Class starts at 6.30 until 8.30. Instruction – concepts of the song, rhythms, basic dance moves
Day 3:Class starts at 6.30 until 8.30. Instruction – integrate dance, song and rhythms, practice the routines
Day 4: Gather at 4pm to rehearse and prepare for concert – hosted at The Monarch 7pm to 9pm.

Community Concert at The Monarch, 24th Nov, 7pm – KOHA ENTRY

Bring your own drum or hire from Koffie, fees apply.

$80 for full course, 4 days – Early bird price available for the first 10 spaces (ALL BOOKED)
$100 for full course, 4 days – General price, for the remaining 20

More about your instructor, Robert Koffie Fugah
Koffie Fugah is a teacher and performer of African drumming and dance.
He is from the Abor village in the Volta Region of Ghana where music and dance are integral to life.
He studied and trained in drumming and dance in Accra, Ghana. Robert has taught African drumming and dance for over 15 years in schools and to expatriates,both in Ghana and abroad.
He moved to Otago New Zealand in 2013 and has developed a reputation as a talented and hardworking teacher facilitating workshops and performing across the country.
Robert has been a featured performer for African Day in Wellington, Special performance at Parliament House, Prana Festival Coromandel, Luminate Festival Takaka, Evolve Nelson and the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the U20 Soccer World Cup, NZ, Guests Performer on What Now Kids Show on TV2.

Learn more about Koffie and his work at
Yexoese Traditional Dance and Drum School

How to book: Buy tickets online at or email

Please note: Special consideration for unwaged and low income attendees. Please contact me directlly for ‘Sponsored Placements’. Email Karin Vincent at or phone 02102381057.

This event is partly sponsored by Rotorua Lakes Council.

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.


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