I’ve just escaped from Camp A Low Hum during which i played my first NZ shows ever. Many great bands discovered (the Broken Heartbreakers, the Teacups, Little Pictures) and reaffirmed (Pikelet, Alex and the Ramps, Crayon Fields). Such a bummer i missed the surprise performance of Neil Finn as I had to get the hire car to Auckland in time. I was instead trying to sleep in a haunted motel somewhere in the middle of the North Island where the old night manager brought 2 beers and potato chips to my door at midnight and asked if I wanted to watch ‘girly films’. I assume he wasn’t talking about Steel Magnolias.I’ll be around for the rest of the week and have a few more shows on both islands, the details of which are in the gig guide section of this very site.