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A giant singalong party - 208 | Regional News

A giant singalong party

23 years after rocketing up the NZ charts with their debut album Silencer, Zed will drop a new single on the 10th of November with a national tour to boot. We chat with Nathan King and Andy Lynch about Future You.

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Weaving words and worlds of magic - 208 | Regional News

Weaving words and worlds of magic

We caught up with author Jessica Jayne Webb about her debut novel The Secrets of Wilderfort Castle, a historical fantasy that she’ll launch at Schrödinger’s Books in Petone on the 18th of November.

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Luke Ross - 208 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Luke Ross

In this edition of Wellington Silver Screeners, Alessia Belsito-Riera chats with Wellingtonian Luke Ross, an experienced colourist, about directing, his new short film, and his commitment to creating content that focuses on social change and sustainability.

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The poetry of painting - 208 | Regional News

The poetry of painting

With his newest pieces currently on display at Robert Heald Gallery until the 18th of November, Andrew McLeod tells us all about his career, process, and inspiration.

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The great rock ‘n’ roll synthesiser - 208 | Regional News

The great rock ‘n’ roll synthesiser

GRAMMY® Award-winning American rock band The War On Drugs will play Wellington as part of Live Nation’s new On A Good Day outdoor music series. We caught up with lead singer Adam Granduciel ahead of the concert.

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Welcome to The Drag Parade - 208 | Regional News

Welcome to The Drag Parade

Calling all emos! The Drag Parade – A My Chemical Romance Drag Show is coming to Pōneke’s Ivy Bar and Cabaret on the 18th of November for a night of sweet nostalgia.

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