Pete Philly and Perquisite

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 | News, VG News | No Comments
Pete Philly and Perquisite

Amsterdams’ newest addiction Pete Philly and Perquisite have enjoyed yet another amazing month. Yesterday Pete and Perq recieved the prestigious ‘Amsterdamprijs’ award out of the hands of Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen at the ‘Muziekgebouw aan t IJ’.

The award, which is the most important art award of the city, goes out every year to those artists who contributed in a special way to the arts and to putting Amsterdam on the map. On the award the guys have said “we’re very honoured and want to thank the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and the city of Amsterdam for this big recognition. …and of course a big up to everyone that was there yesterday at the award show!”

This award rewards the chosen artists significantly financially as well as the prestige it offers. The award is just the newest of a string of honours the duo have received in the past year, and only acts to solidify Pete Philly and Perquisites’ position as ambassadors of the Netherlands to the world. What a great way to return from recent European festivals Sziget and Lowlands which are pictured below for those of us who were unable to take the day off work… Is there anything these guys can’t do?

Pete Philly and Perquisite at Lowlands Festival

Pete Philly and Perquisite at Sziget Festival

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An Area you might not know about

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 | News | 1 Comment
An Area you might not know about

Know where your going to be in February 2009? No? me neither, but I can tell you about a party, well more like a music festival (to be exact) that will be going down at that time. A three day mash up of kiwi music from diverse parts of the musical spectrum. Sound like something you could get into? Well just to get your enthusiasm pumping I’ll add that it includes bands “world famous in New Zealand” like: Katchafire, Rhombus, KORA, Salmonella Dub, Cornerstone Roots , The Black Seeds and many many more! The official website describes ‘A.R.E.A 9′ as “a proud new Kiwi Music event set to rock the heart of the Mackenzie Country, in our beautiful South Canterbury.” As someone who has traveled around this area many times before I can guarantee picturesque views, laid back locals, and if your lucky , some of the best weather in the country! The 6th of February is a national holiday in New Zealand, a sometimes controversial one that commemorates the signing the country’s founding document, but I think this musical extravaganza will allow everyone from all creeds and cultures to get down and boogie!

‘A.R.E.A 9′ will be a good alternative for those that usually go to the Rippon music festival that occurs every second year (so not in 2009) in nearby Wanaka, or if you just want to sample a wide range of kiwi flavours. Best of all it’s all for a good cause as the event states it will “contribute to the preservation of New Zealand’s rarest bird, the Black Stilt, as well as promote New Zealand music and the New Zealand summer lifestyle.”

So here are the vital stats to help you plan:
When: Friday, 6 February 2009 – Sunday, 8 February 2009
Starts: 12:00pm
Ends: 12:00pm
Where: Ohau, McKenzie
Cost: $160
The event is R15 so sorry kids you must be this tall to enter

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How much do you love Hip Hop – Rock The Bells kicks off

Monday, August 18th, 2008 | News | 2 Comments
How much do you love Hip Hop - Rock The Bells kicks off

CHECKITOUT!!!!!!!! Rock the Bells 2008 has kicked off in style in the USA and Canada with new additions to the already incredible line up including MF Doom, Sage Francis, Blue Scholars and B-Real. Considering the artists roster already consisted of A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, Methodman & Redman, De LA Soul, Rakim, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Murs, Jedi Mind Tricks as well as a whole consortium of both new and old skool’s finest. With artists like these being added to the bill, it’s really no surprise that they have been able to draw the amazing crowds pictured above, with ticket sales still going as the mammoth tour continues.

Rock The Bells Toronto (Amateur cam – for the fans who can’t be there a.k.a. me)

So It might be time to bring Rock the Bells to Australia and New Zealand.

You can start the campaign for Rock The Bells coming to Australasia by posting whingeing comments at:



and maybe cross your fingers really hard

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Rock The Bells

Sunday, June 1st, 2008 | News | No Comments
Rock The Bells

A Tribe Called Quest re-unite to play Rock The Bells 2008

Guerilla Union have come correct once again with another stellar line-up for the annual Rock The Bells hip hop tour of the States. Backing up from the strong 2007 bill, which included the likes of Rage Against The Machine and the whole Wu-Tang Clan; Rock The Bells will indeed do that. Headlining this year’s event are A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, Ghostface and Raekwon, Meth and Red, Immortal Technique, Murs, De La Soul, and the re-union of the original members of The Pharcyde.

Pharcyde origional members play again at Rock The Bells 2008

The Pharcyde
origional members play Rock The Bells 2008

Fan’s can expect to hear a huge amount of new material from the artists, with new albums on the way from Nas, with the self-titled NAS, due in July; Mos Def with The Ecstatic, supposedly due April; Ghostface and Raekwon reunite for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, due this American summer; Immortal Technique’s The Third World is due in June; and Meth and Red are back with The Blackout 2, also being released this American summer.

Mos Def plays at Rock The Bells 2008

Mos Def – one of many amazing headline acts at Rock The Bells 2008

The festival will hit 9 US cities through July and August, and with tickets priced from US $32.50-$74.50 it’s a bargain that you’d have to be foolish to refuse given the opportunity Lets hope we something of this magnitude on the scene down this end of the world sometime soon.

For more info and the complete 2008 line-up head to www.guerillaunion.com/rockthebells or check out what Rock The Bells 2008 means to the artists at the press conference…

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