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Thursday, November 28, 2013

CoffeeBar Kid takes a break tonight but by magic will still be here!

The Kid takes a break tonight. Instead there will be a CoffeeBar Kid 'classic' episode in it's place. As it's the beginning of the build up to WOMAD 2014 we go back a year and have another listen to the Coffeebar kid's special for WOMAD 2013. Tonight from 7.30 exclusively on Groove.

But don't worry he'll be back live next week with Charles Bradley (performing as part of the NZ International Festival). In the mean time catch up with some book revierws at: The Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid Web Page (this includes reviews on 'Autobiography' by Morrissey, 'Solo - A James Bond Novel' by William Boyd; 'Bridget Jones - Mad About The Boy' - by Helen Fielding; Young and Hungry by Laura Vincent; Homemade by Simon Gault; Dashing Dog - Margaret Mahy and Donnovan Bixley; plus heaps more - plus a variety of interviews in the audio archive section.

Tre Belle Interview
Duncan Sarkies
Mark Derby - Dan Long
Goldbeard Guitars
Ali Harper - Naughty & Nice
Raybon Kan - 2013 Comedy Festival
WOMAD 2013: Lau - Martin Green
Interview with Michael Chugg
Rebecca Priestly
Simon Sweetman : On Song
Eowyn Ivey
Nalini Singh
Chris Cleave
Joanne Drayton discussing Anne Perry (Juliet Hulme)
Suzy's A Coffee Bar History
Veronika Meduna
Nicky Hager
Ray Columbus
Ryan Prebble (The Nudge)
Mike McRoberts

Go to The Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid Web Page

Win A Double Pass To The BIG DAY OUT

Groove will be giving away a Double Pass to the Auckland Festival between now and Christmas - stay tuned and check the website for more details.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Auckland BDO Side Show Announced


Mystery Girl pre sale from 12pm Tuesday November 26th.
General onsale from 11am from Friday November 29th

BDO Update : Sideshows Announced - Snoop Dog will be sliding in!!!!

SNOOP DOGG aka SNOOP LION announces his Big Day Out 2014 sideshow

As the go-to-man to get your booty movin’, SNOOP DOGG aka SNOOP LION has solidified his position as the leading hip-hop artist across the globe. Recently adopting the moniker Snoop Lion after an inspirational trip to Jamaica, the Powerstation show will be the first time New Zealanders will get to experience his new tracks live on stage. Not to mention all his greatest Dogg hits!

Tickets are on sale at 9am Friday November 29

Thursday 17 January , 2014

Tickets available from
From 9am Friday November 29

go to for more info

Also appearing at Big Day Out 2014
Pearl Jam * Arcade Fire * Blur * Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion
* Major Lazer * The Naked And Famous * Steve Angello
* The Lumineers * Tame Impala * Dillon Francis * Mac Miller * Ghost * Grouplove * Flosstradamus *Portugal. The Man
* Toro Y Moi * Mudhoney * The 1975 * Primus * CSS
* The Phoenix Foundation * SJD
* P-Money * Ladi6 * Beastwars * Concord Dawn
* Clap Clap Riot * Kody Nielson * Randa * PleasePlease * Villainy * DPRTRCLB DJs * Prowler


Vodaphone NZ Music Awards - Tonite - Good Luck to all the finalists!!!!!

Recorded Music NZ has announced the artists in the running for Tui glory at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Shapeshifter and Aaradhna are this year’s front-runners claiming five finalist spots each, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra following closely on four.

Others with multiple finalist nods include Kiwi music sensation Lorde, newcomer Jamie McDell and evergreen groups Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Phoenix Foundation – each with three spots. Lawrence Arabia and Willy Moon both claim two finals places, as does this year’s newly announced co-host Stan Walker.

The finalists have been announced at a star-studded function this evening (October 22) at The Pullman Auckland hotel.

Recorded Music New Zealand Chief Executive Damian Vaughan says this year’s line-up shows the depth and breadth of musical talent in New Zealand.
Read heaps more...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This week on the Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid - Wonderchef: Brett McGregor

This week on the CoffeeBar Kid, my guest is Brett McGregor, whose new book "A Taste of Home" (Random House) is a winner. 

It covers good wholesome, easy to make food that all the family can make, and more importantly - afford. There's not a lot of big, overpriced imgrediant on the menu here, so you can be confident good ideas for cheap satisfying meals.

I have a chat at the Southern Cross over breakfast and even reveal a few culinary secrets of my own.  Join me from 7.30 this Thursday

Below are a few photos of my attempts at a chorizo risotto.  I substitute pearl barley for rice, due to a shopping oversight.  The dish still works pretty well though. 

I think Brett was impressed!

You can read all about his new book at his website:

Also, tonight we review two new books - the latest Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding (Yes she's back and more paranoid than ever!) And, speaking of back, so is Bond. Yes a new novel, written in the style of the other great Fleming of the literary world. Check my reviews/transcripts for these books here:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Groove is now a listener funded radio station and currently commercial free!

Dean Conland MC'ing/broadcasting from the
Rugby World Cup screening at Wellington town hall
We know you love Groove because heaps of you tell us but we need your help to:
  • Keep the station going beyond early January
  • Keep it ad free (or very minimal ads)
  • ideally re-establish FM broadcast sites
At the moment we can carry on till early January. If you don't like the idea of a world without Groove after that, it's time to subscribe via Paypal or credit card using the buttons on the right. If you don't like those options, send us an email and we'll send you the autopayment details.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Let's Get The World's Biggest Party Going!

Last Wednesday was the launch of WOMAD 2014.

Once again the world is coming to Taranaki.  WOMAD 2014 promises yet another explosion of sounds, colour and experiences.  Food, dance, and of course, music.  WOMAD is a festival that covers all the bases.  If you’re into Jazz then check out the amazing Cuban dance and funk of Roberto Fonseco who returns after a 4 year hiatus.  Hip Hop legends Arrested Development will be in the House!  1920’s revivalist Pokey LaFarge will add a touch of Old Town Americana. Blues/Flamenco singer Buika is definitely one to see – with a voice like Nina Simone, layered and imperious.  Worth a look is Japan’s answer to James Brown, Osaka Monaurai.  From Portugal is the raw unbridled passion of Fado is Carminho a future major player on the World Stage.  Kiwi artists include country artist Delaney Davidson, the funky Lantin Aotearoa Project, Moana and the Tribe, Tim Finn, Brett Adams and Diane Swan (The Bads) and 2 time Grammy winner Kimbra.  This is WOMAD’s 10 year, a real cause for celebration.  If you need any excuse to visit the 'Naki, then this family friendly all ages world party is it!

Tune this Thursday for a WOMAD Special on The Adventures of the CoffeeBar Kid - Thursday from 7.30 PM.