Battle over Omaka
The Classic Fighters airshow takes to the skies of Marlborough every second Easter weekend. This year the main event (Friday is practice day; Saturday and Sunday the show proper) will be the spectacular sight of over 100 aircraft in a mock attack of the Omaha Aviation Heritage Centre, with ground troops and pyrotechnics ramping up the action. Classic Fighters 2015 will also pay tribute to Anzac aviation history and feature the firmly-on-the-ground vintage vehicles of the Marlborough Classic Car Club.
Paolo: can u go?
Scottish singer Paolo Nutini brought blue-eyed soul back last year with Caustic Love, an album that also called on the talents of Prince prodigy Janelle Monaé, bassist Pino Palladino (D’Angelo, The Who) and producer Tchad Blake (Crowded House, Pearl Jam). Nutini will be in Auckland in April for two gigs at the Powerstation.
Sample the master of funk
Sixty years ago, barbershop assistant George Clinton formed a doo-wop band that evolved into Parliament, the groundbreaking psychedelic funk band. Also leading its sister act Funkadelic, Clinton has become one of the most influential musicians of all. Hip-hop would not be what it is without Parliament-Funkadelic samples. Aged 73, he and his band still pack big funk in their trunk. Catch them at the Powerstation in Auckland.
Ed Sheeran is a global musical phenomenon, selling millions of albums and packing out arena shows with nothing more than a loop pedal, an acoustic guitar and hip-hop-inspired, folk-infused pop songs. During the 23-year-old Brit’s previous visit to New Zealand, for gigs last autumn, he made a cameo on Shortland Street. The evidence suggests he is a far better musician than actor, so don’t bet on a repeat Shorty performance when he plays Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena and Auckland’s Vector Arena.
The hardest yards
As well as being the country’s biggest multisport event, the Xterra Rotorua Festival is also the most open to athletes of all abilities. There are five events staggered over the day: 5.5km, 11km and 21km races that can be run or walked, a 26km mountain bike event and a triathlon. The latter, for solo tri-hards and teams of two or three, is an almost Olympic-standard challenge of 1km swim, 26km bike and 11km run.
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