The Kings Arms

An Auckland institution: live music venue, heritage pub, affordable eatery

The Kings Arms is a bar, an authentic rock music venue, an affordable eatery and an unpretentious no fuss pub experience with a sun-drenched beer garden smack bang in the centre of town.

Critic's Choice Prize Showcase

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards: Critic's Choice Award.

This year marks the 25th anniversary for NZ On Air and as a way of showing its commitment to finding and encouraging new talent, the organisation is sponsoring the 2014 Critics’ Choice Prize showcase.

The 2014 line-up for the NZ On Air Critics’ Choice Prize includes three incredibly talented artists covering a variety of genres from soul to rap.

The soulful Estere makes this year’s short-list. She has already begun building a solid reputation and fan base – even landing the accolade of performing as the opening for Aloe Blacc on October 21.

The electric Lake South is also in the line-up and again has proven his laurels. His “downbeat anthem for disillusion” Good Keen Man was shortlisted for the APRA Silver Scroll.

And rounding out the line-up is rapperRanda. No stranger to the awards, Randa’s video for Frankenstein was a finalist in 2013 VNZMAs. Randa also performed at this year’s Big Day Out festival.

Established in 2010, the Critics’ Choice prize recognises up-and-coming artists and potential future Tui recipients. Past winners include Watercolours (2012) and multi-instrumentalist Sheep, Dog & Wolf (2013).

The three 2014 contenders perform a live showcase at The Kings Arms in Auckland on October 29 before the Tui recipient is announced on the night.


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