Spotify & Telecom NZ Partner To Give Customers Free Music!

TMO0921_Superlite_Mockup_v5.pdf-1Spotify and Telecom NZ have partnered to offer Spotify Premium free and exclusively on selected mobile plans, giving customers access to more than 20 million tracks on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

From tomorrow (Friday 28 February) all Telecom customers who use the $29 Ultra Mobile prepaid value pack, or who are signed up to the $59 monthly Ultra Mobile plan or higher, will receive a Spotify Premium subscription (RRP $12.99 per month) at no additional cost. Existing customers on these plans qualify automatically for the subscription.

To celebrate freeing the music, Kiwi artists Jamie McDell, Clap Clap Riot, and Benny Tipene are releasing new tracks and shooting music videos on the streets of Auckland today, giving fans the chance to hear them live, for free and to feature in the videos.

Telecom’s existing customers on eligible plans will be notified over the next few days (by email, traditional mail or SMS), prompting them to register online for Spotify Premium at More information on Telecom’s partnership with Spotify and what it means for customers can be found at



Clap Clap Riot New Zealand tour – proudly presented by Spotify!

Auckland indie-rock outfit Clap Clap Riot are teaming up with Spotify to present a four date tour this March in support of their second album Nobody/Everybody – out February 14th. Recorded at Mt Eden’s underground studio The Lab, Nobody/Everybody sees the band progress to a far groovier territory, with sounds throwing back to the hazy vibe of the sixties.  With their debut, Counting Spins, seeing huge praise from Australia and New Zealand, and earning them the title of iTunes’s ‘NZ Rock album of 2012’, there’s a great deal of excitement in for the release of Nobody/Everybody

Clap Clap Riot will celebrate the release with a nationwide tour in March, playing four dates around some of the country’s main venues, including:

Friday 7 March – Auckland – Galatos

Saturday 8 March – Wellington – Puppies

Friday 14 March – Christchurch – Dux Live

Saturday 15 March – Dunedin – Chicks’ Hotel

With support from Sherpa

Tickets available now from 


Ellie Goulding annouces tour of Australia and New Zealand – proudly presented by Spotify!


With over 15 million singles and 4 million album sales worldwide, Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce that Ellie Goulding is bringing her exquisite voice and unique brand of indietronica to Australia and New Zealand for a tour in May and June 2014!

Having toured Australia in 2013 as both part of the Future Music Festival line-up

and her own headline side shows, Ellie Goulding is set to deliver an electrifying live performance in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide Sydney and Brisbane before heading to New Zealand for shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The songstress embarks on her European tour in January 2014, before a final show at London’s The O2 Arena in March 2014, which is part of a UK Arena tour after unprecedented demand following her recent sold out shows in Britain. Having toured with Bruno Mars in the US earlier this year, Ellie recently performed her No.1 UK smash hit ‘Burn’ on The Ellen Show. During her US visit, Goulding also joined Katy Perry on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in LA for a powerful performance of Katy’s hit ‘Roar’.

In October 2013 Ellie was awarded the accolade of Best Solo artist by the UK’s reputable Q Magazine, beating the likes of Jake Bugg and David Bowie.

In October 2012, Ellie released her sophomore album Halycon (out now through Universal) which spawned the hit single ‘Anything Could Happen’ (watch the clip here) which reached #20 on the ARIA singles chart, #5 on the UK and Scottish singles chart and #1 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs Chart. Halcyon also teamed Ellie with Calvin Harris on ‘I Need Your Love’ (watch here), which climbed to #3 on the ARIA Charts.

“Ellie Goulding’s voice is really something special, imprinting everything she sings with unique character. Her tremulous vibrato and slightly hoarse timbre have the feel of something primal and folky, her birdlike high notes conveying a childlike wonder while darker tones imply ancient depths of sorrow.”

– The Telegraph (UK)

“In summation, Ellie Goulding showed the New York crowd at Terminal 5 what she was made of: charisma, loads of energy and unbelievable natural and raw talent. Her live show garners an A rating. Her vocals were sultry and captivating and she possessed great stage presence”

– Examiner (USA)

Released in July this year, Ellie’s latest track ‘Burn’ ignited Australian and New Zealand audiences with the single peaking at #6 on the ARIA singles chart, #4 on the iTunes chart, and certified double platinum. ‘Burn’ was produced by LA pop legend Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen) with the official video now passing 70 million views to date. The deluxe edition of Halcyon – Halcyon Days – was released with seven new tracks including collaborations with Madeon, DJ Fresh and BURNS.

Anything could happen at Ellie Goulding’s Australian and New Zealand headline shows in May and June 2014 so make sure you don’t miss out!


Frontier Members pre-sale via

12noon AUS (AEDT) / 12pm NZ (NZDT) Wed 20 Nov to

12noon AUS (AEDT) / 12pm NZ (NZDT) Thur 21 Nov

General public on sale from 9am local time, Tuesday 26 November

Wed 28 May Perth | Challenge Stadium (All Ages) |  136 100

Sat 31 May Melbourne | Festival Hall (All Ages) | 136 100

Sun 1 June Adelaide | AEC Theatre (All Ages) | 132 849

Tues 3 June Sydney | Hordern Pavilion (All Ages) | 132 849

Thurs 5 June Brisbane | Convention Exhibition Centre (All Ages) | 132 849

Sat 7 June Auckland | Vector Arena (All Ages) | 0800 111 999

Mon 9 June Wellington | TSB Bank Arena (All Ages) | 0800 842 538

Wed 11 June Christchurch | CBS Canterbury Arena (All Ages) | 0800 842 538

Listen to Lorde’s exclusive live EP on Spotify

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Lorde – that’s Takapuna, North Shore City, New Zealand born Ella Yelich-O’Connor – is, on all the evidence currently available, the most remarkable songwriter of her generation. Inspired by James Blake, Lana Del Rey, Lou Reed, Burial, Bon Iver and Drake, Ella is a phenomenal talent, an artist with enough insight to simultaneously comment on – and make – great pop. The fact she’s only 16-years-old makes the whole thing even more striking.

Today we’re releasing an exclusive live EP, recorded last month in Australia. Listen to it here –

You can also watch our exclusive interview, where Lorde talks us through her song writing process, where she finds inspiration, and reveals what goes through her mind the moments before she walks out on stage.


Our Interview with Miami Horror

Miami Horror

Psychedelic dance adventurers, Miami Horror, are coming back to Australia, with their new single ‘Real Slow‘ in December!  Miami Horror is anchored by producer Benjamin Plant, who began to release remixes under the name Miami Horror, whilst in film school in Melbourne. Their instantaneous popularity led him to drop out and recruit the remaining three members of the band. After playing festivals and sold out shows around the world, the four piece band relocated from Melbourne to Los Angeles in 2011, where the California sun allowed them to scratch their creative itch unlike before. We got the chance to interview Benjamin Plant about the music he couldn’t live without and what he’s listening to now. See our interview below.

What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?
My younger brother and I used to pull out our parents records and cds when we kids. We started with Mamma Mia by Abba when we were super young and slowly progressed to Prince. Found a tape with David Bowie. My parents used to play Chris Isaak and a lot of ‘sunday’ music though..

What was the first record you fell in love with?
I really cant pinpoint it. I would say the closest was the “Prince” best of..

Who made you want to make music?
The time when i got really motivated was when I started getting into a lot more electronic music around 2003, my friends showed me Daft Punk  when I was about 17 and it blew my mind.

What were you listening to whilst recording?
For most part of the first album it was Daft PunkAlan Braxe Fred Falke and a lot of disco in 2006-2009. After we finished the album in 2010 it was a combo of a lot more 70s dreamier stuff, a bit of psych rock, Todd Rundgren, soft rock amongst a modern contingent of Tame ImpalaAriel PinkToro Y Moi… things in that vain.. For a while we were only listening to old stuff. Now we’re getting back into the more modern world but nothing has blown my mind for a while.

What five records couldn’t you live without?
I’d love to say some really obscure krautrock record, but there are only a few classics that have really made a consistent impact and stood the test of time for me.

Air – Moon Safari
Chic – C’est Chic
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Daft Punk – Discovery
Sgt. Peppers
Anything Todd Rungren or Nile Rogers was involved in.

What are you listening to at the moment?
Today it was a bit of John Talabot.

Does the perfect song exist?
There are many almost perfect songs, but nothing is perfect.

Finally, what’s your favourite noise?
For so long it was the sweet sound of a moog bassline, I’m still awaiting the next one.

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