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A dozen music events for Friday 12 October (special high-five edition)

There is so much good musical entertainment on tonight, that we’re running an extended “high five” to cover it all…

The big gig tonight is Rhian Sheehan at the Michael Fowler Centre. To showcase A Quiet Divide, his first new album in over five years, Sheehan is performing a special series of shows across New Zealand, transforming venues into spectacles of sound and light in a cinematic experience. And he starts in home base Wellington, the first time he’s performed here since 2013, leading eight musicians plus a live string section to combine with visual elements created by Weta Workshop, Perceptual Engineering and a collective of talented visual artists for a richly layered live experience. As well as featuring the new album, a marriage of orchestral chamber music, cinematic guitar, and synth-based soundscapes, Sheehan will play work from previously acclaimed albums Standing In Silence and Stories From Elsewhere. Doors open 7.00pm for the 8.00pm show, with tickets from $60.00 +BF.

As part of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul’s Organ Festival (12 to 14 October), international concert organist Dr Joseph Nolan, acclaimed as one of the most exciting talents of his generation, will give the inaugural recital tonight of the new custom-built, digital Viscount Regent Classic organ at the Cathedral, 45 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, from 7.00 to 9.00pm. Formerly Organist of the Chapel Royal St James’ Palace, Nolan is described as “a colossus” and will perform the famous Symphonie no 5 by Charles-Marie Widor, concluding with the well-known Toccata, along with works by JS Bach, Franck and Dupré. Tickets are $30.00, with concessions of $25.00; or get the special discount rate of $50/$40 if including tickets for Laudes Organi, the combined cathedral choir concert on Saturday 13 October, featuring Parry’s ‘I was Glad’ and Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’. Listen to Joseph Nolan and Cathedral director Michael Stewart talk to RNZ’s Upbeat here.

Wellington Youth Choir presents their final concert for 2018 with Something Borrowed, Something New, showcasing pieces both old and new, and demonstrates the hard work that their singers have put in throughout the year. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7.00pm show at Wellington Central Baptist, 46-48 Boulcott Street. Tickets are $15.00 waged and $10.00 unwaged.

The Schola Cantorum Choir are giving a free hour-long concert at 17 Boulcott Street from 7.30 to 9.30pm, including material ranging from Vivaldi to Leonard Cohen.

The Fiction Room is on again, with koha entry at Pegasus Books, Left Bank Cuba Street from 6.00 to 7.00pm. Episode 13 features Elliot Vaughan performing moody ghost jams from his projects Swarm of Infants, The End Tree and Iffy South, joined by singers Eleanor McGechie and LJ Crichton. Normally an experimental composer, this will be Elliot’s first singer-songwriter set in New Zealand.

In the latest of the Thistle Sessions at the The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave Street, Andy Gallagher will bring one loud voice, two small instruments and three basic chords to play a free show from 6.00 to 8.00pm, weaving whimsy and fun through upbeat tunes about love, adventure and the rest of life’s nonsense. There will be a guest appearance by David Binnie on percussion.

There were only five $28.00 tickets left yesterday morning for the Jack Panther single release party at Wunbee Vol. 2 (at 1B, 40 Cuba Street, from 7.30pm), also featuring Crystal, Bad Hagrid and  Hummucid, so you have probably missed out on that.

Tickets are still available ($23.00+BF) for the Strangely Arousing – Ladeda Release Show at San Fran, from 8.00pm. The dub-funk fivesome have returned from a successful tour of China and South Korea, to release of their new single ‘Ladeda’. Newcomers to the Strangely Arousing tour bus include local favourites Dr. Reknaw and Tim Nolier as DJ/MC Straw Hat.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Moon bar in Newtown invite you down from 8.30pm for a drink, a chat and a dance for the NZ Mental Health Foundation (koha entry – all proceeds to the Foundation). The lineup of artists for Music for Mental Health includes Tom Swingler playing chilled out tunes about life, love and eternity, Stink, a groovy new band from Massey’s music school, and house, funk & disco DJ AW B. Reduce the stigma around speaking out about mental health struggles, and connect through music and good times.

Heat 2 of the Wellington division of the Battle of the Bands 2018 National Championship is on from 8.30pm to 12.30am at Valhalla, 154 Vivian Street ($10.00), with contenders ELK, Julian Terris, Mojo Alice, Space Doubt and more bands to be announced. Entries are still open for the competition at

Out in Lyall Bay, Parrotdog brewery and bar present their monthly free gig at 60-66 Kingsford Smith Street. Hans Pucket is a local pop band made up of Callum Devlin, Oliver Devlin and Jonathan Nott, who jist want to make you dance.

Playing out the night is the eighth birthday celebration for Church of Bass, a free gig at Laundry, 240 Cuba Street, from 9.00pm to 3.00am. DJs Paige Julia, Habit,  Rollout and Jakab Stormrage will be playing a selection of house, liquid, halftime, jungle and more.