FROM LEFT On set with photographer Garth Badger, guest editor Mitch Lowe, editor Jenny Rudd, creative director Emma Staddon, Maloney’s barber Sue Phelan and guest editors Toby Burrows and Pato Alvarez.

Three’s not a crowd – it’s a party! Music promoters Mitch Lowe, Pato Alvarez and Toby Burrows work hard year-round to bring us the best of the good times our country has to offer, so who better to guest-edit our special Summer Sounds issue than them?


Mitch, Pato and Toby are the faces behind the festivals you know and love – events like Bay Dreams, One Love and Soundsplash, plus the Ohakune Mardi Gras, and gigs by some of the biggest names in the music business, including Bryan Adams, The Jacksons, UB40 and Peking Duk. They’ve even persuaded superstar Cardi B to play at Bay Dreams at the Mount and in Nelson.

On the following pages, the boys bring you interviews with bands, industry secrets, and a taste of what promises to be summer that’ll go down in history. As well as international stars, they champion New Zealand talent, giving us the scoop on how Polynesians are rivaling Jamaicans on the reggae scene and one thing Shapeshifter just can’t get enough of.

This summer, get out and fill your ears, heart and mind with music that’ll make you feel alive. Sprinkle some glitter over your sunblock, and get ready to rock.

Mitch Lowe
When he’s not busy running the southern hemisphere electronica scene, you’ll find Mitch chilling
at home in the Ohauiti hills.
Pato Alvarez
This Chilean powerhouse captured our hearts when we met him in issue 36. Read more about him at:
Toby Burrows
The last word in New Zealand festivals, no one can transform an empty green field faster than Toby can.
The new BMW X5.
NICE RIDE… We made full use of the BMW X5’s all-new features when we drove Mitch, Pato and Toby to Auckland for our cover shoot. The non-slip boot meant our props didn’t slide around, and the heated and cooling cupholders were perfect for everyone’s coffee and juice.