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We're teaming up with NZ On Screen, to polish up some local gems from the past. Relive some of the best moments in television history, from breaking news to pop culture, comedy, drama, sports and more.

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    Before They Were Famous: Russell Crowe
    • Wednesday 1 Nov 2017

    G These days Russell Crowe is known for his movie career, but back in 1985 he was busy trying to make a name for himself in the music business. In fact, he was trying to make a somewhat different name for himself than the one we now know him by. Back then, Russell went by Russ le Roq, and was the leader of Auckland band Roman Antix. Here he's seen promoting their debut video on teen music show Shazam!, looking fresh-faced, but already showing the drive and determination that would soon land him in Hollywood. Fast-forward 15 years and he would be leading Romans of a different kind, playing General Maximum Meridius in Gladiator.

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      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G In 1988, Neon Picnic was supposed to be the hottest ticket in town. Sir Bob Geldof, fresh from his Live Aid success, was one of the star acts, but unfortunately the festival ran into trouble and fell apart. Sir Bob gallantly came to the aid of disappointed music fans and saved the day with a hastily put together consolation gig. In this clip Richard Driver interviews the man himself, who has nothing but praise for the local musos and a fair bit of trademark scorn for the Neon Picnic organisers.

      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G Mention the word 'Nambassa' to anyone over 40 and no doubt their eyes will light up. In 1979 60,000 people attended the legendary festival. The three-day festival was the high-water mark for Aotearoa's attempt at a Woodstock-like festival and a celebration of the counterculture. In this clip the narrator explains that the festival wasn't solely about the music, it also had many workshops for young people to explore including homebirth, yoga, and composting. Wild!

      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G Parachute was one of New Zealand's most successful music festivals by the time it shut up shop in 2014, having been a mainstay event for an impressive 24 years. This clip from Flipside in 2004 explains why a Christian music festival became so popular and helped to bring Christian music to generations of young audiences.

      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G The Gathering was a non-stop music festival held on the Takaka Hill every New Year's Eve. Often the weather didn't play ball and the festival turned into a giant mud bath, but that didn't stop the punters from having a good time. As Newsboy explains "It's like Country Calendar on acid" - but relax, you don't need drugs to enjoy this clip.

      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G The late Dylan Taite presents this look at Sweetwaters 1980 in his inimitable laconic way. Lamenting the fact that music festivals have become less about the music and more about the bottom line, Taite interviews some classic Kiwi punters about what they're looking for at this, the very first, Sweetwaters.

      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G Just six months after the sensation that was 'Woodstock', New Zealand attempted its own version, called Redwood. Unfortunately, Kiwi audiences weren't treated to a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo but had to settle for Bee Gee Robin Gibb. Someone in the crowd obviously wasn't a fan of the high-pitched singer and took the opportunity to throw a rotten tomato at Gibb, despite all the security measures taken before he took to the stage.

      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G Rhythm and Vines started as an idea between mates in a pub back in 2003 and since then it's grown into a hot international ticket. This access-all-areas pass clip shows the 25,000 strong crowd rocking out at the 2011 New Year's Eve concert.

      • Wednesday 1 Jan

      G In the early 2000s the Big Day Out was a must-see event on any music-lover's calendar. The giant gig saw many of the world's biggest bands take the stage in a day long hit parade. One of the more memorable moments came when Newsboy (Jeremy Wells) met grunge queen, Courtney Love, who was performing with her band Hole. In between playing bouts of 'guess the star sign' - you can catch Ms. Love give Newsboy the 'glad eye' in this clip.

      • Sunday 1 Dec 2019

      G In the 90s Mai Time was an influential magazine show for Maori youth exploring cultural and contemporary issues. In this clip, the show takes a look back at some of the 'maddest' styles on the show over the years - including some animated facial expressions from Stacey Daniels and even a hungover host.

      • Sunday 1 Dec 2019

      G Would you believe that Celebrity Treasure Island is nearly 20 years old? This clip is from the very first celebrity version of the popular reality show. Some of the biggest household names of the time participated, including model Nicky Watson, Sally Ridge and Anthony Parker Junior.

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