Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Where’s My Room: The Neil and Liam Finn Tour - Photo Book



Photography by Ian Jorgensen

ALH056. 304 pages. Softcover. A Low Hum Publishing

In the summer of 2018 Neil & Liam Finn teamed up with A Low Hum for a tour that took them to spots even the most ardent of Kiwi nomads would be hard-placed to point out on a map - communities such as Purekireki, Tauhei, Tirohanga, Himatangi Beach and Absurdistan. It was a way to connect with audiences often neglected by touring musicians combined with an epic summer road-trip.

‘Where’s My Room’ was both a vacation for the Finns and their friends and a celebration of that li’l kiwi battler, the community hall. Nineteen shows in all, the tour stretched throughout January and saw Neil and Liam Finn debut live a wealth of material from their new collaborative album, Lightsleeper, as well as digging into the various band members’ envious and deep back catalogue of hits.

Utilising his privileged position as promoter and tour manager, notorious music photographer Ian Jorgensen captured intimate moments of the Finns, crew and the visited communities on 35mm film. His candid portraiture documents the tour behind-the-scenes, showing what it’s like to be out on-the-road in rural New Zealand from the perspective of one of touring’s most roadworn advocates.

Wake up, drive, load-in, set-up, sound-check, rest, perform, pack-down, load-out, sleep, repeat. This is what happens when twenty-odd friends, family, band and crew head out on the road in rural New Zealand and attempt something out-of-the-ordinary.

“Young New Zealanders head out as soon as they can - but are they missing something precious on their own doorstep? Now the world seems fixated on watching itself in a spiral of despair, perhaps there is something to be discovered by exploring the margins; what’s happening unobserved in the small towns. Some truth.”
Neil Finn.

Where’s My Room
ISBN: 978-0-473-45639-9
Publisher: A Low Hum, ALH056
304 pages. Softcover.
Pre-orders from Dec 3rd.
Release date/shipping from: Dec 17th, 2018.
Available from
$49.95 NZD + p&p

All press enquires:
For photos you can use to accompany any text, please visit here: (password: aloha)

Promotional video here:

Neil & Liam Finn ‘Lightsleeper’ here:


Full tour dates listed below.
A Low Hum presents Where’s My Room, January 2018
3 Piha, Barnett Hall
4 Warkworth, Warkworth Hall
5 Waipu, Coronation Hall
6 Kaiwaka, Kaiwaka Memorial Hall
7 Absurdistan, Absurdistan Hall
9 Tauhei, Tauhei Memorial Hall
10 Tirohanga, Tirohanga Settlers Hall
11 Pirongia, Pirongia Hall
12 Pukekohe, Buckland Hall
15 Waipawa, CHB Municipal Theatre
16 Himatangi Beach, Himatangi Beach Hall
17 Paekakariki, St Peter’s Village Hall
19 Akaroa, The Gaiety
20 Oxford, Oxford Town Hall
21 Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo Community Hall
23 Hawea Flat, Hawea Flat Hall
24 Arrowtown, Athenaeum Hall
26 Purekireki, Purekireki Hall
27 Milton, Milton Coronation Hall

The classic kiwi community hall has faced a tough time the past decade with many shutting their doors, being faced with imminent closure or having to deal with the enforcement of a paranoid liquor act believing such halls are makeshift speakeasys.

Community Halls the Lifeblood of Rural Areas That Are Now Under Threat,
Police Work with Council to Tackle BYO Issues at Community Hall,
No BYO Could Spell the End for Alcohol at Rural Community Events,
The Future of Many Community Halls Remain Bleak,
Drivers Stopped for Donations,
Concern at threatened loss of Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington Scoop

The Neil & Liam Finn touring band consisted of Neil Finn, Liam Finn, Elroy Finn, Sharon Finn, Connan Mockasin, EJ Barnes, Jimmy Metherell, John Carroll Kirby & Molly Lewis

Neil and Liam Finn along with A Low Hum will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the NZ Music Foundation, who offer a free support service to NZ music people experiencing distress, serious illness and hardship.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.

Howard Davis: Inside The King's Head - Girl in the Loft at BATS

Katherine Wyeth weaves together a dramatic tapestry of memory, identity, and legacy, exploring what it was like to grow up in the second oldest operating pub theatre in the UK. More>>

Howard Davis: Fiddling While America Burns - Wellington's T-Bone Cut A Rug

Just a few days prior to the most significant US Presidential elections in decades, local denizens of Lower Hutt's Moera Hall were treated to a broad canvas of musical styles, including tinges of bluegrass, old-time, country, cajun, and zydeco influences. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland