Altearoa Founders: Vince, John, Ken

Altearoa is here to bring you everything New Zealand has to offer in alternative shows, gigs, and events. We want you to know about all the talent that NZ has to offer. Along with our event guide we’ll be bringing you interviews, reviews, articles, features, and anything we can to really go into some depth about whats going on around Aotearoa.

Formed June 11th 2013 Altearoa has grown steadily and continued to improve itself. Altearoa produced its first show,’The Madhouse’, in October 2015. Along with the addition of producing shows, more writers have come on board, and the organisation continues to grow.


With knowledge of a wide variety of performance, from acting to music, with a touch of circus on the side, Vince has led a varied life. Discovering Black Sabbath led to some very metal teenage years during which he developed an appreciation of all things alternative.

A fan of metal and industrial music with more than a touch of goth about him, this performer turned promoter, is in charge of the site content. Making sure we’re bringing you things you want to see.


The man behind the code, Ken brings you the site itself, and being brought listening to Rock and Metal, it’s no surprise Ken is the Punk Rocker of the group. Starting from a child, he’s been listening to the likes of Led Leppelin and AC/DC with a love for the shredding guitars and power vocals, this love would continue right to this day. Led Zeppelin and AC/DC are still a big part of Ken’s musical interests, but Punk Rock is now a big part of him with bands like (Hed) P.E. and Dropkick Murphys being his main Punk Rock focus.

Ken’s interests also lie within the area of Industrial, however it’s not so much the music aspect of the Industrial scene, it’s more within the old skool car scene, like Custom Hot Rods and Motor Cycles.


Born and raised in Christchurch, Axl (known as Lexa Dixon) is our Wellington reviewer. Axl is the rock god of the group, being brought up with the likes of Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Metallica and other heavyweight rock groups it’s not obvious that he takes the music industry seriously. A few of Axl’s favorite kiwiana rock bands would include Blindspott, Devilskin, City of Souls and I Am Giant.

Between 2014 and 2016, Axl came back to Christchurch and during his time he hosted karaoke at a few iconic bars including the Phoenix Bar, The Embankment and The Brougham. When it comes to life apart from music, Axl has been in the acting industry for over 10 years and has 2 daughters.