Splore has released a typically diverse line-up of artists in its first major announcement for the February 2016 event with five international artists making their New Zealand debuts.
SXSW and Pitchfork indie darling, Waxahatchee, will play Splore on the back of her acclaimed third album, Ivy Tripp. Touring with her live band, Waxahatchee ( aka Katie Crutchfield) will bring her unique style of folk-inflected indie rock to NZ after a successful Australian solo tour earlier this year.
One of America's most charismatic blues/indie bands, The Reverend Peyton and His Big Damned Band, will play two sets at Splore. A regular at SXSW, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury, The Reverend's gritty, growling vocals and superlative finger picking guitar style channel blues greats like Charlie Patton andFurry Lewis. The band's latest album 'So Delicious', went to Number 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart and Number 3 on both Billboard's Blues Album and Heatseekers charts.
And the UK's dancefloor-friendly, Dub Pistols will make their first visit to NZ. The super-tight UK festival regular keep winning new fans at Glastonbury and Bestival with their blend of ska, dub and hip hop. Led by the charismatic Barry Ashworth, The Dub Pistols have worked with The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs.
Australia's most exciting new hip hop talent, Tkay Maidza, will bring her eccentric style and original flow across the ditch next February. Compared favourably to Azealia Banks in style, Tkay has been hyped by Run the Jewels' Killer Mike, Charli XCX and Mark Ronson. Her recent sold-out gigs in Australia have followed sensational debuts at Brighton's legendary Great Escape festival and Splendour in the Grass.
Also from Australia, new lo-fi soul sensation, Jordan Rakei, will make his New Zealand debut at Splore. He has garnered a loyal global following with a sound inspired by musical influences including Robert Glasper, Fat Freddys Drop and Roy Ayers.
Adding to the international roster is one of UK's leading hip hop dj's, Sarah Love who is described invariably as a "one woman worldwide wrecking ball". Local acts announced for Splore so far include Katchafire, The Supervillains, Tipene, Eno x Dirty and Race Banyon.
Back by popular demand and already announced for Splore 2016 are the UK's Cuban Brothers and The Correspondents. It seems the audience can't get enough of both these acts as they remain the most consistently requested music acts to bring back.
John Minty, Splore's Music and Festival Director says "Splore 2016 will be another eclectic music event with an emphasis on hand-picked charismatic acts. Combined with innovative art and roving performers, Splore continues to enhance its reputation as a world-class creative festival experience."
Splore's launch party featuring Tuxedo on Friday 18 September saw the unveiling of the Splore 2016 theme and creative direction. Each year the audience awaits their cue for a night of dress up to unleash their inner alter ego. The Splore 2016 theme is ‘a summer odyssey' and the hero image is a waka filled with recognisable Splore characters that nod to the exciting journey and summer destination that Splore has become on the festival calendar.
February 19-21: Tapapakanga Park, Deerys Road, Orere Point
Gates open 8am Friday 19 February, entertainment finishes 5pm Sunday 21 Feburary
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.