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More Artists Announced For Splore Festival 2018

More Artists Announced For Splore Festival 2018

Tuesday 7th November, 2017 8:06AM

Splore Festival 2018 have announced their second wave of artists for the three day Auckland summer event. Artists added to the already thrilling bill will include UK neo-soul legend Omar, pioneering US disco producer John Morales (M&M), British electronic dance producer Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols), Auckland psychedelic pop/dance artist Kody Neilson (aka Silicon), Wellington beat producer Cave Circles (Riki Gooch) and Hamilton rap artist Raiza Biza. These artists will join headliners Dizzee Rascal, Chronixx and more, check out the full details below…

Splore Festival 2018
23rd - 25th February, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland

Second lineup announced… Omar, Barry Ashworth, John Morales, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Racing, Kody Neilson, Kuki Koori, New Telepathics, Raiza Biza, Hopetoun Brown, The Nukes,  AceTones, Centuries, Clicks, Dual, Eastern Bloc, K2K, Eddie Mac (Australia), Imagine This, Cave Circles (Riki Gooch), Logg Cabin, Dubhead, Regrooved Sound System, Ribera, Takas, Dastardly Bounder, Cian, Mr Big Stuff, Pippin, Guy Johnson, Oaariki, Jamie Newman, FJ, Hudge, Lauren Fong, Ethan James, and DJ Balkanetic.

Joining… Dizzee Rascal, Chronixx, Black Milk, Too Many Zooz, KAOS, My Baby, Bonaparte, Marcelinho da Lua, Courtesy, Mama Snake, RIA Hall, The Nudge, Manuel Bundy, Greg Churchill, Lady Flic, Aroha and Tali.

Ticketing info is available at:

Watch the video for Omar’s hit single ‘The Man’…

Listen to John Morales’ excellent dance remix of ‘The More I Get’ by Teddy Pendergrass…

Check out Raiza Biza’s popular recent single ‘Wassup’…

Listen to Kody Neilson’s Silicon remix of Bic Runga’s classic ‘Drive’…

Press release:

More music goodness for Splore 2018

Splore has added a large eclectic group of international and local acts to its already impressive lineup.

Heading the announcement is bona fide UK soul legend Omar. Cited as a favourite by none other than Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, Omar will make his NZ debut at Splore, supported by LA-based NZ musician Mark de Clive Lowe. Their show will entail Omar laying down his instantly recognisable soul vocals and keys with de Clive Lowe building layers of dancefloor beats with a drum machine, live sampling and mixes on-the-fly.

Other internationals announced include UK party provocateur, Barry Ashworth, NYC disco funk pioneer, John Morales, and one of America’s most charismatic country blues acts, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

Promising a swirling groove, rock anthems and weird tropical dance music, NZ band of the moment, Racing will make their debut performance at Splore.

One of New Zealand’s most vital musicians, Kody Neilson, will make his Splore debut on the Main Stage. Evolving from his current Silicon moniker, Kody’s newer work takes in Afrobeat, jazz fusion, Italo Disco,and psychedelic rock while maintaining a commitment to classic songcraft and musicianship.

Fat Freddy’s Iain Gordon and Wellington VJ Mick Finn will create a sonic and visual feast from scratch late at night on Splore’s Main Stage. Their brainchild, Kuki Koori, embraces Iain’s love of machines and warm analogue sounds and Mick’s love of live drawing, painting and animation.

After a stunning album debut performance at Golden Dawn, Auckland band New Telepathics will move up to a big stage and PA at Splore. Rammed with some of NZ’s finest musicians and singers, New Telepathics’ sound embraces afrobeat, punk, dub and the avant-garde.

Other local bands announced include the Raiza Biza, Hopetoun Brown, The Nukes as well as rocksteady supremos AceTones. Sixteen year-old Josh Parker’s project Centuries will also debut in Splore’s Living Lounge.

Live dance acts Clicks (Dick Johnson and Anna Coddington) and Dual will feature on Splore’s DJ stages.

A huge line up of DJ’s and MC’s have also been added. Included are Eastern Bloc, K2K, Eddie Mac (Australia), Imagine This, Cave Circles (Riki Gooch), Logg Cabin, Dubhead, Regrooved Sound System, Ribera, Takas, Dastardly Bounder, Cian, Mr Big Stuff, Pippin, Guy Johnson, Oaariki, Jamie Newman, FJ, Hudge, Lauren Fong, Ethan James and DJ Balkanetic.

The above artists join previously announced acts Dizzee Rascal, Chronixx, Too Many Zooz, Black Milk, Ria Hall, The Nudge, Denmark’s Courtesy and Mamasnake plus Japan’s KAO=S.

Splore’s music director, John Minty, says the festival’s large line up of eclectic acts, spread over five stages, is the key to the unique experience Splorers enjoy each year.

“Most festival attendees may not be familiar with many of the acts booked. They are chosen on their charismatic performances and good musicianship. Festival goers get exposed to sounds they may not normally seek out and this adds to the extraordinary aural experience at Tapapakanga’s beachside setting”.

Minty says attendees come with an open mind and therefore go away with very unique and powerful memories of music, performance and art that moves them profoundly.


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Splore 2018
Fri 23rd Feb 8:00am
Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland