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Mermgrown Festival Tāmaki Makaurau Announced Ft. Kane Strang, Mermaidens, Leaping Tiger + More

Mermgrown Festival Tāmaki Makaurau Announced Ft. Kane Strang, Mermaidens, Leaping Tiger + More

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 26th January, 2021 9:00AM

As if Mermaidens organising a fantastic summer festival of hand-picked artists to enjoy in Pōneke wasn't enough, they've truly taken it to the next level, announcing Mermgrown Festival Tāmaki Makaurau is taking over Whammy Bar, Wine Cellar & Backroom in March. The 'wow!'-inducing lineup for the boutique fest's super city edition is a special one indeed, as it features the first live appearance from Kane Strang with band in three years. The Taite-nominated songwriter will debut fresh material from a forthcoming new album, joined by live bandmates Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Sulfate), Leith Towers (Marlin's Dreaming), Mitchell Innes and festival curator Gussie Larkin (Mermaidens, Earth Tongue). That's by no means all to look forward to, as the all-killer bill includes local faves Leaping Tiger, Phoebe Rings, LEAO, K M T P and of course Mermaidens (who promise "new bangers"), with even more revelations to follow. We strongly recommend you secure your spot quick-smart, as tickets are sure to fly out the door for the triple venue, artist-driven event — here are the details...

Undertheradar proudly presents...

Mermgrown Festival Tāmaki Makaurau 2021
Saturday 20th March - Whammy Bar, Wine Cellar & Backroom
Featuring... Kane Strang (with band), Mermaidens, Leaping Tiger, Phoebe Rings, LEAO, K M T P + more to be announced 
Tickets available HERE via UTR

Mermgrown Festival Pōneke
Saturday 20th February - The Workingmen's Bowling Club, Wellington (doors 1pm, all-ages)
Featuring... Womb, Emily Edrosa (solo), Mermaidens, Hans Pucket, Motte, Zero Cool, Ludus, PollyHill, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Black Spider Stomp
Tickets available HERE via UTR (kids aged 13 and under get in free)

Watch the vid for Kane Strang's 'My Smile Is Extinct', from 2017's Two Hearts and No Brain...

Be dazzled by the future visions of Mermaidens' 'Bastards', from their latest album Look Me In the Eye...

Press release:

Mermgrown Festival Auckland 2021
First Lineup Announcement, Tuesday 26 Jan 2021

In the spirit of worldwide domination, Mermaidens have announced that Mermgrown Festival will be coming to Tāmaki Makaurau! On Saturday 20 March 2021 the merms and their talented pals will take over Whammy, Wine Cellar and Backroom for a steamy multi-room extravaganza.

Alongside Mermaidens, this year’s Mermgrown Auckland lineup features the long-awaited return of Kane Strang with a full band, playing songs from his upcoming album as well as happysad bangers from his back catalogue. Kane Strang’s band includes Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Sulfate), Leith Towers (Marlin’s Dreaming), Mitchell Innes and Mermaidens’ own Gussie Larkin.

The first lineup announcement also includes local faves Phoebe Rings, electronic artist Leaping Tiger, 95bfm favourites K M T P, David Feauai-Afaese’s project LEAO, and many more to be announced.

Expect some new bangers from Mermaidens, who scooped up nominations at the Aotearoa Music Awards and the Silver Scrolls last year. In 2020, Mermgrown Wellington sold out within weeks of being announced, so don’t dilly dally - tickets are on sale now from Undertheradar.

Tickets on sale now from Undertheradar.


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Sat 20th Feb 1:00pm
Workingmens Bowling Club , Wellington
Mermgrown - Auckland
Sat 20th Mar 8:00pm
Whammy Bar & Wine Cellar, Auckland