Venues and Events Whangarei are excited to announce the line up for the Whangarei Fritter Festival on Saturday 29 March at Toll Stadium.
“Headlining the festival will be Kora, one of New Zealand’s most powerful live bands, joined by Ladi6, dDub, Kurfew and Juice on the Loose. M.C.for the festival will be Northland Comedian and Kiwi Faves host Aaron Beard,” said Venues and Events Marketing and Events Manager Rachel O'Gorman.
“With another great line-up of acts, combined with great food, wine, entertainment and music, the Whangarei Fritter Festival is well on its way to becoming a feature on New Zealand’s calendar of summer music events.”
Kora’s 2007 self-titled album solidified the group as one of New Zealand’s most popular acts, shooting to the top of the NZ album chart and going double platinum. Kora’s unique style masterfully connected the dots between funk, rock, reggae, metal, hip hop and electronic rhythms, while its live shows were lauded as festival favourite performances and its tours sold out across the country.
With the release of ‘Light Years’ in 2012, space has been its final frontier with Kora mapping a new constellation that warps between future-shocked funk, soul and r’n’b and has been self-dubbed ‘alien funk’.
Ladi6 has been a vital part of the NZ hip hop scene since its inception. In 2008, ten years on from her first gig, she released her debut award winning album, Time Is Not Much, with production by Parks and Mu (Fat Freddy’s Drop).
Ladi6 picked up two New Zealand Music awards in 2011 (Best Urban album and Best Female Artist), two Pacific Music Awards (Best Pacific Urban album and Best Female Artist) and ‘The Liberation Of…’ won the prestigious Taite Music Prize.
dDub is one of New Zealand’s best loved live acts. Engaging and uplifting, the dDub crew propels its way seamlessly through a powerful and non-stop reggae/roots explosion. Horns, harmonies, and hands-high dDub tunes combine to create an elevating musical experience not to be missed.
Renowned for their ‘cranking and skanking’ live shows, the band never fails to connect with the crowd and they have become firm favourites at many nationwide outdoor festivals in NZ.
Kurfew is one of Whangarei’s most loved covers bands. An accomplished professional team with a strong female vocals supported by talented musicians, Kurfew has been entertaining crowds for nine years.
Juice on the Loose is a rhythm and blues band based in Auckland whose music covers such blues heavy weights like Robben Ford, BB King, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Robert Cray and Tedesci Trucks.
Whangarei Fritter Festival
Saturday 29 March
Toll Stadium Okara Drive, Whangarei
11am – 7pm
Food and wine
Food and wine vendors confirmed for the festival so far are Absolute Caterers, Bank Street Social Club, The Cafe Helena Bay Hill, Cafe Jeruselum, First Fruits Kerikeri, Flavours Catering Kerikeri, Killer Proawn, Nectar Cafe, Top Sail, The Coffee Van, The Apprentice Northtec, Karikari Estate, Longview, Marsden Estate, Sailfish Cove and Strugglers Ridge.
Tickets can be purchased via the Eventfinda website www.eventfinda.co.nz and from Forum North Box Office on Rust Avenue, Whangarei. The early bird adult price is $32 (general price $42 from 1 March). Children are $15 (5 to 17 years) and a family is $87 (2 adults, 2 children). 4 years and under is free. All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fees.
Social club bookings
Work or club groups of 10 plus can book a space in the Social Club area and receive a discounted rate (early bird adult $28.80 until 28 February). To book your space email firstname.lastname@example.org now.
For only $15 let someone else take care of getting you to the festival and home again. Venues and Events will be putting on three special event buses from Waipu to Toll Stadium and return, Matapouri to Toll Stadium and return and Whangarei Heads to Toll Stadium and return including stops between. All buses leave their starting points and 10am to get you to the festival by 11am and depart from Toll Stadium at 7.15pm. Bus tickets can be purchased via Eventfinda or from Forum North Box Office until Tuesday 25 March.