Three more local bands have been confirmed to join bands Kora, Ladi6, dDub, Kurfew and Juice on the Loose at the Whangarei Fritter Festival on Saturday 29 March at Toll Stadium.
“We are really happy to have Thelonious Punk, Co Lab and Wicked Games joining the great entertainment we already have lined up, said Marketing & Events Manager, Venues & Events Rachel O'Gorman.
“We had an overwhelming response following the announcement of Kora, Ladi6, dDub, Kurfew and Juice on the Loose in early January and with these last three locals acts the atmosphere is going to be buzzing.
“We put the line up together based on a public survey and feedback from those that attended last year’s inaugural festival.
“Kora and Ladi 6 were in the top 10 bands people wanted.
“Apart from wanting the “same as this year”, the most favoured genres were jazz and rhythm and blues which is why we’ve brought in bands such as Thelonious Punk and Juice on the Loose. People also wanted local music again,” Mrs O’Gorman said.
“We had interest from a lot of bands from all over the country wanting to play at Fritter but we said we were trying to showcase local music and they respected that. The whole festival is about trying to promote what we have here to attract visitors to our lovely district for the weekend as well as providing a safe and entertaining food, wine and music festival for the local community.”
Thelonious Punk is a Northland based Modern Jazz group, signed to Whangarei's Rugged records. They have two C.d's of Funk, Latin and Be-bop from the songbooks of Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and the occasional Monk tune.
They have played at the Kerikeri Street party, Northern Wairoa Jazz Fest, Paihia Jazz and Blues Fest, Mangonui Festival, Honey Jam Festival, plus various gigs at Reva's and The Butter Factory in Whangarei.
Co Lab are a local six man reggae band mixed with a bit of everything and all in year 12 and 13. They came second in the 2013 Smoke free Rockquest local competition and recently performed at the Summer Country Rock Music Fest and Christmas Festival. Singer Josh Crawford says they are really looking forward to performing at the Fritter Festival this year with the likes of Kora, Juice on the Loose and Ladi6.
Wicked Games are played by local girl, Rosie Riggir and her talented and local band mates Ben Michelsen, Tim Bell, Matt Shepherd and Rhys Farrand.
They will be performing songs Riggir wrote during escapades in Europe and the US.
Rosie Riggir began her musical career in Whangarei Girls High School band Sub Judice at the age of 14.
"I am thrilled to play Fritter, I have never really played for my hometown!"
Whangarei Fritter Festival
Saturday 29 March 11am-7pm
The programme, site map and menu will be out a week prior to the festival.
Tickets are available from www.eventfinda.co.nz and Forum North Box Office, Rust Avenue, Whangarei. For more information go to www.fritterfestival.co.nz.