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Saturday, 9 December 2017 - Gates open 4.00pm & starts 5.00pm
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Whangarei Fritter Festival 2016 full line up announcement


Venues and Events Whangarei are proud to announce a stellar line up for the 2016 Fritter Festival that promises to be an unforgettable day held on Saturday 19 March at Toll Stadium in Whangarei.

“Aotearoa’s favourite roots reggae band Katchafire will be headlining the festival, along with the legendary Jordan Luck band plus one of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists/ producers Tiki Taane and classic 70s and funk fusion inspired band Hipstamatics”, says Marketing and Events Manager Rachel O’Gorman. “Local support will be provided by performances from Otium, 5K, The Gold Cloaks and The Avenues.”

Katachafire has recently rolled in fresh from a huge “Summer High” tour since early July in Europe, over to USA, back to Europe, down to Hawaii, further down under to Australia in September and back to New Zealand for some killer shows at home, blazing up dance floors and selling out venues across the country.

The boys are feeling re-inspired after all the recent changes, travels, adventures and experiences. They have some sweet and spicy new tunes to start delivering and sharing with the world although the next few months will be at home in NZ focusing on studio time and new tunes, as well as some shows and festivals.

The Jordan Luck Band is the new super deluxe Frankenstein incarnation backing the iconic kiwi singer. As front man and pop-writing genius with the legendary Exponents, Jordan Luck clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with ‘Victoria’ recently voted by the public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time and stadium favourite ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ a song that has taken on the mantle as New Zealand’s alternative ‘unofficial’ national anthem. Every gig, the band play the best of all those iconic tracks we know and love as well as a collection of recently penned and possible future stadium sing-a-longs of tomorrow.

Tiki Taane is considered a pioneer in the NZ music scene, first rising to prominence as a live engineer and eventually front man of leading band Salmonella Dub in 1996 before embarking on his solo career in 2007. His self produced debut solo release ‘Past Present Future’ achieved double platinum sales and picked up a swag of NZ Music awards. His beautiful acoustic love ballad ‘Always On My Mind’ rose to #1 and broke two all-time NZ records – it sat in the charts for a record 55 weeks and was also the first-ever digital single to achieve platinum sales. In July 2009, Tiki released his remix album ‘FLUX’ and in March 2011 his album ‘In the World Of Light’ which rose immediately to #1 in the charts. In 2013 he released his live album ‘With Strings Attached’, and is currently working on his fifth solo album due for release in 2016.

Tiki has produced multi-platinum singles and albums, not only for himself but for top NZ artists such as Salmonella Dub, The Adults (Shihad), Six60 and long time friends Shapeshifter, for whom he’s been their exclusive live sound engineer since 1999.

10 piece line up Hipstamatics now a household name in the live music community in New Zealand, has gone through many changes over the years but has slowly built up its stellar crew with an incredible feat of credentials to back their amazing talents. In the last year Hipstamatics have been focusing their efforts on creating original music with the distinct flavour that makes the Hipstamatics sound that it is today.

“Some of our most popular and talented local bands will top of an already outstanding line up that will create the perfect summer festival atmosphere whether you want to dance to the music or  sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty fritter and glass of wine amongst friends,” says Rachel O’Gorman. “Five piece Whangarei based group Otium who proved popular at last year’s Ocean Beats festival will be there on the day producing a fusion of genres that include classic rock, dark reggae, psychedelic and pop.  Joining them will be 5K who are on a mission to give you nothing but a good time. If you want to party, dance and sing the day away, then don’t miss this band.. They play the classic pop/rock songs you know and love, including many of the Kiwi and Aussie songs that are the soundtrack to our lives. Energetic and good vibes band The Gold Cloaks will also be performing at the Fritter Festival, just try not to tap your foot to their tunes. Completing the line up is The Avenues, a duo who recently opened for Anika Moa in Whangarei performing originals they co-wrote with a mixture of acoustics styles influenced by folk, blues and rock. The Band was formed in their Central Ave flat in Whangarei, hence the name The Avenues.”

The line up of top New Zealand and local artists at the food, wine and music festival, in its fourth year and continuing to grow in popularity, will compliment a wide range of delicious fritters for the public to indulge in created and prepared by some of the top local restaurants and cafes and fine wine from across the region.

Tickets will be available for sale on 11 November from Eventfinda and Forum North Box Office where people can also buy bus tickets to the festival.