Festival Hub

Come early, stay late, or just come and hang out in the festival hub, where you’ll be treated to a great free line up of musicians, roving performances, market days, and installations, alongside a great range of food and drink options. Weekday evenings at the hub start from 5pm; weekend days and nights start from 10am and finish late.

Aotearoa Experience curate a night showcasing some of our local Maaori traditional and contemporary performing artists.  The programme includes:  Adam Whauwhau (acoustic Maaori guitarist & singer), Te Pou o Mangataawhiri (senior Kapa Haka group representing Turangawaewae Marae) and Urban Drift (a trio of Maaori musicians singing all the great party songs from the decades, intertwined with Te Ao Maaori).

Ivy Blue: straight out of Te Aroha, Ivy Blue is a unique talent who has graced many a stage around the Waikato. Looking for Alaska (from 7pm) offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre. “From upbeat, toe-tapping hooks to warm, wistful harmonies, Looking For Alaska is hard to get out of your head, and for good reason.” – Natasha Thompson, The Gisborne Herald

5.30pm – Kabala are a Hamilton-based duo that perform authentic Hungarian music, influenced by their own backgrounds.

9pm – Carnivorous Plant Society

Carnivorous Plant Society tell stories through music guaranteed to melt your mind in the most pleasurable way. Led by trumpet and keyboard player Finn Scholes, they coax life from an astounding array of instruments – trumpets, violin, vibraphone, tuba, guitar, synthesizers, keyboards, bass, drums, even the odd vocal and some whistling.

Mexican mariachi mixes with spaghetti western; flavours of futuristic sci-fi blend with bizarre, spine-chilling nuances drawn from Stephen King novels.

“shining, uplifting delight” – John Campbell

“an exotic, cinematic sound of their own, full of rich instrumental flourishes and characterful phrases” – Lydia Jenkin, Time Out

 

10am – 4pm: During the day, Aotearoa Experience are back with a pop up village full of artists, music, performance and a range of other Māori experiences.

10.30am – 12noon and 1.30pm – 3pm: Doing Pennants: a perennial Festival favourite, come and add your pedal power or show us your sewing prowess on the the cycle powered sewing machine and help create a giant pennant installation.

11am – 4pm: Carp Diem is a street art installation by public art team Struan Ashby & Erica Duthie of Tape Art NZ. They will transform a section of the hub into a mystical fish-pond waterscape. Using recycled PVC and tape drawn directly onto the pavement, oversized fantastical fish will lead pedestrians to wend their way through the lily pads in search of surprises lurking half hidden amidst the rippled water.

8.30pm: Parabola West is an artist who cuts straight to the heart with her crystal vocals and layered melodies. Drawing inspiration from Nordic folk roots, electronica, and organic sounds, this Raglan-based artist is evolving into a soundscape storyteller.

10.30am – 12noon and 1.30pm – 3pm: Doing Pennants: a perennial Festival favourite, come and add your pedal power or show us your sewing prowess on the the cycle powered sewing machine and help create a giant pennant installation.

11am – 4pm: Grooves in the Garden brings together some of the city’s top DJs and a range of record sellers for a combined market day and dance party. Bring your cash and pick up a vinyl treasure!

5.30pm – 7.30pm: The Mira Lacey Ensemble present their sophisticated styles for a Sunday jazz treat. The Mira Lacey Ensemble features the exquisite alto voice of Mira Lacey, backed by some fine jazz musicians, and who play some of the best music of the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, including songs recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Julie London, Blossom Dearie, June Christy, Astrud Gilberto and many other fine jazz vocalists. Songs by contemporary artists Norah Jones and Melody Gardot are also included in Mira’s repertoire.

Out of the Blues are NZ’s leading proponents of Nu-Blues, a 21st century style, reworked style of blues. Four highly accomplished musicians from around the globe perform re-engineered classics for the modern audiences, while paying full respect to the rich traditions of the genre.

Rhodeworks are an award winning bluegrass folk band that play fast paced, high energy folk music, presenting a set of traditional and well loved bluegrass alongside their original material.

4.30pm – The New Zealand Youth Choir is coming to Hamilton for one performance only. Known to deliver a spine-tingling, entertaining and engaging programme, a concert by the New Zealand Youth Choir is a glorious experience. The 50-strong choir performs a colourful repertoire; from music of the South Pacific, New Zealand Folk Songs and Māori action songs, to traditional choral works.

4.30pm, 6pm and 7.15pm: Circus, Sea Shanties and Shenanigans with The Drunken Sailors; hopefully no men overboard as they set sail for a raucous and wild trip.

5.30pm – 7.30pm: Some like-minded souls got together in 2016 with a passion for classic funk, soul and hip-hop. What came from that was Funk Therapy; some of the funkiest music you’ll hear on your block.

10.30am – 12noon and 1.30pm – 3pm: Doing Pennants: a perennial Festival favourite, come and add your pedal power or show us your sewing prowess on the the cycle powered sewing machine and help create a giant pennant installation.

12noon, 1.30pm, 3pm: Circus, Sea Shanties and Shenanigans with The Drunken Sailors; hopefully no men overboard as they set sail for a raucous and wild trip.

1.30pm: Ukulele Jam: Dust off your uke, bring it along and join in with the uke jam! Music provided, you just need to bring yourself and your instrument.

4.30pm: Nick’s Britches: a 12 piece women’s acapella group singing their own arrangements of pop songs you’ll know well. All day: Roving performers from the Free Lunch Street Theatre Company

5.30pm – 7.30pm: Mufasa Mufasa are rapidly building a following as one of the Waikato’s premiere party bands with their fresh takes on the classics.

3pm: The multi-award winning Waikato Rivertones are sure to delight with their exquisite harmonies.

10.30am – 12noon and 1.30pm – 3pm: Doing Pennants: a perennial Festival favourite, come and add your pedal power or show us your sewing prowess on the the cycle powered sewing machine and help create a giant pennant installation.

12noon, 1.30pm, 3pm: Circus, Sea Shanties and Shenanigans with The Drunken Sailors; hopefully no men overboard as they set sail for a raucous and wild trip.

All day: Roving performers from the Free Lunch Street Theatre Company

5.30pm – 7.30pm: The Mike Garner Duo. Mike Garner is one of NZ’s most respected blues musicians; for this night he’ll present a special duo performance.

The Pacific Crystal Palace spiegeltent is located on Governor’s Lawn. Enter the Gardens via Gate 2, and turn right onto the grass carpark. The spiegeltent is towards Cobham Drive Bridge. There will be plenty of volunteers in orange t-shirts to point you in the right direction.

Our volunteers will be highly visible in bright orange tshirts. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction when you arrive on site.

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