Splore 2016 – A Summer Odyssey

Written by on October 1, 2015


First artist announcement includes:
Cuban Brothers
* The Correspondents * Waxahatchee
The Reverend Peyton and His Big Damned Band
Dub Pistols
* Tkay Maidza * Jordan Rakei * DJ Sarah Love
* The Supervillains * Tipene * Eno x Dirty * Race Banyon
Splore Tickets on sale now

Calling all wanderers, migrating creatures, cosmonauts & sailors – travelers of all kinds. Pull up your waka at Tapapakanga Park and make this summer’s Splore Festival an unforgettable milestone on your journey. Life’s a trip – it’s an epic odyssey. Splore 2016 is now officially launched and confirmed for the weekend of 19 – 21 February 2016.

Now is a good time to get the gang together and decide if you want to pre-book a reserved campsite, a camper vehicle space or a family zone for you and the kids. Maybe you’ll want to splash out on a super luxe Glamping package. All camping options, parking passes and bus tickets are now available to book.

Saturday Night’s Inaugural Space Odyssey themed Travelers Ball will celebrate coming together to punctuate a shared odyssey through space and time – dress up in formal attire, best spacesuit forward, dress for the golden days of travel. Captain, cosmonaut, sailor, migrating bird.  All travelers are welcome to come to the ball!

Reunite with old friends, meet other travelers, dance in the sunshine and sea and party your pants off at the finest summer festival in Aotearoa. It’s a Summer Odyssey.

Here’s a music line up announcement to help you on your way. In true Splore style we’re thrilled to present an eclectic mix of talented artists from all over the world ready to take the audience at Tapapakanga on a superb musical odyssey. Including five internationals making their NZ debut at Splore Festival, 19- 21 February 2016.

SXSW and Pitchfork indie darling, Waxahatchee, will play Splore on the back of her acclaimed third album, Ivy Tripp. Touring with her live band, Waxahatchee ( aka Katie Crutchfield) will bring her unique style of folk-inflected indie rock to NZ after a successful Australian solo tour earlier this year.

One of America’s most charismatic blues/indie bands, The Reverend Peyton and His Big Damned Band, will play two sets at Splore. A regular at SXSW, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury, The Reverend’s gritty, growling vocals and superlative finger picking guitar style channel blues greats like Charlie Patton and Furry Lewis. The band’s latest album “So Delicious”, went to Number 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart and Number 3 on both Billboard’s Blues Album and Heatseekers charts.

And the UK’s dancefloor-friendly, Dub Pistols will make their first visit to NZ. The super-tight UK festival regular keep winning new fans at Glastonbury and Bestival with their blend of ska, dub and hip hop. Led by the charismatic Barry Ashworth, The Dub Pistols have worked with The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs.

Australia’s most exciting new hip hop talent, Tkay Maidza, will bring her eccentric style and original flow across the ditch next February. Compared favourably to Azealia Banks in style, Tkay has been hyped by Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike, Charli XCX and Mark Ronson. Her recent sold-out gigs in Australia have followed sensational debuts at Brighton’s legendary Great Escape festival and Splendour in the Grass.

Also from Australia, new lo-fi soul sensation, Jordan Rakei, will make his New Zealand debut at Splore. He has garnered a loyal global following with a sound inspired by musical influences including Robert Glasper, Fat Freddys Drop and Roy Ayers.

Adding to the international roster is one of UK’s leading hip hop dj’s, Sarah Love who is described invariably as a “one woman worldwide wrecking ball”.

Local acts announced for Splore so far include Katchafire, The Supervillains, Tipene, Eno x Dirty and Race Banyon.

Back by popular demand and already announced for Splore 2016 are the UK’s Cuban Brothers and The Correspondents. It seems the audience can’t get enough of both these acts as they remain the most consistently requested music acts to bring back.

John Minty, Splore’s Music and Festival Director says “Splore 2016 will be another eclectic music event with an emphasis on hand-picked charismatic acts. Combined with innovative art and roving performers, Splore continues to enhance its reputation as a world-class creative festival experience.”

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