11:00am - 12:15pm
Christof van der Ven (UK) and Jed Parsons (NZ) join forces from opposite sides of the globe to bring the ‘Together At Last’ tour to every corner of New Zealand.
Somehow finding time between his busy touring schedule as a member of leading UK band Bear’s Den, and his own solo shows playing alongside the likes of Bon Iver and The Staves, Christof van der Ven is bringing his alternative folk all the way down to NZ. He joins 2018 IMNZ Debut Release of the Year nominee Jed Parsons, who, in his relatively short indie-pop career, is already settling into the dizzying heights of people saying “oh yeah, I think I’ve heard him before”.
Since having both released their debut albums in 2018, between them Christof and Jed have clocked up over 10 million streams online, toured to all corners of the world and played at major festivals – Jed having appeared on stage at Auckland City Limits and Electric Avenue; Christof at Glastonbury among many others.
Throughout January, they will play 14 shows across the country from secret house concerts to popular venues and festivals. Jed Parsons is promoting his brand new single ‘Playstation & Porn (releasing on January 24th), while Christof van der Ven continues to tour his latest incredible album ‘You Were The Place’ released in 2019.
Together At Last, they will melt hearts.
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Michael Barker formed blues & roots band Swamp Thing in 2010 . To date Swamp Thing has recorded & released three studio albums ‘ Balladeer ‘ 2012, ‘ Primordium ‘ 2014 and ‘ Rumors & Lies ‘ 2017.
Michael’s musical pedigree as a multi-instrumentalist comes through in his work with The John Butler Trio, Split Enz, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, The Black Sorrows, Alex Lloyd, Vika & Linda Bull to name a few.
Brett Adams guitar extraordinaire joins Barker for Meatstock 2020, Adams a world class guitar player and vocalist works with Tami Neilson, Tim Finn, The Bads and 80’s legends The Mockers.
Swamp Thing make a sound that reaches deep into the primordial swamp of roots music.
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Lord Echo is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer and DJ whose music imagines a world where reggae and rocksteady rub shoulders with Latin music, disco, African soul and techno.
His production aesthetic keeps a firm grasp on the DJs need for quality sound material but never strays far from the ever popular sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, which he has put half a lifetime into absorbing. This combination of imagination and technical mastery of all but forgotten sound techniques have allowed him to craft a sound that is instantly recognisable, even in todays over saturated world of music.
Currently performing as a six piece live band, they have performed at Asagiri Jam Japan, Wonderfruit Thailand, WOMAD NZ, Adelaide Festival, Shanghai JZ Festival and numerous other shows around the globe.
4:15pm - 5:15pm
Formed out of the ashes from one of Auckland’s most musically-creative hubs, Yoko-Zuna have in two short years established themselves as one of the most exciting acts in New Zealand. With their combination of unique electronic and hip-hop compositions, and a live show which is rarely bettered, Yoko-Zuna is an act with talent to burn.
With the release of their debut album, This Place Here, in 2015, Yoko-Zuna announced themselves to the greater music scene with an album showcasing a sound which hasn’t been previously seen in NZ – sub-electronic frequencies, melodic moments, and immense bass-synth-fuelled drops. The album combined Yoko-Zuna’s unique instrumental sound with some of the country’s most talented vocalists including David Dallas, Bailey Wiley, Melodownz and Team Dynamite, and in turn created a huge queue of willing collaborators.
Not willing to rest on their laurels, May 2016 saw Yoko-Zuna release the Luminols EP, 5 tracks which not only continues to fulfil the promise of their amazing live shows, but also show new depth and versatility to the band’s song-writing abilities. Featuring some of NZ’s biggest vocalists in P-Digsss (Shapeshifter), Laughton Kora and Tom Scott (HomeBrew, @peace), along with the fresh talents of Lukan Rai$ey, HEAVY and Randa, the EP shows a band infusing the genres of electronic/hip-hop with their own inimitable sound.
2017 saw the band roll all across New Zealand including performances at Rhythm and Vines, Northern Bass, Splore, Soundsplash and Homegrown festivals and debuting at Australia’s Big Sound Festival in Brisbane. Yoko-Zuna are set to release their up-coming second album in early 2018. Featuring collaborations with a concoction of new artists including, P-Money, Raiza Biza & Milloux.
5:45pm - 7:00pm
‘The Relatives are a contemporary, energetic band based in Wellington.
Covering all your favourite hits from many decades their expansive repertoire will have everybody from four to eighty-four off their chairs and dancing all night.
Along with their song selection, musicianship, showmanship and attention to detail The Relatives deliver an exciting, fun, and upbeat performance.
Expect to hear popular tunes from artists like The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Mumford and Sons, George Ezra, Bon Jovi, Walk The Moon, Journey and many popular artists spanning generations.’