11:45am - 12:45pm
Wellington’s based indie-rock artist ‘Sofia Machray’ will have you dancing with the daisies, stretching out over moody rockers and soft-burning hooks. Machray made a name for herself performing various shows around NZ and opening for indie-rock acts such as Racing. While studying music in Wellington she met guitarist Robbie Pattinson, who joined her alongside drummer Anna Wild and bassist Alfie Parvin to complete her lineup. Her sound shares similarities with indie legends such as Daughter, Middle Kids and Snail Mail but with notable differences.
Being unmatched in her sonic field Sofia is an electric master of the sing-songwriter gone rouge. The quality of instrumentation mixed with Machray’s uniquely raw vocal style evokes emotion within listeners allowing them to relate and reminisce with songs that are timeless. Machray has truly hit the ground running, releasing her vibrant debut single ‘Handstands’ in 2020 which went on to top the alternative charts up and down Aotearoa.
1:15pm - 2:15pm
One of NZ’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Anna Coddington is known for her enchanting live performances & voice which “flows perfectly from soft to grunty”.
After completing a Master’s Degree in Linguistics to go alongside a second-dan Karate black belt, Coddington released two critically acclaimed albums, The Lake and Cat & Bird. Both have seen her tour the country and play some of NZ’s largest festivals. Her work on these albums was described as “…captivating, creative, thoughtful, harmonious and sophisticated… It’s an album of superb lyrical imagery”.
Her third release, Luck/Time, saw Coddington at the peak of her abilities, both as a songwriter and musician. Showcasing all the strengths and experiences acquired over her career, Luck/Time featured pop sounds with tinges of indie, disco, and yacht-rock thrown in. Since the release of her Luck/Time, Coddington performed with the likes of Fly My Pretties, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Blackbird Ensemble & more.
Coddington’s fourth album, Beams, is set for release this November. With an approach of ruthless self-expression, this album sees Coddington dive into the personal to draw out the universal. Leaning into her indie sensibilities, while maintaining a pop edge, Beams sees Coddington exploring her place in the world across 10 tracks as a mother, musician, Māori & human being.
She has been a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll Award four times, with late-2020 set to see the debut of a new live show to accompany the new material.
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Singer/songwriter Miles Calder delivers cutting lyrics with an expressive voice. A few years since the last outings with former backing band The Rumours, Miles has emerged with a revived sound, fresh songs and a new band. His new self-reflective songs move from understated folk-rock to swirling psychedelia, evoking early 70s Lennon as much as contemporaries like Kevin Morby or Father John Misty.
Newly acquainted with writing and playing on both piano and electric guitar, the previously acoustic-guitar bound songwriter has found new avenues of expression, and as Miles puts it, “effective raw ideas that come from riding the edge of your comfort zone”.
Miles will be joined by his 5-piece band, including long-time collaborators Nick George (drums) and Steve Moodie (bass), along with electrifying recruits Chris Armour (guitars) and Dayle Jellyman (synths, electric piano). The new live band show ranges from urgent chomping rocknroll to floating atmospheric ballads.
4:15pm - 5:15pm
Well known for his hypnotic and original One man and his Ghost Orchestra show, enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Delaney Davidson both defines and commands his own unique realm in the shadowy musical world some call ‘Country-Noir’ or ‘Gothic Americana’.
Country music Artist of the year 2020, NZ Arts Foundation Laureate Recipient 2015, Winner of the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards Country Album of the Year, Three-time winner of the APRA New Zealand Country Music Song Of The Year, 2012, 2013, 2014, Voodoo Rhythm One Man Band World Champion Zurich 2011, Saddest Song World Champion Berlin 2010.
His work also extends into production notably Troy Kingi’s Folk Album, Tami Neilson’s breakthrough album Dynamite and his seminal work with Marlon Williams and his Sad But True Album series. He has worked with Harry Lyon, Barry Saunders, Bruce Russell, and continues to search for the challenge and adventure in both music and his own expression.
Singer-Songwriter, Noir Protagonist, Promotional Coyote, One-Man Band, Production Svengali. Part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman, one foot on the stage and one in the road. Nine solo albums out and always one on the way. Over fifteen years of tireless touring across oceans and continents. Awards here. Collaborations there. A non-stop whirlwind.
His inspirations range from Hank Williams and Howlin’ Wolf to The Birthday Party, from Johnny Cash through Suicide to Buster Keaton. Revelling in the darker side of things, Davidson’s lyrical content dredges up classic murder ballads, songs with a deep insight into the human condition, and hypnotic trance takes on old blues classics. All liberally laced with an abiding sympathy for human quirks, failure, foibles and triumphs. His rumpled stage persona combines an unconventional and unforgettable voice with a wry and twisted sense of humour.
5 Stars – Independent, UK
One of New Zealand’s Best songwriters – Brett Sparks, Handsome Family
Sublime Raw and Original – Blues and Soul Magazine, Uk
Familiar yet properly outsider, modern yet somehow classic- Examiner USA
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.