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This Waitangi Day - Groove in the Park 2008

Get your Groove on this Waitangi Day at Groove in the Park 2008!

Get your Groove on with thousands of other music loving people at New Zealand’s biggest Waitangi day Music Festival event on February 6th at Groove in the Park - Western Springs Stadium. Pack your picnic basket but don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes because the line up will see you grooving the day away until sun down!

This year event promoters Ricky Newby and Myken Stewart have invested a greater budget into the development of Groove in the Park and plan to create an even bigger music festival type event. More emphasis will be put into production which includes better staging, a top notch musical line up with massive headlining acts and more general entertainment for around the festival.

“We want Groove in the Park 2008 to have a really big Kiwi Festival feel to it. That means more efforts will be made towards a bigger musical line up, better on site resources especially for families and more money will be put towards additional elements such as alternative entertainment, exciting rides for children, community involvements and entertainment,” says Newby.

As well as a spectacular musical line up there will be a greater selection of entertainment, international foods, community arts and fashion. Plus this year children are fully catered for at Groove in the Park 2008 with a massive range of children’s rides and specially designed entertainment and activity areas. Our dedicated children’s stage and children’s supervisors are all in place to ensure that children have a fun and safe experience at the event. All children under 12 years old will receive free entry if accompanied by an adult.

Gates open at 11.00am so get there early to secure your favourite spot in the sun, and relax the day away because the party goes until 8.00pm in the evening.

A new eco-friendly policy is in place for Groove in the Park 2008 which sees recycling of all glass and plastic after the event and a conscious minimization of paper waste and litter. You can help by only bring essential day time items on site to Groove in the Park and by being a tidy Kiwi and taking your rubbish home.

Earlybird tickets are $25 + booking fee and are available from Thursday November 29th from or Real Groovy Stores.

Entry to the event is from Stadium Road through the main Western Spring Stadium entry gates. Please view the attached map.

Keep checking the Groove in the Park website for chances to win tickets, hotel accommodation and other great prizes! Plus get information on all the big music festival acts and event updates.

The Line Up

Headlining the festival event is legendary Kiwi band Supergroove who has reunited after 10 years for a select few events and will be blowing away the Groove in the Park audience 2008 as the big act of the day! The crowd will go wild with 90’s mega hits like “you gotta know” “sitting inside my head” and “can’t get enough”. This iconic New Zealand band sees members Che Fu, Joe Lonie, Tim Stewart, Ben Sciascia, Ian Jones, Nick Atkinson and Karl Steven back on stage again in this rare performance.

Sweedish house music producer DJ Axwell has been described as “the world’s biggest DJ right now” and is coming to New Zealand to play Groove in the Park 2008! Axwell has worked with industry legends such as Robbie Riviera, Pete Tong, Little Louie Vega and fellow Swede - Steve Angello. This huge international DJ is at the cutting edge of dance music around the world, with recent remixes including mega-tracks such as “World Hold On” (Bob Sinclair), “Promiscuous” (Nelly Furtardo), “Let it go” (Dirty South), “I feel for you” (Bob Sinclair) and “Music Matters” (Faithless). This London based DJ is currently one of the worlds hottest DJ’s and his explosive crowd pleasing style will make Groove in the Park 2008 an event to remember.

A summertime treat sees our favourite expatriate Nathan Haines and his musical entourage back from the UK and setting the daytime tone with some fresh summer grooves. At the forefront of jazz and electronica music - in the past year Haines has toured in the UK supporting the Beastie Boys and recorded his new album "Right Now". While in the UK Haines has collaborated with renowned international artists like British rapper TY, Soul Legend and Squire for Hire vocalist Marlena Shaw. The UK band features Vanessa Freeman & Mike Patto from the UK

“TV Rock” feat Seany B is made up of dynamic Melbourne duo (Grant Smillie and Ivan Gough) along with MC Seany B. They will perform all together for the first time in New Zealand at Groove in the Park 2008. In 2006 TV Rock burst into the music scene with their catchy #1 smash hit “Flaunt it” with Seany B. The track won the highest selling single and best dance release at the Aria Awards 2006 which was the biggest selling track in Australia that year! “Flaunt it” saw night clubs around the world pumping with the catchy electro sound and daring lyrics. Since the big hit they’ve released their first album “Sunshine City”, and track “The Others” which reached number one on the Australian Dance Chart.

One of New Zealand’s fastest growing groups - Opensouls will wow Western Springs Stadium with their fresh Kiwi sounds combining a blend of hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz and blues. The Auckland collective is made up of 2 vocalists, M.C. Bjorn Petersen and singer Tyra Hammond, and a live band including Jeremy Toy a.k.a. Ota (guitar/MPC), Julien Dyne (drums), Chip Mathews (bass), Steph Brown (keys), Scott Towers (saxophone), Isaac Aesili (trumpet/vocals) and Harlin Davey a.k.a. DJ Buttafingers (turntables).

Plus enjoy performances from Tama Waipara who is fresh from his travels in New York. Waipara will execute the latest blend of New Zealand jazz meets international funk, perfect for a summers day!

Crowd pleasers Once Were DJ’s (Dave Hull, General Lee, Tu Neil and Thane Kirby) also make an appearance on the Groove in the Park main stage. They plan to get the party amped up playing favourite artists such as Guns 'n Roses, Run DMC, The Rapture and Groove Armada.


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