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Smashproof to Play Parihaka Festival

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Wednesday 9 December 2010

Smashproof to Play Parihaka International Peace Festival

As organisers count down the final weeks to the fifth Parihaka International Peace Festival, they have confirmed more acts in the latest announcement.

Smashproof will be performing on the Sunday night in what will be the South Auckland group’s biggest gig to date. The trio, who have just returned from an Australian tour, smashed a long-standing record for a New Zealand act in May of this year when their single, "Brother" celebrated eleven consecutive weeks at number one.

Group member Young Sid said yesterday, "Playing at Parihaka is a great honour. The people of Parihaka would be the most humble in this world. They are the creators of non-violent action and they've been through more than most people can imagine in the last 150 years – confiscated land, imprisonment, poverty, the list goes on.

We are very proud to be involved in the Parihaka International Peace Festival.”

Other acts announced yesterday included Te Kupu & MC Wiya, the Brian Hatcher Band, Dread Rock, Grove Roots, Morgana Watson, the Smiles, and Tihikura Hohaia. They join an already stellar line-up that includes The Bellbirds, Fat Freddy's Drop, Herbs Unplugged, House of Shem, Moana & The Tribe, Tikii Taane & The Dub Soldiers, and SJD, plus over 30 other acts.

Other festival activities confirmed yesterday are the return of Stephen Taberner, the acclaimed Australian-based choirmaster who will again organise and rehearse the Parihaka Festival Choir, and Toru Wha, the Parihaka Ukelele band.

Tickets for the festival, held at the historic pa in South Taranaki, are selling steadily and are available at

Parihaka International Peace Festival 2010

Parihaka Pa

South Taranaki

Thursday 7 January – Monday 11 January


Alan Manu Band
The Aviators
Bella Kalolo
The Bellbirds
Benka Borodovsky Bordello Band
Big Belly Woman
Billy TK & Powerhouse
Brian Hatcher Band
Bryce Wastney
Cornerstone Roots
Dread Beat
Departure Lounge
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Frank John & Erin Manu
Harbour City Electric
Grove Roots
Herbs Unplugged
The Hot Grits
House Of Shem
The Julian Temple Band
King Kapisi

The Kingites
L. A. Mitchell
Ladi 6
The Lewis McCallum Orchestra
Moana & The Tribe
Morgana Watson
Native Sons
Paint It Black
Parihaka Festival Choir
Rio Hunuki Hemopo
Sacha Vee
The Smiles
Te Kupu & MC Wiya
Te Pou o Mangataawhiri
Tihikura Hohaia
Tiki Taane & the Dub Soldiers
Tommy & The Fallen Horses
Toru Wha Ukelele Band


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