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More Music Goodness for Splore 2018

More Music Goodness for Splore 2018

Splore has added a large eclectic group of international and local acts to its already impressive lineup.

Heading the announcement is bona fide UK soul legend Omar. Cited as a favourite by none other than Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, Omar will make his NZ debut at Splore, supported by LA-based NZ musician Mark de Clive Lowe. Their show will entail Omar laying down his instantly recognisable soul vocals and keys with de Clive Lowe building layers of dancefloor beats with a drum machine, live sampling and mixes on-the-fly.

Other internationals announced include UK party provocateur, Barry Ashworth, NYC disco funk pioneer, John Morales, and one of America’s most charismatic country blues acts, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

Promising a swirling groove, rock anthems and weird tropical dance music, NZ band of the moment, Racing will make their debut performance at Splore.

One of New Zealand’s most vital musicians, Kody Neilson, will make his Splore debut on the Main Stage. Evolving from his current Silicon moniker, Kody’s newer work takes in Afrobeat, jazz fusion, Italo Disco,and psychedelic rock while maintaining a commitment to classic songcraft and musicianship.

Fat Freddy’s Iain Gordon and Wellington VJ Mick Finn will create a sonic and visual feast from scratch late at night on Splore’s Main Stage. Their brainchild, Kuki Koori, embraces Iain’s love of machines and warm analogue sounds and Mick’s love of live drawing, painting and animation.

After a stunning album debut performance at Golden Dawn, Auckland band New Telepathics will move up to a big stage and PA at Splore. Rammed with some of NZ’s finest musicians and singers, New Telepathics’ sound embraces afrobeat, punk, dub and the avant-garde.

Other local bands announced include the Raiza Biza, Hopetoun Brown, The Nukes as well as rocksteady supremos AceTones. Sixteen year-old Josh Parker’s project Centuries will also debut in Splore’s Living Lounge.

Live dance acts Clicks (Dick Johnson and Anna Coddington) and Dual will feature on Splore’s DJ stages.

A huge line up of DJ’s and MC’s have also been added. Included are Eastern Bloc, K2K, Eddie Mac (Australia), Imagine This, Cave Circles (Riki Gooch), Logg Cabin, Dubhead, Regrooved Sound System, Ribera, Takas, Dastardly Bounder, Cian, Mr Big Stuff, Pippin, Guy Johnson, Oaariki, Jamie Newman, FJ, Hudge, Lauren Fong, Ethan James and DJ Balkanetic.

The above artists join previously announced acts Dizzee Rascal, Chronixx, Too Many Zooz, Black Milk, Ria Hall, The Nudge, Denmark’s Courtesy and Mamasnake plus Japan’s KAO=S.

Splore’s music director, John Minty, says the festival’s large line up of eclectic acts, spread over five stages, is the key to the unique experience Splorers enjoy each year.

“Most festival attendees may not be familiar with many of the acts booked. They are chosen on their charismatic performances and good musicianship. Festival goers get exposed to sounds they may not normally seek out and this adds to the extraordinary aural experience at Tapapakanga’s beachside setting”.

Minty says attendees come with an open mind and therefore go away with very unique and powerful memories of music, performance and art that moves them profoundly.

Splore 2018 - Key Facts

Website: for all information and tickets

When: Friday 8am 23 February - Sunday 5pm 25 February

Where: Tapapakanga Park, Deerys Road, Orere Point

Thursday entry - a limited number of tickets are available for early entry into the festival. Access is available to the camping grounds only with entertainment programmed in one zone within the camping area.

Ticket prices:

$275 - general admission adult Friday - Sunday

$150 - youth 13-17 years

Children 12 and under Free

General camping is included in GA ticket price.

A range of camping upgrades including glamping are available here

There is ample free camping sites, reserved camping ensures reserved campsite ticket holders with a centrally located campsite no matter what time they arrive onsite.

Reserved camping - $100 + BF Each reserved campsite is eligible to park one (1) vehicle in the adjacent reserved camping car park.
Car passes - $50 + BF. Eligible for a $35 refund if the car contains three or more people.
Splore Express Bus – Get an express bus to Splore $10 each way

Ticketing agent:

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Twitter @splore #splore


About Splore

Splore is a festival of music and arts staged annually at one of the most beautiful festival sites in the world. It is New Zealand owned and operated and has set a benchmark for sustainability and respect.

The site, Tapapapakanga Regional Park, is only an hour from Auckland, but each year "Splorers" travel from all over the globe to enjoy the culture, the vibe – and the wonderful, safe swimming beach only metres from the festival main stage.

Splore's multiple stages feature compelling musicians, singers and DJs from around the world – but it's a place for more than music too. For three days, the site buzzes with performing arts, installations, workshops and forums.

And people. To go to Splore is to be part of Splore. Some Splorers work for months on their habitats in special themed camps, many more on creative costumes for Saturday night. And everyone who sets foot in the park becomes part of the culture: relaxed, positive, friendly – and up for it.

Children are people too, and Splore not only welcomes families but offers a family camping area and a dedicated kids' zone with a full programme of activities and entertainment.

Sustenance at Splore is affordable, varied and delicious, and largely served by vendors who come every year. Food is served in compostable dishes and drinks come in reusable "globelet" cups. Splore was the first NZ festival to stop selling single use plastic bottles, introducing All rubbish is sorted onsite into recycling and composting, minimising waste and ensuring high diversion rates away from landfill. Splore has the other end of proceedings covered too, with purpose-built composting toilets alongside campsites. To further reduce the environmental footprint, revellers are incentivised to carpool and public transport is subsidised. Every year, the mantra is #leavenotrace.

Respect for the land goes hand-in-hand with respect for its original people. At every Splore, international visitors are welcomed with a powhiri on behalf of local iwi.

Like everyone, those visitors tend to be thinking about getting back next year even as they leave. Because there's nowhere like Splore.

Splore is more than a good party. It's a good place in your heart.

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