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Splore 2018 - Mystical, Magical, Marvellous Mayhem!

Mystical. Magical. Mysterious. Mind-Bending. Marvellous. Mayhem!

For Splore 2018, we are excited to bring you ‘The Temple of the Midnight Mantra’; Splore Festival’s legendary Saturday night dress-up Cabaret Party! Whatever your ritual to prepare for a night out, whatever your mantra may be, ours is to bring to you, the freakiest fun, the most outrageous artistes, the most incredible cabaret you may ever see.

Hosted by the extraordinary Lizzie Tollemache, ‘Miss Tique’ is modern-day carnival freakshow queen. Looks can deceive with this whip-cracking, face-hammering, chain-escaping, snake-throated lady.

Empress Stah, enigma and superstar, flies in from London with a performance never seen before on this side of the planet. Art? Circus? Insane stunt? You decide. Having appeared with Cirque Du Soleil and Dita von Teese, Empress Stah now returns to Splore with her outrageous ‘Laser Butt-Plug’ act. Collaborating with Peaches on the track ‘Light in Places’, see the world’s only laser-ass light show from the woman who shines from the inside out.

With an incredible line-up of acts including Christopher Olwage, Jair and Jess Ramirez, Dynamotion, Flow Academy and Dust Palace, The Temple of the Midnight Mantra crosses borders, boundaries, genders and genres. Stay on late for a raucous after-cabaret party with the UK’s Barry Ashworth of Dub Pistols to keep your knees up ‘til the early hours.

Throughout the Festival site over the weekend, weird, wonderful, fun and ridiculous acts and installations will catch you off-guard. Dynamotion, 3 Ring Riot, Superhero Secondline to name just a few. Watch out for Friday night in the Living Lounge; sitting between a seriously cool music line-up, we present two hour-long shows; ‘Sugarman’ by Colombia’s Jair Ramirez’ and the hilarious ‘D.I.S.C.O’ by Dynamotion.

Once again we intend to infuse the entire Festival with extraordinary merriment and spectacle, exploring the ‘Mystic Ritual’ theme, creating a vibe and energy that inspires us as much as it inspires you.

Music Artists and Performance acts announced so far include:

Dizzee Rascal



Too Many Zooz

Black Milk

RIA Hall



The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band


Kody Nielson


Raiza Biza


John Morales

My Baby

Barry Ashworth

The Nudge

Aroha & Tali

Mama Snake

Lady Flic

Frank Booker

Marcelinho Da Lua

Eastern Bloc

Hopetoun Brown

Kuki Koori

New Telepathics



Greg Churchill

Lady Flic


Eddie Mac

Manuel Bundy

Dylan C

Logg Cabin

Cave Circles

Imagine This



Dastardly Bounder


Regrooved Sound System

The Acetones

Bobby Brazuka


Mr Big Stuff

Jamie Newman


Lauren Fong


Guy Johnson

Ethan James

The Nukes

DJ Balkanetic



Lizzie Tollemache

Empress Stah

Christopher Olwage

Jair and Jess Ramirez


Flow Academy

Dust Palace

3 Ring Riot

Superhero Secondline


• General admission adult festival ticket: $275 (includes general camping)

• Youth ticket 13-17: $150

• Children: Free

Camping upgrades are available – reserved and glamping options on sale at

Festival Location: One hour from Auckland’s CBD - Deerys Rd, Orere Point


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, Tapapakanga 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, art 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 water in 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, revelers 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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