Sunday, August 14, 2011

Splore lineup

Splore Festival returns to the beach next year, February 17-19. Their first lineup announcement has some tasty acts...

Gappy Ranks
The Barons of Tang
Shortee Blitz
Earl Gateshead (Trojan Sound System)
Tiki Taane’s acoustic show
The Yoots (Hopepa of Fat Freddys)
Lord Echo and His Melodies (Mike Fab of the Black Seeds)
A Hori Buzz
The Nudge

Tickets, info from Early bird tickets have already sold out, 2nd tier tickets on sale now. $185 plus booking fee from

More info on the acts from the Splore peeps...

Gappy Ranks
One of Britain’s hottest reggae/dancehall artists ,  Gappy Ranks is set to give Splore attendees a heady mixture of seductive reggae and hip shaking dancehall grooves. Gappy has worked with US rapper Twista and UK MC Lethal B plus producers the Kray Twinz.  It will be their first time to New Zealand.

Earl Gateshead
A London pioneer of reggae soundsystems Earl ‘s DJ lineage goes back to the late seventies in Brixton and later Soho and East London clubs where he worked alongside Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, Adrian Sherwood and Bobby Digital. The selector for the Trojan Sound System juggernaut Earl returns to Splore to deliver a delightful dose of conscious, positive reggae music.

Shortee Blitz
Those who caught Shortee’s blistering party set at Splorecity in February will know what Shortee will bring to the beach at Splore 2012. Shortee Blitz is a UK hip hop legend … MOBO award winner, dj to the stars’ own private parties and host of London Kiss FM’s seminal hip hop show since 1994, Shortee will have you dancing like its hot at Splore’s Jagermeister DJ Stage this summer.

Splore welcomes the return of  Aotearoa’s favourite son to the Main Stage for an acoustic set with special backing from Optimus Gryme. Yes, you guessed it. .. a heady mix of beautiful ballads and some soaring bass-backed vocals from the crowd-pleasing Tiki Taane. Probably no NWA covers though … sorry.

The Yoots
The Yoots will be bringing their summer magic to Splore next February. The invention of  flamboyant Fat Freddy’s Drop trombonist Hopepa (aka Jo Lindsay)  and ten of his close muso mates who will be skanking out some classic Maori tunes for the Splore massive to sing along to. Think  calypso-ska waiata with a dose of country soul.... by the beach. Tu meke!

First time to New Zealand for an exclusive show at Splore this world class Australia duo are accomplished musicians who bring great electronic beats and hip hop to life with a touch of Cuban-influenced rhythms. Hermitude’s innovative show will endear you forever to our cuzzies over the ditch.

Barons of Tang
Leaving a swathe of dancehall destruction on their first NZ tour earlier this year this Melbourne muso collective are returning to play their high energy mash-up of tango, rockabilly, metal and gypsy funk.  If you haven’t experienced this irrepressible musical juggernaut grab your friends at Splore and dance like a dervish.

Lord Echo and His Melodies
Lord Echo and His Melodies will make their Auckland debut at Splore 2012. Presenting the debut "Melodies"  album the band includes three sets of brothers - Sam and Jo Lindsay, Dan and Chris Yeabsley and of course Lord Echo and his dear brother Danny Pash. Also involved are Toby 'Clubba' Laing, Riki 'Daddy' Gooch, and Lucien 'I hate the Beatles' Johnson. With special guest singer Jennifer Betancourt on hand to recreate the sublime melodies you know and love.

The debut performance at Splore will be the first taste Aucklanders will have to savour a rustic mix of Disco-Reggae-Latin-Afrobeat silliness. In reality, 'Melodies' represents the better part of a decade’s sweat and toil from Black Seeds guitarist and producer Mike Fabulous.

The Nudge
The Wellington three piece led by Ryan Prebble that is gaining an enthusiastic following from their blistering live shows. This is cosmic blues and roots music at its best. Hendrix and Blind Lemon Jefferson anyone?

The new project from Aaron Tokona (Weta, Cairo Knife Fight and Bongmaster)  with Hori and Nick Gaffeney laying down a mean rhythm section. The Wellington trio head to Splore to inflict its free-wheeling brand of funk and soul.

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