Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc

is a not-for-profit group set up last
century to promote Kiwi music.

Next festival: TUKI 2018

Saturday 10th February, 2018

On the music educational side of things,
is scheduled for May 2019.

Have a brilliant year full of music
and we’ll see you soon . . .

until Rippon
2014 Line Up

11.00 amMihi Whakatau
11.10 amEstere
11.55 amThe Digg
12.45 pmMyele Manzanza & The Eclectic
1.40 pmKody Nielson
2.45 pmDie! Die! Die!
3.40 pmBrockaflowersaurus-Rex & The Blueberry Biscuits
4.40 pmThe Phoenix Foundation
5.30 pmSunshine Sound System
5.50 pmHomeBrew
7.00 pmLadi6
8.15 pmFat Freddy's Drop
9.40 pmDJ Reno
10.05 pmElecric Wire Hustle ft Ria Hall
11.00 pmSome Other Planets
11.35 pmPeacekeepers
12.05 amArma Del Amor
12.25 amFinish

And on the Rippon Hall stage:

11.40 amDanny Fairley ft Martine Harding
12.25 pmZoe Moon
1.25 pmJesse Sheehan
2.25 pmThomas Oliver
3.20 pmWarren Maxwell

Our wizzbo MCs Anika Moa, P Digsss and KPz link up all the audio goodness. Click each band pic for more info.




But wait - there's more!

For those who have a GoldMember ticket (R18), in the Rippon Hall during the breaks on the main stage you can enjoy performances from Warren Maxwell, Jesse Sheehan, Thomas Oliver, Zoe Moon , and Danny Fairley. (See below for more info).

Also on the main stage, with more mojo than Miley's wrecking ball and more chutzpah than a randy chihuahua Estere
and her trusty MPC Lola will be kickstarting the Rippon 2014 stage, for some funked-up electronica. This is a set you do not want to miss.

A Rippon without our favourite MCs P Digsss-Peacekeeper and KPz just ain't really a Rippon. Sunshine Sound System, Ria Hall, Arma Del Amor, Peacekeepers, Anika Moa and DJ Reno (Pacific Heights, Shapeshifter) are our special guests.

Thomas Oliver
Internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-slide guitar, we are delighted to welcome Thomas to the Rippon Hall stage. Too beautiful for words. . .
Jesse Sheehan
Aotearoa's own Ryan Adams/Jeff Buckley blended with something solely Sheehan, Jesse's recent EP was recorded at The Lab Auckland, produced by Wayne Bell and engineered by Oliver Harmer. Showcasing his undoubted deftness and craftsmanship as a writer, Jesse is ready to share his acoustic set with the GoldMembers.
Zoe Moon
Zoe Mahal is an up and coming singer songwriter best known for her standout work with Brockaflowersaurus-Rex, and her solo performance as Zoe Moon. Prepare for a compelling and engaging performance from this unique member of the Wellington music scene. . .
Danny Fairley
Wanaka local Danny (Civilian Sol, Arma Del Amor), blends soul, folk and dynamic stomp action to produce a haunting set that leaves the listener wanting more. With a new album ready for release, this talented young musician is definitely one to watch.

"Blissfully epic jams . . . it's impossible not to love Fat Freddy's Drop" - DJ Magazine, UK

With acclaimed sell-out performances around the globe and too many awards and platinum album sales to fit in this tiny box, Freddy's have fine-tuned their craft to enviable levels. Some fifteen years on from their orgasmic inception, the nation's most beloved soul-funk-dance-genre-hoppy tribe are ready to share their acclaimed new album 'Blackbird', plus favourites from the past with the Rippon massive.
". . . An album that has everything I hope for and rarely find in a pop record. Atmosphere, emotion, wit and, most of all, great songs. . . " - Listener Magazine

Five albums into their career, and with oodles of successful European and UK tours behind and in front of them, The Phoenix Foundation have clocked up numerous awards including Best Group and Best Producer. Their latest release Fandango cements the band's place as an iconic force within the industry and offers proof that this 6-piece is unstoppable.
"New Zealands premier female vocalist MC" - Rip It Up

Performing over 60 shows throughout Europe and the UK, Ladi6 and Parks wowed audiences with their unique blend of hip hop, soul and funk. Described by London's Metro Magazine as 'one to watch', Ladi6 has won a host of awards, including Best Female Solo Artist Won, Best Urban/Hip Hop Album and the Taite Music Prize.

Ladi6's soon to be released third studio album, Automatic, was recorded between Studio A in Detroit, Michigan and Revolver Studios in Waiuku with Waajeed AKA Jeedo and Grammy winning engineer Todd Fairall.
". . .the most exciting live band in New Zealand" - The NZ independent Music Press The Indefatigable trio (from Dunedin, Auckland, and once-upon-a-time Luggate) are veteran explorers of other continents and deliver a raw, unforgettable live performance like no other. Their self-released fourth studio album Harmony, recorded in France and produced by Chris Townend (Portishead, Violent Femmes), is the best encapsulation of Die! Die! Die!'s punk power yet. Prepare to be scared.
"Quite simply this is the best, most exciting R&B, soul, electronica. . . record I've heard this year."

Demand for their live shows has seen EWH perform in 14 countries, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, SXSW, and New York's CMJ. With their new album due for release and a spanky new drummer joining Mara and Taay, EWH can't wait to slay the Rippon audience with their new material.
"one of the most industrious outfits in local music" - Listener

Reconstructing the face of NZ hip-hop, the trio of Haz, Tom and Lui released their self-titled album in May 2012 to critical acclaim. It hit number 1 on the New Zealand album charts in its first week and went on to win Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at the New Zealand Music Awards. With enough energy and attitude to power all the fairy lights at the festival, get ready to move.
". . . this is only the beginning" - NZ Herald

Drawing from a wide variety of influences, Brockaflowersaurus-Rex & The Blueberry Biscuits are a 9-piece Neo-Soul, Experimental, Hip-hop group. Quickly making waves in the Wellington music scene, they showcase fresh, young talent and produce a massive and unique sound. Known for their energetic stage shows around the country, and set to release their eagerly awaited debut studio album in 2013, dancing shoes are essential.
Formerly the lead singer and producer of experimental band The Mint Chicks, and producer of Bic Runga's album 'Belle', (for which he was awarded best producer), Kody Nielson has recently released his new album 'Devils' to great excitement within the musical world. Undoubtedly one of the best live performers this nation has seen, Nielson harnesses the talents of Chip Matthews, Julien Dyne and Kody's father Chris for a genre-defying set. Get ready for a few surprises...
"The future of drums in NZ is firmly in the hands of Myele Manzanza." - NZ Musician Magazine The hip hop/electronic/funk productions that can be found Myele Manzanza's solo debut album are given life through the assembly of this group of top New Zealand talents. Formerly of Electric Wire Hustle, this drummer-producer seamlessly traverses jazz, hip-hop, R'n'B, electronica, broken-beat soul and world music. Myele was introduced to the language of the drum and traditional African rhythms from an early age and his 5-piece band includes his father, Congolese master percussionist, Sam Manzanza.
When four of the most inspiring and progressive musicians collaborate, there's magic and danger. Christoph El Truento, Riki Gooch, Parks and Julien Dyne serve up some of the most exciting beats to hit the nation. Ever.
Serving up a unique blend of bygone psychedelia and progressive "desert-jazz", The Digg is the illegitimate funky child of Alex, Cory and Fabian. The musical chutzpah of this trio has evolved from the sentiment of Jimi, the mood of The Meters and the obscenity of a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. Set to record their debut release get ready to. . . Digg it.
Warren Maxwell
Needing no introduction, Warren has the ability to transport and heal the listener with a single verse. Winner of an Arts Foundation New Generation Award, and recent collaborator with John Psathas and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Maxwell will be performing a solo acoustic set which nods to his Little Bushman/TrinityRoots self, along with some more recent Maxwell additions. A luscious acoustic set awaits…