Described as "one of the best young metal bands in the world" (Revolver), Alien Weaponry is a three piece “Te Reo” metal band taking the world by storm. With their debut album “Tū” being acclaimed worldwide and included in many top albums of 2018 lists, they are touring extensively and have now played some of the biggest metal festivals in Europe and North America. Their sound is fresh, raw and energetic just like their stage show.
"Chelsea Jade is a magnetic performer - bringing an equalizing ‘we’re all in this together’ vibe" - The Spinoff
Nominated for a Silver Scroll Award for her song 'Laugh It Off', Chelsea Jade is an incredible songwriter and performer with a talent for delivering outstanding, relatable pop that rewards your brain and propels you towards the dance floor.
With a career spanning three decades Martin Phillips and The Chills have pumped out numerous hits such as: ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’, ‘Pink Frost’, ‘Doledrums’ and, ‘I Love My Leather Jacket’. Interest in the band quickly spread overseas. With a high calibre of musicianship and raw passion, The Chills have become a NZ institution with their songs being used on TV shows and movie soundtracks. Their recent compelling documentary is a must-watch.
This legendary Aotearoan and undisputed Queen of The World teams up with a special guest to amp up the Forest.
Wellington soul troopers, this unforgettable band embodies everything that TUKI represents and we can't wait for them to bring their magic to the Main Stage on Waitangi Weekend.
Although only 25, Arrowsmith has already won a TUI Award (Folk Album of the Year) for her debut album, and the APRA Country Song of the Year Award for ‘Slow Train Creek’. With vocal comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, Holly brings her birth place (New Mexico) and hometown (Arrowtown) together in a beautiful acoustic Forest welcome.
The colour orange can cause one to experience a heightened sense of optimism, a boost in aspiration, and a stimulation of warmth and happiness. Mild Orange is an eclectic of 'melting melodies' – an energy and vibrancy derived from a lust for smooth sounds. This ridiculously talented Dunedin band - now with international representation and ready to fly. Higher.
Citing influences such as Sade and Kelela, 21-year-old Lola’s live performance features an all-female line-up, with graduates of Te Koki, NZ School of Music. Lola is currently working on her debut release which combines elements of alternative R&B, soul-jazz, rock, and stunning harmonies.
Artist, producer, activist, and engineer, Tiki Taane has cemented his place as a true pioneer within NZ's bass culture. A natural performer, he has the extraordinary ability to rock the mic, both as MC and acoustic and looping artist. The sheer power of Tiki’s ability to unify and energise is something to be experienced firsthand.
Silver Scroll winner, and multiple Tui award-winner, Tami Neilson and her hugely talented band are set to rock the Tuki stage this summer with her raw delivery of an inimitable style of country-soul-gospel. Brace yourselves...
Club Panther Claw
Recently making the top 10 SRN charts with their song Everyone, Queenstown electro-clash trio Club Panther Claw are driven to perform a set which compels the whole Forest to boogie. Luke (vocals/synths/samples), Reuben (drums/vocals) and Tom (guitar) deliver a live wall of sound that keeps the dance floor packed and bouncing!
A uniquely fresh take on rock n roll, Sea Mouse’s thunderous live shows have seen them applauded across the country in what’s been a concerted effort to reinvigorate the blues rock genre, and further disrupt the status quo. Sea Mouse are very pleased to be bringing their high energy and blistering live performance to TUKI 2020 for the first time.
Central Otago Talent
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
A winner of the Taite Music Prize and Silver Scroll Awards among others, Ruban Nielson (Mint Chicks) moved from New Zealand to the USA and is changing the musical world as Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO). Praised by Rolling Stone for his talent in “colouring outside the lines”, UMO’s psych-soul, Beatles-meets-Zappa creations confront, reward and delight audiences globally. The ultimate example of Kiwi gone global, UMO take to the TUKI stage for their first Wanaka performance, before releasing their new album this year.
On the back of releasing her fourth album Brown Girl in 2016 and taking away another two Tuis at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, Aaradhna continues to spread her soulful sound across New Zealand. She is excited to be playing her first ever gig in Wanaka and performing at the 2018 TUKI Festival.
“Each song is a character,” says Marlon Williams of his self-titled solo debut: a remarkably assured and diverse nine-track tapestry, united by one of the most versatile and evocative voices you’ll hear this or any other year. Taking out Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year Awards (2015), and selling out shows throughout North America and UK/Europe, Williams is described as possessing “one of the richest voices you’ll hear anywhere in New Zealand” (Sunday Star Times). Willaims and his live band play tracks from his new album 'Make Way For Love' for the first time here in Wanaka.
With last year’s Best Solo Male Artist at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards under his belt and two successful releases, it’s no secret that Maala is on the up. TUKI will be his first Wanaka performance, where his stripped back electro and pop-soul vocal will move you to the dance floor.
The Phoenix Foundation
As one of New Zealand's most accomplished acts,The Phoenix Foundation have either won or been nominated for every music industry award New Zealand has to offer. They are a regular act on the New Zealand festival circuit, which is no surprise with their distinct cascading synths, chiming, plangent guitars and pulsating bass creating the get up and dance sound they are so well-known for. We can’t wait to have them at TUKI!
The Shamblés are a four-piece funk-pop band brewed in a drafty Dunedin flat. Confining their music to a single genre would be like trying to describe human cuisine to aliens. It's a spicy mixture of pop-bangers, soul, jazz, psychedelic funk and disco steez. See for yourself and free your eardrums on a space odyssey at TUKI 2018.
Silver Scroll winners, ex- New Yorkers Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner return to New Zealand to perform tracks off their upcoming album for the first time, and open the TUKI stage.
Recently winning Best Local (NZ) Act at the MTV Awards, South-African born talent Tapz is creating waves in the New Zealand hip hop scene with his unique and confronting releases. With a platinum collaboration with Hermitude under his belt this young rapper is set to bring a little heat to the TUKI stage.
Central Otago Talent
Arma Del Amor
Wanaka’s own Arma Del Amor's blend of soulful hypnotic vocals over dreamy pads, chest swelling bass, and an uncompromising rhythm takes you through the ridges and valleys of a sonic landscape. The band share new music from their upcoming LP.