New Zealand music lovers will again be treated to some home-grown music this Waitangi Day at the Waitangi ki Tuwharetoa Festival.
Taupo District Council is teaming up with Contact, Genesis, Mercury, Tuwharetoa FM, Manatu Taonga, and the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board to ensure the annual festival has something for everyone. A kid zone, cultural food stalls and a kaumatua tent will be there, as well as a top quality line-up of music.
This year the event at Riverside Park will play host to New Zealand TUI music award winners, Three Houses Down, who will perform hits from their albums Dreadtown, Break Out and their EP Moon and Back amongst others. The Otara-based group's unique reggae feel, coupled with a brass section, brings a big sound that is sure to resonate across Lake Taupo. This well-travelled group have played many festivals on the way to this one, including Reggaelution, Raggamuffin, Parihaka, Splore, Big Day Out, and Trinity Roots.
Accompanying Three Houses Down will be General Fiyah, who appears on several of their tracks, including the multiple Pacific music award-winning single Love and Affection.
Completing the line-up are other New Zealand acts, including Aaron Moeke, Blind Venetians, David Wall, the Taurikura kapa haka group and many more.