Cuba Dupa
Cuba Dupa 2017

Wellington’s vibrant street festival celebrating the epic creative spirit of Cuba Street and the Wellington community


CubaDupa Whakatau Opening

Opening Event
An opening or whakatau to clear the path, set the scene for Wellington’s award winning festival. Experience taonga puoro, mau rakau (Maori Martial Art), cultural performances and live music with the chance of participating in the official CubaDupa song performed by a collective of Wellington musicians and performers led by Noel Woods (Grove Roots) featuring Sianne, TUMA, Alistair Fraser, Pacifiesta, Amba Holly, Neha Gate plus much more.

We welcome both artists and the audience to join us for the first event of CubaDupa 2017! Les Grooms (France), and Wellington Community Choir, and Whitireia Performing Arts – in two parades move from Abel Smith and Dixon Streets to culminate at Wellington Airport Swan Dancehall for the Whakatau.

We welcome everyone to learn our commissioned CubaDupa action song to create a kapa haka opening welcome that will live on in future CubaDupa events. Visit our Youtube link below to learn the moves to the waiata.

Saturday 12:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Whakatau Grand Opening


Renard the Fox – with Orchestra Wellington

Street Opera
CubaDupa and Orchestra Wellington present this 20 minute opera by Stravinsky, bringing opera to the streets! This foxy performance includes acrobatics by Pascal Ackerman, Tanya Drewer and Te Auaha students, and features four professional opera singers (including James Clayton and Richard Greager). Directed by Jacqui Coats, Renard the Fox is performed three times a day in the Hannah Courtyard.

Join the Renard The Fox procession from the Swan Dancehall at 12.40pm on Saturday for the first performance, and then from the corner of Dixon and Cuba Streets, 5 minutes prior to all other performances

Saturday 12:45 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Saturday 1:20 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Saturday 1:55 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Sunday 12:15 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Sunday 12:50 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Sunday 1:25 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard the Fox


Les Grooms

Theatrical Brass Street Music
With a “play-anywhere-for-anybody” attitude this theatrical brass band from France, roam the streets of CubaDupa promising a joyous mélange of music and comedy. Les Grooms play repertoire ranging from folk to jazz, from ethnic to the classics, from medieval airs to film themes, with a smattering of original compositions thrown in. Sometimes, they even sing…

This multi-talented band can improvise a tune for a single passer-by or suddenly become a living red-carpet ; are capable of inflicting an individual musical torture session or invade a shop ; and might well finish off with a tender serenade to a lucky bystander.

Les Grooms is proudly supported by Institut Français, Région Centre val de Loire and la Spedidam.

Saturday 12:00 pm – Te Aro Park Whakatau
Saturday 2:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Saturday 2:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms
Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Saturday 5:40 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms
Sunday 12:30 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 1:00 pm – Glover Park Ground les Grooms
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 3:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms


Battle of the Saxes

New Zealand
Brass / Parades
After the huge success of Battle of the Bones CubaDupa 2017 is striving for 100 saxophonists to prove who is the better sax! The NZ Society of Saxophones are recreating a true, famous, competitive battle event from Paris in 1840 (incidentally the same year as the ship Cuba arrived in Wellington!). The aim of this battle was to see if a military band WITH sax was better than a military band WITHOUT! This newly commissioned work by Oscar Laren (Wellington Shake ‘Em on Downers) has the two adversaries move from each end of Cuba St. Let the sax battles commence!
Saturday 5:00 pm – Te Aro Park Battle of the Saxes
Saturday 5:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Battle of the Saxes
Saturday 5:15 pm – Swan Ground Battle of the Saxes Finale



An explosion of hot pink, vintage chrome and live sound, NOW 2017: The Rebel Pink by Footnote New Zealand Dance provides three emerging choreographers with an opportunity to create New Original Work in a world conjured by New Zealand dance luminary Malia Johnston, designer extraordinaire Marcus McShane and world class drummer/musician Tom Scrase (ex-Strike). Expect to be enthralled: expect to have a blast.
Saturday 7:30 pm – Dixon St West Footnote
Saturday 9:30 pm – Dixon St West Footnote
Sunday 1:30 pm – Dixon St West Footnote Dance


Tiki Taane

New Zealand
Roots / Acoustic
Possibly one of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists & producers. Tiki Taane will be jamming a solo acoustic set to close out the Toi Pōneke Stage. Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces. Tiki’s extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and/or a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced firsthand!
Sunday 3:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Tiki Taane


So Samba

Só Samba offers a high-energy exposition of Brazilian culture, showcasing an authentic and vibrant experience of Rio de Janeiro’s traditional “rodas de samba” (samba circles). Their uplifting roots samba melodies and hypnotizing beats create the ultimate party atmosphere. Só Samba provides the people of Wellington the chance to dance up a storm – lose yourself in the hedonistic world of Carnaval!
Saturday 8:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage S0 Samba



80’s Synth
80’s synths, lo-fi drum loops and hook-heavy pop songs are what Honey are all about. We want to play music that makes seats obsolete, and gets boots and glute’s alike, shaking all night. <3
Saturday 1:00 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage Honey


Toi Pōneke presents

Dj Jamoody

Jamoody will bring the funk back with a Break Beat & DnB set to close out the Toi Pōneke stage on Saturday night. Throwing it all down on the decks and ready to traverse across genres to get the D-floor rocking, this is the place to be for your bass driven dance moves!
Saturday 10:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage DJ Jamoody


Rodger Fox and the Funkbone Experience

Big Band Funk
The Funkbone Experience plays Blues, Funk and R&B in a style that is Hot, Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues and Funk Jazz. Checkout the musical styles on the Jazz Crusaders, Wayne Henderson,Tom Scott, Maceo Parker, George Duke, Raul DeSouza,Larry Carlton, Nils Landgren and Cassandra Wilson and all the great groove masters. RODGER FOX – Trombone Lance Philip – Drums Nick Granville – Guitar Rowan Clark – Bass – Special Vocalist MOIRA JONES
Saturday 10:00 pm – Capital Blues Stage Rodger Fox Funkbone Experience


Train Wreck

Trainwreck, featuring master blues bassman Elliott Fuimaono, guitar wonder Dion Williams and drummer Jonathan Fuimaono, will bring their special brand of blues to CubaDupa. Look forward to some Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Jo Cocker and more. Elliott played bass with South Side of Bombay (remember “What’s The Time Mr Wolf”?) for 3 years touring New Zealand, Australia and Noumea as a full-time musician. Says, Elliot, “That was quite a cool band, wasn’t it?” Lance Sua told him once that touring with SSOB was what made him as a bass player. “Apparently … [Laughs] Well, I suppose you make less mistakes.”
Saturday 6:15 pm – Capital Blues Stage Train Wreck


Ryman’s Gold Card Club

Ryman’s Healthcare are providing a special area by the Swan Dancehall for the third generation to rest, relax and refresh while enjoying the performances infront and on stage. Flash your gold card and get VIP treatment!


Cuba Barbers

We will have a small sound stage featuring local artists semi unplugged 2 hour performances on the Saturday and Sunday: Dave Murphy and guest, Stirling Hern and guests.


Chris Armour Quartet

Often seen playing guitar as a sideman to any number of Wellington musicians, here Chris Armour steps out as a bandleader, playing a set of original blues instrumentals from his upcoming debut album. Chris plays the blues with a restraint and finesse beyond his years, earned and learned the old fashioned way; a lot of records, and a lot of gigs. Drawing from the deep well that is American music, Chris and his band of world-class (local) musicians offer up an exciting, incendiary take on the blues idiom. The Chris Armour quartet are Chris Armour on guitar, Richard Te One on drums, Steve Moodie on bass and Andrew Clouston on Saxophones.
Saturday 5:00 pm – Capital Blues Stage Chris Armour Quartet


Dave Murphy and Friends

Dave Murphy has established himself as one of the leading fingerstyle blues players in the country. Whether it be old style Robert Johnson or the more modern shades of Magic Sam, Dave can handle it all. He has led and played in blues bands such as The Juke Jivers ,The Midnight Creepers, Hot Leftovers as well as duo and solo work. For CubaDupa Dave is backed by Terry Casey (harmonica), Chris Armour (guitar), Richard Te One (drums) and Miklin Halstead (bass)
Sunday 2:30 pm – Capital Blues Stage Dave Murphy and Friends


David Feehan Band

R & B
The David Feehan Band has been around for over 25 years and in that time many fine musicians have passed through this wonderful band. Led by one of NZs leading male singers, David Feehan, the current line up is Olivia Campion, drums, Paul Mouncey, bass, Andy Mauafua, guitar, Phil Hornblow, Keys, Sean Feehan, percussion & vocals, Andre Paris, Saxes, Chris Fox, trombone, Chris Selley, trumpet, Jamie Musuva, vocals, and guest, Raquel Abolins-Reid, vocals. Special guest will be Julie Lamb on vocals as the band play a set of some of their favourite R&B/Blues tunes, whether great arrangements of other songs, or their own, and are not to be missed.
Saturday 7:30 pm – Capital Blues Stage David Feehan Band


Del Thomas Band

Mixed in with his popular renditions of Peter Green blues classics, Del will also perform originals from his recently released CDs, Driving Home and Shifting Sands. “The Mac influence is audible in slow-burning numbers like Every Hour, with gritty vocals and wailing slide guitar. But with these self-penned songs, this stalwart of the Wellington blues scene also dips a toe into less blue waters. The blues are obviously deep in his bones, but as the website says, he has “one foot in the blues and the other in country-folk-rock” – a nice combo!” – Bing Turkby, NZ Musician Band lineup: Dougal Speir – guitar; Elliotte Fuimoano – bass; Mo Phillips – drums.; Del Thomas – guitar and vocals.
Saturday 1:15 pm – Capital Blues Stage Del Thomas Band


Julie Lamb’s Blueberry Pie

Jammy, tart, sweet and mellow! A mash up of Two Bluesy Blondes and the Julie Lamb Band. Expect a bit of traditional, and a wee bit of not so much. Vocals Julie Lamb, Bass Callum Hazlitt-Black, Drums Andrew Richardson, Guitar Deane Hunter, Saxes John Gualter, Keys Pieter Bos
Saturday 8:45 pm – Capital Blues Stage Julie Lamb’s Blueberry Pie


Rob Joass and the Hard Core Troubadours

Rob Joass is a well known and well travelled musician based in Wellington. Best known for his work in Hobnail, Rob put together the Hard Core Troubadours as an outlet for his more Country/Rock infused songs. The Hard Core Troubadours is a floating lineup of friends who also happen to be some of the best musicians in the Capital. This incarnation of the Troubadours features the dynamic rhythm section of Hamish Graham (Drums and BV’s) and Murray Costello (Bass), Alan Norman (Keys), and newest Troubadour Chris Armour (Guitar). Influenced (and sometimes covering songs) by artists like Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Guy Clarke.
Saturday 2:30 pm – Capital Blues Stage Rob Joass and the Hard Core Troubadours


The Cryin’ Shame Band

Good time music encompassing the odd Hendrix number on Bluekelele, a mixture of blues, funk and even a bit of original stuff. All this delivered by a crack team of veteran Kiwi musicians and one English chap. Led by the inimitable Warwick Murray, the band will keep you interested, satisfied and tickled too. Warwick Murray: Guitar, Bluekelele and harp Dougal Speir: guitar, vocals Elliott Fuimaono: bass guitar Roger Watkins: drums
Saturday 3:45 pm – Capital Blues Stage Cryin’ Shame


Shaken Not Stirred

Funky blues, swingin blues, old blues, bent blues and stinky blues rounding off a delightful program of musical items. Shaken not Stirred feature the horn section of Andre Paris and Damian Forlong, the vocals and bass playing of Geoff Hern with Deane Hunter on guitar and Miss Olivia Campion on drums. Be prepared to be slapped and then tickled, Shaken not Stirred, the ultimate in aural pleasure!
Sunday 3:45 pm – Capital Blues Stage Shaken Not Stirred


Matt Hay & The Makers

Country Blues
Matt Hay & the Makers – Matt Hay (vocals/guitar/harmonica) and the Makers (Clint Meech – keys/BVs, Phil Hope – mandolin/guitar/BVs, George Barris – bass and Delia Shanly – drums) draw influence from the likes of John Hiatt, JJ Cale, and The Band, but deliver their own special blend Blues, Country and Americana. Hay’s original songs have melodies that will stick in your brain, choruses you’ll want to sing along to, and offer quietly astute commentaries on life’s little ups and downs.
Sunday 12:00 pm – Capital Blues Stage Matt Hay and the Makers


52 Dynamite Special

Formed around guitarist/vocalist Antony Maddock, 52 Dynamite Special are a high energy, rollicking rockabilly and rock’n’roll band featuring some of Wellington’s finest musicians. They capture the vintage sound of artists like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash in a fresh and exciting way that will make you wanna move. 52 Dynamite Special are Antony Maddock on vocals/guitar, Steve Moodie on bass, Richard Te One on drums, and Chris Armour on guitar.
Saturday 12:15 pm – Capital Blues Stage 52 Dynamite


Capital Blues Presents

Wellington Heads

Jazz Blues
Sharp and energetic, Wellington Heads (Named after the striking features on Wellington’s rugged southern coastline) have been playing in and around the capital city for nigh on 20 years. Wellington Heads have evolved their own sound through the influences of Chicago blues, Kansas style blue jazz, the swinging rhythm n blues of Louis Jordan and Ray Charles, and infused with Pacific/Hawaiian rhythms and Latino feels.
Sunday 1:15 pm – Capital Blues Stage Wellington Heads


Sunday Comedy Session

Live Stand-Up Comedy
San Fran hosts a Cuba Dupa Sunday comedy session – a free event featuring a Pro MC, the afternoon show will feature up to 20 local comedians doing 5 minute sets of their best gags and new material, making San Fran THE place to get your Sunday giggles in a seated cabaret setting! Sunday 3pm-5.30pm.
Sunday 3:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Sunday Comedy Lounge


Garage Project Presents

Mr Amish

Mr Amish is about exposing the pain of the depression, the mundane of the day, the power of the addiction, the guilt of the colonisation, the grip of the relationship, each topic revealed within a tune which has been specifically assigned for pleasure and entertainment, the input method being 90 percent ear hole 10 percent eye ball.
Saturday 2:00 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage Mr Amish


Garage Project Presents

Wax Chattels

Psychedelic / Indie
Likened to the musical equivalent of being hit in the face, chest and body by an Auckland bus, Wax Chattels has taken New Zealand by storm. With a 1970s Yamaha organ, fuzzy bass and a two-piece kit they are set to impose upon Wellington their own brand of complex rhythms, tensions and releases.
Saturday 6:00 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage Wax Chattles


Toi Pōneke presents


DJ Kerb, Wellington old schools finest & Graf writer. Known as a leader of burners in the 04, Kerb has a thirty year history of elevating style & celebrating hip-hop’s musical lineage. Joining Kerb will be Raven from TDT, Xmen & BurnUnit. Raven Hails from the University of Hip-Hop in Chicago, with thirty plus years of busting lyrics & Graf burners under his belt. Raven is a hip-hop activist & educator who has worked with youth worldwide. Raven is on a Fulbright scholarship to NZ to study the intersection of Hip-hop activism & Maori culture. Don’t miss this rear collaboration!
Saturday 1:45 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Vinyl Allsorts


Toi Pōneke presents


Hip Hop / Soul / Funk
Self-professed Hipster Hop god DFRESH returns to the capital with a selection of premium vinyl plates for pleasing party people. With all good intentions of much audio touchington, DFRESH brings his choicest cuts to the table, revisiting a moshi of disco daze, jazzy swingers and anthemic classic clappers! DFRESH will be on stage Sunday 26 March at 2pm – 2:45pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – Toi Poneke Stage D-Fresh


Garage Project Presents


Art Funk
TV DiSKO plays only the finest in oddball pop, leftfield disco, far out funk, curly cumbia, bolshy Bollywood, nutty new wave, tangy Turkish tunes, and much more in-between.
Saturday 6:40 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage TV Disko
Saturday 7:40 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage TV Disko
Saturday 8:40 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage TV Disko


Te Auaha

See live performances showcasing Te Auaha, the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity opening on the corner of Dixon and Cuba Streets in February 2018.

Te Auaha will be a melting pot of self-motivated, intellectually and creatively curious students ready to find new creative industries and forms of expression.
Come and see what’s possible when student creativity is unleashed. Performances run Saturday between 1.30pm-4.30pm on Dixon Street.
Visit to learn more about Wellington’s new world class centre opening soon.

Saturday 1:30 pm – Dixon St West Te Auaha


Wellington Community Choir

Come and Sing Workshop
Come and Sing with the Wellington Community Choir
Join with us at CUBA MALL and sing alongside us as we lead you through some easy and uplifting songs celebrating Wellington and the spirit of CubaDupa.
Led by Julian Raphael, director of the Wellington Community Choir and Community Music Junction.
Saturday 12:00 pm – Cuba St Upper Whakatau
Saturday 1:00 pm – Cuba Mall Come and Sing with the Wellington Community Choir


Garage Project Presents

Borrowed cs

Wellington based producer and DJ Cory Champion [borrowed cassettes] creates provoking and uncompromisingly raw house and techno music with controlled execution and a soulful tip. Borrowed cs has released music on Wellington’s own Margins and has his debut 12″ coming out in March via Syndey based label 3BS Records.
Saturday 10:10 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage Borrowed CS


Garage Project Presents

DJ Mali

Funk / Soul / R&B
DJ Mali is Malisa Palalagi, a Wellington-based DJ/Selector. Her history playing in live bands as a bass player, guitarist & vocalist has been set aside momentarily, as she finds inspiration in playing the tunes of others, most notably soul, funk, R&B, downbeat and hip hop.
Saturday 12:30 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage DJ Mali
Saturday 1:40 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage DJ Mali
Saturday 2:40 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage DJ Mali


Garage Project Presents

Alexa Casino

You are invited to come chill in Alexa Casino’s dream world. She lovingly crafts pop music with melodies, heartbeats, colours and lots of feelings. Suitable for all ages, moods and weather conditions.
Saturday 5:20 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage Alexa Casino


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

April Fish

Dark Cabaret
April Fish is a musical act directed by avant-garde composer-pianist Katie Morton. Described as ‘space opera’, ‘pop rapture’, and ‘gothic chamber rock’, the live experience challenges the listener to confront their own inner darkness, depths, and desires.

Especially for Cubadupa April Fish will feature Mx Morton on the piano, along with the talents of Double Bass player John Costa and ten (count ’em!) gorgeous singing songbirds lending and blending their voices into a rich and vibrant sonic tapestry.

Saturday 5:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge April Fish


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

The Polly Johnson Set

Electronic Folk
The Polly Johnson Set are a musically diverse, endearingly dysfunctional and endlessly entertaining five-piece collection of Wellingtonian songwriters and performers. When pressed to describe their music, the best they’ve come up with to date is “gypsy punk vaudeville cabaret”.
Saturday 7:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Polly Johnson Set


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

The Rob Whelan Band

Although he may look like an average cowboy from Colorado , Rob Whelan was in fact born in Whangarei NZ having lived most of his life in Manchester in the UK, Rob returned to his NZ roots three years ago settled in Wellington writing and recording his debut EP ” Search & Rescue” the heartfelt story of leaving his old UK roots and returning to his birth land after so many years. Rob will be performing the EP in its entirety along with a couple of other surprises with his amazing 7 piece backing band. Come along and join the journey.
Saturday 2:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Rob Whelan Band


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

The She Jays

Leave that 9-5 upon the shelf, and just enjoy yourself…
Re-live the outrageous, hedonistic era of the last days of disco.
The She Jays present The Disco Ball, a celebration of all things disco,
channelling the Paradise Garage, Studio 54, and The loft parties of New York.
This is your opportunity to grow our your fro, put on your polyester and do the bump, the robot and the Hustle, and let your freak flag fly.

Saturday 9:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Disco Inferno


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

The Overdogs

Folk/ Country / Pop
The Overdogs are five piece folk-country band. They offer the original, eloquent songwriting of John Newton, supported by the fiddle/clarinet interplay of Jude Douglas and Andy Horwood, on a foundation provided by the rock solid rhythm section of Tony Paine and Liam Prince. Guaranteed to make you dance with strangers, cry into your drink, or scratch your head.
Saturday 8:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge The Overdogs


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

The Gracious Deviants

Folk Pop
The Gracious Deviants are Pete Edge and Darrel Greaney: two old friends with a passion for great acoustic folk/pop songs in two-part harmony.
They have played in and around Wellington for over 10 years, crafting a sizeable repertoire of songs about love in all of its wonderful and terrible forms.
The Gracious Deviants: Two voices, two guitars, one highly creative collaboration, and four times the awesome. You do the maths!
Saturday 4:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge The Gracious Deviants


Garage Project Presents

The All Seeing Hand

Experimental Sub Pop
The musical world of The All Seeing Hand touches many soundscapes while being complete in its own language. It is a gateway, opening ears to the sonic environment we cohabit with machine and emotion. The turntable provides a dense wall of sounds, creating a subliminal future from the carcasses of redundant songs. The throat inhales your spent breath and mumbled words then exhales harmonic vocals; while you struggle to hear the language your synapses fire new paths. The drums resonate with your heart, then beat it irregular; while your chest collapses with pounding toms, your brain pulsates with frantic snares.
Saturday 9:30 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage The All Seeing Hand


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

Ginger Wine Club

Funny Funk
Ginger Wine Club brings together Three very talented multi-instrumentalist songwriters and poets to provide their skewed take on popular music. Describe it as ‘comedy-folk-country-jazz-cabaret-hip hop-burlesque’ and you might not be far off.
Saturday 3:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Ginger Wine Club


Garage Project Presents

Earth Tongue

Earth Tongue dwell in the distant future past. Other-worldly beings drifting upstream – taking all the best bits of the 1970s psych-rock era and placing them back within the alien landscapes from where they first emerged. Gussie Larkin (also in Mermaidens) plays thundering guitar and delicate voice. Ezra Simons (also in Red Sky Blues) plays delicate drums and thundering voice. Thanks to the robotics available to the everyday consumer, guitars can now sound like many things! Earth Tongue use this technology to their advantage, capturing sonic textures never before thought possible!
Saturday 7:00 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage Earth Tounge


Garage Project Presents

So Laid Back Country China

Canyon Rock
So Laid Back Country China formed in 2013 when Michael Keane and Harriet Ferry partnered to find a voice for songs that didn’t work in the contexts of their previous projects. As the songs came together they added Kane Tippler on Drums and James Bennett on bass, finalising the lineup. One year after the release of With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon, the band have returned with Sin Cristales. Built on the sonic foundations of their two previous releases the album is both grander and more intimate.

Saturday 8:00 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage So Laid Back Country China


San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

Nicole Andrews

Folk / Electronic
Originally from Portland Oregon, Nicole Andrews has gained recognition in Wellington as an up and coming artist to watch out for. Known for her haunting vocals and melancholic piano ballads, Nicole has now moved towards a more electronic feel, incorporating a Prophet 6 synthesizer in her writings for her upcoming second album. The album is currently underway in the studio, with Thomas Voyce (Rhombus) producing it.
Saturday 6:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Nicole Andrews


Garage Project Presents


ONONO is a psych pop supergroup made up of Wellingtons finest underground musicians. The band began as a recording project of Jono Nott and has since transformed into a five-piece boy band featuring members of fellow Wellington acts Hans Pucket, Finn Johansson, Mothers Dearest and Earth Tongue. Sit back and soak in the sonic pleasure or move your body in a rhythmic way.
Saturday 4:40 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage ONONO



Latinaotearoa came from the concept of blending local flavours with the colourful
cultures of South America. Brazilian born Auckland DJ Bobby Brazuka and Venezuelan
singer Jennifer Zea created a unique live performance with Bobby’s Latin influenced
soul-funk and hip hop selections layered with Jennifer’s ravishing vocals.
Saturday 6:45 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Latinaotearoa


Garage Project Presents


Indie / Punk
HEX is the heavy triumvirate of Liz Mathews and GG and Kiki Van Newtown. Birthed from a musical lineage that spans classical to folk to punk to metal, the band crafts each song as a spell, using archetypal images and drawing on literary traditions from Coleridge to Eileen Myles.

HEX’s music has been described at “lofi metal” (Six Noises), and moves methodically moves between harmony and discord with tempo shifts and interweaving melodies devolving into psychedelic breakdowns before being drawn together again in resolve.

Saturday 3:00 pm – Garage Project Marion St Stage Hex


The Wellington Chocolate Factory VR Experience

Virtual Reality
The Wellington Company has always had an inspired vision for Wellington – a vibrant city, with pulsating laneways and wonderful inner-city life. Hannah’s Courtyard, a complex of fantastic apartments, businesses and hospitality shows the power of the vision. Now they want to tell the story of the Wellington Chocolate Factory – sharing Hannah’s Courtyard, and how they turned their vision into reality.


Toi Pōneke presents

The Audio Mechanics: Antsman, Ras Stone and Range

Djs that run parties like no other, spinning an eclectic mix of baddass tunes from all over the globe. With years of experience these fellas focus on heavy bass, goodtime grooves and uplifting lyrics on the mic. Bringing together a bombastic whirlwind of excitement on the decks for all to witness. Hosts of their own radio show on Radio Active since 2008 and Afro Delight in Wellington and Auckland since 2014. They provide more energy than a nuclear reactor and more fun than a bouncy castle.
Saturday 8:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage The Audio Mechanics


More FM Kids Zone

Family Activity
The More FM Kids Zone will be better than ever this year with everything from a Nerf Gun shooting range, free bubble blowing, Beyblade battles, and some delicious morsels for the young at heart.
We will also be taking photos on the day so make sure you come and join us. We would love to see you at Wellington’s Iconic CubaDupa festival for another amazing year in the capital.
Saturday 12:30 pm – Cuba St Upper More FM Kids Zone
Sunday 12:00 pm – Cuba St Upper More FM kids zone


Toi Pōneke presents

Jan Hinde and Al Fraser

Irish / Maori
Traditional melodies from Ireland and Taonga Pūoro improvisation from Aotearoa take on new meanings as Jan Hinde (Uilleann Pipes) and Al Fraser (Ngā Taonga Pūoro) intertwine and explore musical traditions.
Sunday 12:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage “Uillean pipes” & “Irirangi”


Toi Pōneke presents


Irirangi explore the interplay between our modern and traditional voices, Pākeha and Māori. Conversations between the cello and Taonga Pūoro are interpreted digitally and extrapolated to give a new musical voice unique to Aotearoa. Irirrangi are Matt Tui (Cello) Andy Hummel (Laptop) and Al Fraser (Taonga Pūoro)
Sunday 12:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage “Uillean pipes” & “Irirangi”


George FM

DJ Live Radio 104.5FM
George FM will be at CubaDupa again for 2017 and this time we are bringing the log cabin show live from Wellington.
We will have DJ’s from around the country playing smooth tunes and winding up on Saturday night to bring you the latest tracks and live mixes.
Make sure you come and check us on Dixon street with music pumping from 6pm on Saturday night till late and Sunday from noon.
Sunday 12:00 am – Te Aro Park George FM


DJ Takas

Having DJ’d in the Capital for the better part of 12 years, DJ Takas knows more than a thing or 3 about how to read a crowd, and what it takes to be a fearless DJ. Takas will be appearing on the Toi Pōneke Music Stage fresh of the back of Splore. He needs no introduction to Wellington party goers and dancefloor regulars. Opting for a Vinyl only set he will treat CubaDupa to a view through the looking glass to when vinyl was king.
Saturday 4:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Dj Takas


DJ Mishahesa

DJ Mishahesa is a House Music and Vinyl lover who has been collecting and spinning vinyl for close to 18 years. Well known for playing the House room for the infamous Matrix Crew at the Phoenix night club, often playing back to back sunrise sets with DJ Shortstop. Over the Years Mishahesa has maintained regular radio shows on, Radio Massey/Control, Firm FM, The Most FM, and currently, (Friday Drive and Collective Fetish). Mishahesa plays a variety of styles covering the House Music spectrum, with a particular fondness for Deep House with plenty of funk and soul in the mix!
Saturday 3:00 pm – Toi Poneke Stage DJ Mishahesa



If you want to get a party started and the D-Floor full, then call Cumbia Bros! These ten musicians combine songs in Spanish and English while maintaining the best of Latin dance grooves. Accordions, trombones, percussion, guitars and so much energy! Wherever they perform, the night dresses up and dancing is inevitable!
Saturday 11:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage CUMBIA BROS


Bric a Brac Ravers

Street Theatre
The Gathering 1997 Takaka Hill : two Dutch Goa Trance Deejays Spyder and Freek disappear in what was presumed a tragic raving accident.
2017 : Wellington 2 dutch bric a brac vendors are working the streets of upper Cuba St spreading a gospel of a new golden era of 90’s rave culture and the return of the mystical raver Dolphin Gear Heart Sven Michaels – tales of 20 years continuous raving in a crystal cave deep below the Takaka Hill abound.
Saturday 5:00 pm – Booth House Bric a Brac Ravers
Saturday 6:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Bric a Brac Ravers
Saturday 9:00 pm – Booth House Bric a Brac Ravers
Saturday 10:00 pm – Cuba Mall Bric a Brac Ravers
Sunday 3:00 pm – Booth House Bric a Brac Ravers
Sunday 4:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground Bric a Brac Ravers


Toi Pōneke presents

The Nomad

New Zealand
For Daimon Schwalger, aka The Nomad, the wandering existence has been all about building strong connections with people and places. He shares the story of his journey through the creation and celebration of independent music. Having spent almost three decades behind both the decks and at the controls, Daimon is now the master of his own production studios, The Nomad Audio & Video! Be prepared to expect the unexpected as The Nomad will traverse a spectrum of sound inside an hour of jammed packed goodness.
Saturday 9:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage The Nomad


Finn Johansson

Wellington’s much-loved Psychedelic Country Songwriter Finn Johansson has been cloistered away in his bedroom studio over the summer assembling a followup to his 2015 debut, ‘Two Thousand And Fourteen’. You’ll hear a couple of brand spanking new numbers when Finn takes to the stage with his 5-Piece All-Star Rock-and-or-Roll Band this Cubadupa. Have you ever danced and wept profusely at the same time? Now’s your chance to.
Sunday 2:30 pm – Glover Stage Finn Johansson


Wellington Citadel Band

The Wellington Citadel Band, one of New Zealand’s leading Salvation Army bands, exists to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. The Band has been prominent in the Wellington community since 1883 and can be heard at worship services at The Salvation Army’s Vivian Street worship centre every Sunday at 10.30am. The Band travels extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas. The Band’s repertoire includes major works for brass band, street marches, classical arrangements, swing and jazz numbers, classical arrangements, and settings of traditional and contemporary worship songs.
Sunday 12:30 pm – Booth House Salvation Army Band


The BeatGirls

NZ’s favourite girl group are turning 21 this April. Catch their birthday show at Circa Theatre from April 1 to 15. ‘As iconic as the Wgtn Bucket Fountain’ – Dom Post. Adrenaline on high heels!
Saturday 4:30 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Beat Girls
Sunday 12:30 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Beat Girls


Toi Pōneke presents

Rhombus In Dub

Dub & Bass
Wellington based ‘Rhombus’ is one of New Zealand’s most original live acts who consistently deliver a blend of dub and bass, hip-hop, soul, funk and reggae creating a unique sound which has seen them establish a large fan base throughout New Zealand and internationally.
The Rhombus in Dub production crew currently comprises of Wellington based Dr. Thomas Voyce and Koa Williams.
Featured guest collaborators are Wellington based artists on vocals Lisa Tomlins (Lord Echo, Chocolate Box, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddys Drop) and MC Antsman.

Saturday 7:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Rhombus In Dub


Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion

Yo-Yo Demonstration
“More than just up and down!” This is how you could describe the artistic performance of Dave Geigle. For nearly two decades this young Berliner has been yoyoing around – so successfully that he has been European Champion five times! With tricks like “Around the world”, “Eifel Tower” and “Rock the Baby” as well as performing with two yoyos simultaneously, Dave Geigle amazes audiences with his cool show. Come and have a look and then give it a go yourself under Dave Geigle’s expert guidance!

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut

Saturday 1:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Saturday 2:45 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Sunday 1:15 pm – Cuba St Upper Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Sunday 2:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Sunday 4:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion


Art Explore

Visual Arts
Walking tours of local Art Dealer Galleries. Over CubaDupa this is your chance to experience these Art Walks for free. Stunning leading edge visual arts. Emerging, mid-career and established artists. Ever changing exhibitions. The best way to see art with others and an expert guide; Mary Jane Duffy
Meet 11am Saturday Toi Poneke 69 Abel Smith St


ALL ABOARD Tarrant Dancers

Street Dance
ALL ABOARD with the super shipshape Tarrant Dancers – sound- energy – dance – rhythm on 36 1m2 boards in a cacophany of pattern and colour 36 dancers aboard 36 platforms dancing up a storm on Cuba Street for CUBADUPA.
Saturday 1:45 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Saturday 2:15 pm – Swan Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Saturday 2:25 pm – Ghuznee St East ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Saturday 2:45 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Sunday 2:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Sunday 2:30 pm – Swan Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Sunday 3:10 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers


Aroma Dj Politca & Dj Dr Huup

Aroma DJ
Come and enjoy a special kind of alchemy as the euphonious tones of Dj Dr Huup intertwine with the enchanting bouquets and seductive smell sensations of Aroma Dj Politica. Performed for the first time in New Zealand, join us for an enticing dance expedition to distant dance shores and let your senses come alive!
Saturday 9:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Aroma DJ Ploitica & DJ Dr Huup


Capital E presents


Childrens Activity
with Capital E, for all ages
Is it a dinosaur, a spaceship, a chandelier, a cloud? Come and bring BLOOM to life!
Consisting of thousands of identical pink pieces, children and big kids alike can connect, construct and deconstruct 3D installations with no boundaries or rules. Grow an alien garden and cultivate surreal landscapes that are truly one of a kind – only your imagination is the limit.
BLOOM is part of Capital E’s National Arts Festival for children and young people. From 13-25 March there are performances across the city taking place, from dance to music to outdoor performance. Visit for more information.
Saturday 12:45 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E presents
Sunday 12:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E & Bloom


DANZ Dance Programme

Ceroc Dance NZ

Ceroc® Dance is a social partner dance generally done to chart toppers and old favourites. It is a partner dance that you can dance just about anywhere!
Ceroc® Dance classes are fun, a great way to keep fit and to meet people. It can be danced by first-time dancers with “two left feet” and yet can be danced by accomplished dancers. You can walk into any Ceroc class and have you dancing out!
Saturday 1:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents


DANZ Dance Programme

Cotton Daisy Backstep

Square Dance
Cotton Daisy Backstep play the old ‘hillbilly’ music of the Appalachian Mountains of America. Their square dances hark back to the days of the pioneers, shotgun totin’ farmers and moonshiners. On banjo, guitar, bass and fiddle, they bring you that tub-thumping goodness no book-learning can give; the very roots of Americana. Dances are taught and no experience or partner needed. Prizes for the best male and female old-time attire.
Saturday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents


ZEAL presents

Devon Welch

Singer Songwriter
Devon is a singer/songwriter who bases his musical existence on positive messages. He uses his life journey to write songs aimed at bringing a new light and refreshed perspective of life to his audiences.
Influenced by his love of funk, reggae, soul and NZ Music, Devon is always looking at ways to branch out and find new ways to write his music. He aims to spread his music far and wide to those who find a connection with what he has to say.
Saturday 5:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL presents


ZEAL presents

Equilibrium Trio

Combining eccentric harmonies and excessively metaphoric lyrics, Equilibrium Trio create music which is enjoyed mostly by elderly relatives who are socially obliged to do so. 
Equilibrium Trio began in 2013 and is comprised of three friends who have often prioritised music over having a social life. Consisting of only three voices and a guitar, they have regularly been compared to Fleet Foxes and similarly overtly niche bands. Their debut EP “Constellations” is to be released this year.
Saturday 6:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL Presents


ZEAL presents


DJ Music
Made up of Jack Laven & Sebastian Vallance, HUZKY are a DJ/production duo from Wellington. Having played in bands together since the start of high school, the pair finally found their roots in electronic music. With fat slapping 808s and bubbly melodies, HUZKY are notorious for their heavy, trappy sound.
Saturday 9:55 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL presents


DANZ Dance Programme

Le Dance with Sacha Copland

Le Dance perform pop-up dances for events all over town and love to get the city grooving. The group brings together some of Wellington’s diverse dance community to celebrate dancing for the sheer joy of it.

Le Dance sprung from Le Grand Continental’s group of volunteer dancers for the opening of the 2016 NZ Festival.

Sacha Copland is the artistic director of Wellington’s Java Dance Theatre. She brings immersive dance to the heart of the city.

Sunday 1:35 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents


DANZ Dance Programme

Lala and Marimba Mojo

African Dance
Tamba! (‘To play around and have fun’)
Wellington’s African music performers and community musicians will combine to present a participatory singing and dancing party where everyone is invited to join in the music and dance. The music will feature groovy and hypnotic sounds from Zimbabwe and Madagascar played on African marimbas by Marimba Mojo. Lala Simpson’s effervescent personality and remarkable dance teaching skills will have everyone moving together in authentic fashion. High energy song and dance fun for all the family!
Sunday 12:40 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents


ZEAL presents

No Sleep After Midnight

Rock Music
No Sleep after Midnight, a Wellington based youth band that is sure to entertain. Over the past three years they have been actively playing venues throughout Wellington and the Lower North Island. While having fun putting their own rock flavour on well known hits, they are also enjoying being creative with their own original music, making sure there is something for everyone. No Sleep after Midnight are Brooke Wood (Vocals) Logan Wood (Lead Guitar/BV’s) Taylar Mallo (Bass) and Simon Buxton (Drums)
Saturday 6:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL Presents


ZEAL presents


Pop Punk Music
Mishap play 90s/early 2000s pop punk, taking influences from bands like Green Day and blink-182 but renewing this sound with the crisp audio production, tight, exciting live shows and the teenage angst of modern bands such as Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck and The Story So Far. They started playing music together in April last year and have been playing shows almost every weekend since. In the short time they have been a band, they have played shows all around the lower North Island and distributed an EP.
Saturday 7:40 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL presents


Olmecha Supreme

Live Hip Hop
Olmecha Supreme started out as a solo MPC project headed by Captain Imon Starr in the early 00ʻs. Fusing elements of Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae, Blues, Roots, Electronica, Funk, Punk, Noise, Video Game music, and Martial Arts film sound tracks into something called “Afro Futuristic Roots Music” and Featuring New Zealandʻs champion Rap Boxer “King Home Boy” and the Captain improvising around themes of love, war, revolution, comedy, and hope.
Saturday 10:45 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Olmecha Supreme


DANZ Dance Programme

Namnita Kumar Bollywood

Spice up your dance moves Bollywood style. Come learn some new moves to modern upbeat music with Namnita Kumar, a fun have a go workshop for all ages and abilities.
Sunday 12:05 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents


DANZ Dance Programme

Projekt Team

NZ’s leading all style street dance collective PROJEKT TEAM will be teaming up with some local talent in a showcase battle where you are the judge. Projekt Team are heavily involved in the freestyle battle scene and have had winners in the last 6 major NZ events including Summer Showdown in Raglan, Ultimate All Style Champs in Hamilton and SDNZ Nationals in Auckland. Don’t miss these crazy champions in action!
Saturday 2:20 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents


Goethe-Institut presents

Princessin Hans

Berlin Germany
Theatrical Punk Music
Punk Connoisseurs Princessin Hans grew up on Berlin’s queer literature and cabaret stages, and is made up of NZ-born Hans Kellett and Germany’s musical mischief-maker Jörg Hochapfel. Onstage they blur conventional clichés of celebrity and identity while juggling musical genres like some folks juggle knives. For the first time in their 13-year career they are returning to Hans’ homeland, Aotearoa, and CubaDupa will be their first ever performance in here.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut

Saturday 6:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Princessin Hans
Sunday 2:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Princessin Hans


ZEAL presents


Indie Rock Music
Formed early in 2016, Retrospect are an indie-rock band based in Wellington.
Taking inspiration from the likes of ‘The Strokes’ and ‘Cage the Elephant’, the band mixes jangly guitar riffs with bright, harmonised vocal performances from the two lead singers.
During their relatively short existence, Retrospect have kept busy; placing as national finalists the 2016 Smokefree Rockquest, and recording an EP, released early 2017.
Saturday 8:15 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL presents


ZEAL presents

Right Seater

Punk Grunge Music
We are a young 3-piece punk/grunge band rocking the Wellington live scene. We formed in 2014 and since then have played shows all over the lower North Island. 2016 saw us record and release our debut EP.
Saturday 7:05 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL presents


Sam Trubridge

Performance Art
Sam Trubridge is a performance artist, designer, director and curator. He has created productions for Sadler’s Wells (London), La MaMa (New York), Teatro Studio di Scandicci (Florence), and the Auckland Festival. He is artistic director of The Performance Arcade: an annual festival on Wellington Waterfront.
A large sphere of inflated black plastic is inhabited by a walker in a work that has travelled throughout the world. The sphere’s movement through various environments damages the thin plastic, gradually deflating its spherical form until it degrades into rubbish. Each act of blind navigation produces a dialogue with different spaces, surfaces and people.
Saturday 10:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Sam Trubridge


ZEAL presents


Rap Music
Unchained XL (Hugh Ozumba) is a Nigerian Kiwi rapper and producer from central Auckland. A multi-instrumentalist and composer with distinct melodies, rhythms and textures of both the 70’s West African afrofunk and 90’s West Coast G-funk movement.Supervened on both classic and modern style Hip-hop beats, creating a sound that is easily recognizable as his own. Lyrically, Unchained XL juxtaposes between sharp, thought-provoking socio-political commentary; self reflection; lighthearted musings and honest discussions about his Christian faith.
Saturday 8:55 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St ZEAL presents


ZEAL presents

Peyton Morete

Singer Songwriter Music
Peyton Morete is a 14 year old singer songwriter from the Kapiti Coast. She has performed regularly over the last four years in the region and at music festivals. She has won Smokefree RockQuest Manawatu solo category for the last two years running. She also won the Wellington Super Star Talent Quest held in September. Peyton performs mainly her own music which deals with lot of issues facing young people today.
Saturday 5:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Zeal Presents


The River Jesters

The River Jesters are a modern rock quartet from Dunedin, New Zealand. Their sound is both powerful and unique, blending a blues / hard rock influence with unexpected undertones of psychedelia. With four national tours under their belt and four well received singles, the band have just released new album “Beautiful Mire” and will be playing 25 shows around NZ this summer.
Saturday 5:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage The River Jesters


The Wellington Mingus Ensemble

The Wellington Mingus Ensemble takes CubaDupa! Bear witness to the phenomenon that is the Wellington Mingus Ensemble. One of New Zealand’s most jaw-dropping jazz orchestras who pay homage to one of the most powerful composers to ever walk the earth. Appearing at one of Wellington’s favourite events, sixteen badasses will perform new tunes and as always, channel the same ole Mingus magic.
Sunday 12:00 pm – Glover Stage The Wellington Mingus Ensemble


The Bluegrass Referendum

You’ve never heard string music like this; heart-wrenching harmonies, songs of longing and heartache and the lightning instrumentals that bluegrass music is famous for. Wellington’s Kim and Dusty (the duo that blends Kim Bonnington’s whisky harmonies with Dusty Burnell’s multi instrumental wizardry) meet Nat and Jenine from Auckland’s Pipi Pickers (as seen at Australia’s MountainGrass, Wellington Folk Festival, Auckland Folk Festival) in this soulful, spiritual union of sound.
Sunday 1:15 pm – Glover Stage The Bluegrass Referendum


The 16th

Cinematic Triphop
The 16th is a cinematic soul experience. Vinyl cracks, warped magnetic tapes, and 8 track breakbeats combine with a live eight piece band that draws on influences such as Air, The Cinematic Orchestra, Portishead and Massive Attack. Delivering soaring vocal lines and a massive horn sound backed by superheavyweight funky grooves.
Saturday 7:30 pm – Glover Stage The 16th



Gypsy Jazz
Violins, guitars and double bass whisper, seduce, and shout. Complex arrangements rub sexy shoulders with dance-floor favourites. Original tunes meet Django Reinhardt and Michael Jackson in a darkened hall-way, creating beautiful love-children, some of which we had to send into hiding. While time travelling from 1920’s Paris, we briefly got lost in Serbia before ending up in Wellington. Now we play beautiful music for you!
Sunday 1:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Phantasticus


NAG – Off the Grid & Off the Wall

Bicycle Powered Soundsystem
Nag is a self-powered art studio made from entirely recycled components that are powered solely through the energy of the artists pedalling as they work. For CubaDupa 2017 Nag is teaming up with a series of delicious musical and experimental performers to create the energy to perform, and generate the power needed for their performance. They will be spinning a bicycle-powered record player, wafting things, projecting things, and (literally) attempting to blow things up.
Saturday 6:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Princessin Hans
Saturday 7:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard NAG
Saturday 9:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Aroma DJ Ploitica & DJ Dr Huup
Saturday 10:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Sam Trubridge


Percolators Brass Band

Percolators Brass Band are a traditional second-line band performing quintessential street music of New Orleans. Featuring musicians from groups such as Soldiers Of The Pharaoh, Tunes Of I, Richter City Rebels and Hollie Smith. This conglomerate has joined together to present a distinguished and vibrant show immersed in the deep roots of New Orleans jazz, and mixing elements of soul, blues, funk and modern jazz, to deliver an exuberant and captivating show. Get your feet tappin’ and your hips shakin’!
Saturday 3:00 pm – Glover Stage Percolators Brass Band



From Sao Paulo, Brazil Marcos Koga aka Dj PG has more than twenty years of experience on the decks. Using most of his research work with elements of the Brazilian Music from the 60s and 70s mixed with classic hip hop tunes, rock and soul. PG has been a resident in most of the heavyweight clubs in Sao Paulo, all over Brazil, and around the world.
Saturday 10:45 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DJ PG
Saturday 11:30 pm – Upper Cuba Stage DJ PG


Cumbia Blazera

Cumbia Blazera features 11 handsome guys from the ‘Sunday Blazers’ Football Club, playing instruments and singing upbeat tunes: Colombian classics, Kiwi hits (‘Cumbia-fied’) and their own original songs. Some of them are professional musicians; some are South American; some are ‘other’. It’s always an epic party! They sing in Spanish, English, and in the universal language of chanting sounds like ‘Wai-ooo’. In April 2017 they are touring Colombia – choice!
Sunday 3:45 pm – Glover Stage Cumbia Blazera


Kiwi BBQ presented by

Colossal Productions

Street Theatre Circus
Kev, Bev and Trev like nothing more than a good ol’ Kiwi BBQ. So they chucked their 6 burner in the back of the Ute, found a gas tank with a little more than half in it and hit the streets to share their love for outdoor cooking. What should be simple method of cooking sausages and other meat based produce, soon turns into absolute mayhem!

PS. Vegetarian options provided
PPS. All food is hypothetical – BYO imagination

Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba St Central KIWI BBQ
Saturday 8:30 pm – Cuba St Upper KIWI BBQ
Sunday 12:00 pm – Te Aro Park KIWI BBQ
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central KIWI BBQ


Clan Celtica

Tribal Percussion
Clan Celtica is a Scottish Tribal band made up of 5 drummers and a Great Highland Bagpiper. Their music is uniquely Scottish. And is best described as an exciting mix of emotive Celtic melodies alongside pulsating dynamic drum beats, both slow and fast. Apart from having an almost eerie hypnotic atmospheric ambiance the drums live up to their reputation as the sound of Thunder!
Saturday 12:35 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Clan Celtica
Saturday 1:15 pm – Cuba St Upper Clan Celtica
Sunday 12:45 pm – Glover Park Ground Clan Celtica
Sunday 1:30 pm – Te Aro Park Clan Celtica



C-26 is a sizzling seven piece salsa band from Wellington. A great mix of South American and Kiwi musicians who bring vibrant and energetic music to the Wellington scene. Their sound and style is inspired by playing salsa classics from Cuba and Puerto Rico, with the first female Latino salsa singer resident in Wellington, Anayibi Loboa from Colombia. Authentic sound of salsa that simply makes you want to move.
Saturday 3:30 pm – Upper Cuba Stage C-26



Balkan / World
Musical Performance: Balkan, Gypsy Folk Music – Bazurka are a collective of Wellington musicians, coming together to present their modern take on balkan gypsy and folk music. Intricate and exotic melodies, driving rhythms and tear jerking ballads are all on the menu as this seven piece powerhouse present some of the best music to come out of Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and more.
Saturday 2:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Bazurka


Rise of the DanceBots presented by

Bureaucrats That Dance

Street Boogie
Set in the near future, a world where robots are increasing in number and doing most of the things humans once did, but better and faster. Human morale is at an all time low and most of the humans who are still bothering to eat and breathe have augmented their body parts with bot attachments in a poor attempt to compete with robots. However, the one thing robots can’t do as well as humans is dance. To be human is to dance. This group of human resistance dancers are on the move. Their mission? To reclaim humanity!
Saturday 4:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Bureaucrats That Dance
Saturday 6:30 pm – Swan Ground Bureaucrats That Dance
Sunday 2:30 pm – Ghuznee St East Bureaucrats That Dance
Sunday 4:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Bureaucrats That Dance


Sailing the Seven Seas presented by


Street Dance
Sambatron have made a name for themselves for their lively energetic performances and colourful creativity. Honing their trade by doing what they love, Sambatron bring the passion and vibrancy of Brazilian-style street samba percussion to Kiwi audiences.
Sunday 2:00 pm – Glover Park Ground Sambatron Jam
Sunday 2:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Sambatron
Sunday 2:40 pm – Te Aro Park Sambatron
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:05 pm – Ghuznee St East Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale


Carp Diem presented by

Tape Art NZ

Visual Art
‘Carp Diem’ is a street art installation by public art team Struan Ashby & Erica Duthie (Tape Art NZ) who will transform a section of Ghuznee St into a mystical fish-pond waterscape. Using recycled PVC and tape drawn directly onto the street, oversized fantastical fish will lead pedestrians to wend their way through the lily pads in search of surprises lurking half hidden amidst the rippled water.
Saturday 12:00 pm – Ghuznee St East Carp Diem
Sunday 12:00 pm – Ghuznee St East Carp Diem


Shabby Salon

Street Hairdressing
Enter through the floral curtain fronted Shabby Salon into a world often missed by the average Cuba St pedestrian. Where plastic bouquets, glittery objects and cast aside toys finally find their place in the world. The stylists of the Shabby Salon, at the top of their game, transform average Wellington hairstyles into wonderlands of colour and mayhem in an exuberant performance of pandemonium.
Saturday 1:00 pm – Booth House Shabby Salon
Sunday 1:00 pm – Booth House Shabby Salon


Urban Garden and Creative Workshops presented by


Creative Installation & Workshops
Welcome to our weekend transformation of an inner city car park into an Urban Garden Paradise with fabulous blooms, pallet seating and a playable junk orchestra! Using home grown, low impact and reusable resources, help us grow the Urban Garden with workshops for the young and not so young. Butterflies and Blooms: Create large butterflies from homegrown willow and tissue, or small flowers/ blooms from reused foam to enhance the Urban Garden ambiance, or take home as a memento.
Junk Instruments: make paint bucket drums, and horns to blow, from reused materials with simple construction.
Make, play and create, or just relax and enjoy the family atmosphere in an oasis amongst the street festivities.
Saturday 12:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Butterflies and Blooms workshop
Saturday 2:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St REACT presents
Saturday 3:30 pm – Roaming Big Girls
Sunday 12:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E & Bloom
Sunday 1:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E & Bloom
Sunday 3:00 pm – Roaming Big Girls


Big Girl's do the CubaDupa presented by


Street Theatre
The Big Girl’s will be taking to the streets of CubaDupa in a dancing parade. Come and join them for a ‘larger than life’ party. Big Girl’s are giant puppet representatives made with and by women of diverse nationalites who call Aotearoa New Zealand home. They’re about making a space on the streets for all, in celebration of our cultural diversity.
Saturday 3:30 pm – Roaming Big Girls
Sunday 3:00 pm – Roaming Big Girls


Orpheus Choir of Wellington

The mighty Orpheus Choir of Wellington are well known for their dramatic symphonic performances. Presenting Kiwi hits, enlivened by a jazz trio, they escape the confines of the classical concert hall to support insanely talented soloists as an oversized backup vocal ensemble. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear your favourite NZ pop tunes as you’ve never heard them before.
Sunday 2:40 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Orpheus Choir of Wellington


Hans Pucket

Alternative Pop / Rock
Hans Pucket is the musical pseudonym of twins Oli and Callum Devlin, and multi-instrumentalist wunderkind Jono Nott (ONONO). Raised on a diet of Abba, Beach Boys and Big Chill soundtrack CDs, and survivors of an adolescence in the guitar-pop saturated 2000s, Hans Pucket contemplate the darkest angst of modern love and life, and really want to make you dance.
Saturday 1:00 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Hans Pucket


Duelling Pianos

Street Boogie
We put two upright acoustic pianos face to face with a very brave drummer in the middle. Guns are drawn and a piano duel begins. The music is highly energetic and features familiar songs.
Saturday 6:30 pm – Booth House Duelling Pianos
Saturday 8:15 pm – Glover Park Ground Duelling Pianos
Saturday 8:45 pm – Swan Ground Duelling Pianos
Sunday 1:00 pm – Ghuznee St West Duelling Pianos
Sunday 2:00 pm – Te Aro Park Duelling Pianos
Sunday 3:15 pm – Cuba Mall Duelling Pianos


Dimestore Skanks

Dimestore Skanks are a rowdy 8 piece Party Punk Ska band. These Wellington based boys have been around since 2011 and love nothing more than putting on a high octane show and dancing until they can’t dance anymore. Bring your skankin’ shoes along, get that back up off the wall, and join them live for a party like no other.
Saturday 9:30 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Dimestore Skanks


70s Crazy Disco Soul presented by

Bay Batucada

Hawkes Bay
Street Music
Bay Batucada pay homage to the 70’s disco and soul scene with way out wacky costumes, hairstyles, moustache styles, beard styles, side burn styles, bling styles and attitude to match. The Bay Batucada group is convinced that their performance will spark a retro revolution back to 70’s fashions. Bring it on back!
Sunday 1:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground Bay Batucada
Sunday 1:35 pm – Cuba St Upper Bay Batucada
Sunday 1:55 pm – Cuba Mall Bay Batucada Parade
Sunday 2:00 pm – Dixon St East Bay Batucada
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale


Splendid Teapot Racing and Tea Duelling presented by

Capital! Steampunk

Street Theatre
Take a radio-controlled vehicle, remove the body, attach a teapot, decorate to taste and race through an obstacle course against the clock. Plus the Wellington-invented variation, premiered at CubaDupa 2016: Teapot Sheepdog Trials. Tea duelling is a very civilised way of settling disputes with tea and biscuits. And very little blood.
Saturday 1:40 pm – Cuba Mall Steampunk Parade
Saturday 2:00 pm – Dixon St East Splendid Teapot racing
Sunday 1:00 pm – Cuba Mall Tea Dueling


Bucket Fountain Babe

Street Theatre
Catherine Badwind is back for bucket loads of rubber duck fun and games at The Bucket Fountain! Great fun for all ages, especially kids (or children at heart). Come join Badwind for her annual bucket fountain challenge. Will you be crowned King or Queen of The Bucket Fountain?
Saturday 2:30 pm – Cuba Mall Bucket Fountain Babe
Sunday 2:30 pm – Cuba Mall Bucket Fountain Babe


The Galaxy Dresses presented by

Vospertron Galaxy Dresses

Street Dance
Creating a visual symphony of light and movement as they swirl through the streets, the Galaxy Dresses dance you into a fairytale world with graceful elegance and flair.
Created by innovative leaders of unique furturistic style and wearable technology design, Vosperton.
Saturday 8:00 pm – Cuba St Central Vospertron Galaxy Dresses
Saturday 8:45 pm – Ghuznee St East Vospertron Galaxy Dresses
Saturday 9:30 pm – Cuba St Upper Vospertron Galaxy Dresses


World Song Singing presented by


World Songs
WOSOSI are a dynamic, a cappella choir who enjoy exploring the world’s rich singing traditions. They specialise in songs and chants from around the world, conveying each songs intention and wairua – whether that is a quiet longing for your homeland, celebrating the joy of independence won, the despair of loved ones lost or the delicate beauty of a song of peace.
Saturday 2:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Saturday 3:45 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Wososi Choir
Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 12:30 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 1:00 pm – Glover Park Ground les Grooms
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 3:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms


White Face Crew POP Riders

Street Theatre Clown
Watch out for the White Face Crew’s wacky wheels and blinged-out bikes. These clever clowns are bringing their unique style of physical comedy to CubaDupa. Capturing hearts and imaginations alike, White Face Crew spring surprise encounters on passers-by with roving performances inspired by physical theatre, clowning, play, and a smidge of mischief. White Face Crew Pop Riders premiered at Pop 2016, Auckland Council.
Saturday 2:00 pm – Cuba St Central White Face Crew
Saturday 3:30 pm – Cuba Mall White Faced Crew
Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba St Upper White Face Crew
Sunday 12:30 pm – Cuba St Upper White Face Crew
Sunday 2:00 pm – Cuba Mall White Face Crew
Sunday 3:30 pm – Cuba St Upper White Face Crew


Catching the Sun presented by

Samba de Sol

Street Music
Samba de Sol – literally ‘Samba of the Sun’ – is a community based percussion group who are in their seventh year of bringing the vibrant rhythms of Brazilian Samba to the streets of Nelson. This year, Samba de Sol bring you ‘Catching the Sun’ – a dazzling performance inspired by Maui and warmed by the outstanding Nelson climate. Don’t miss this shining group of percussionists and dancers as they light up the Wellington streets with radiance, and perhaps a surprise friend or two….
Saturday 5:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground Samba del Sol
Saturday 5:50 pm – Ghuznee St East Samba del Sol
Saturday 5:55 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Samba del Sol
Saturday 6:05 pm – Te Aro Park Samba del Sol
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale


Wings of Fire presented by

Tauranga Samba

Street Music
Tauranga Samba is a Brazilian style drumming and percussion band. They play their our own unique and funky blend of batucada: a richly rhythmic and infectious style of Samba: the heartbeat of Rio Carnival. The band members vary in age and ethnicity from all over the world and unite in our common interest to entertain and enjoy the samba beat.
Saturday 2:35 pm – Glover Park Ground Tauranga Samba
Saturday 2:55 pm – Ghuznee St East Tauranga Samba
Saturday 3:10 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Tauranga Samba
Saturday 3:15 pm – Te Aro Park Tauranga Samba
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:05 pm – Ghuznee St East Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale


Night Creatures of Aotearoa presented by

Wellington Batucada

Street Music and Dance
Wellington Batucada brings the flamboyant world of Brazilian samba music to Wellington. Originally formed in November 2001 to perform in the Cuba Street Carnival, Wellington Batucada endeavours to replicate the authentic samba sound of Brazil. Their infectious, high-energy samba rhythms regularly make them crowd favourites at various parades and festivals around New Zealand. They will feature again after two consecutive successful performances at the CubaDupa Festival so look out for them in 2017.
Saturday 9:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Wellington Batucada
Saturday 9:35 pm – Cuba Mall Wellington Batucada
Saturday 10:00 pm – Te Aro Park Wellington Batucada Jam
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale


Retro Space Family presented by

AK Samba

Street Music and Dance
AKSamba step back in time to the start of space travel with a Retro-Moon-Family theme, just like The Jetsons! The ‘Samba family of the future’ are complete with big shoulder pads, moon boots, jet packs and sonic silver drums delivering infectious beats to the Wellington streets. AKSamba is an innovative world percussion band based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Their musical style is a fusion of hot Brazilian rhythms (such as samba, samba-reggae, coco, baio) with drum & bass, hip-hop and other dance influences.
Saturday 5:00 pm – Dixon St East Tartan Samba
Saturday 7:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage AK Samba
Saturday 7:30 pm – Cuba Mall AK Samba Parade
Saturday 8:30 pm – Te Aro Park AK Samba Jam
Sunday 12:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Tartan Samba
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:05 pm – Ghuznee St East Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale


AK Samba and City of Auckland Pipe Band present

Tartan Samba

Street Music
A combination of Brazilian Samba Percussion & Scottish Highland Bagpipe music, Tartan Samba brings together the rhythm and grooves of AKSamba with the pipe music of the City of Auckland Pipe Band. To spice it up they add a twist to old Scottish crowd favourites and incorporate some Northern French/Breton and Northern Spanish/Asturian tunes.

It’s a surprising mash-up musical revolution!

Saturday 5:00 pm – Dixon St East Tartan Samba
Sunday 12:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Tartan Samba


The Frank Burkitt Band

Original toe tapping acoustic swing with hints of bluegrass, jazz and country thrown in. Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo Melodica and Double Bass.
Saturday 1:45 pm – Glover Stage The Frank Burkitt Band


Ready Sett

Indie Rock
Ready Sett began in early 2014 with a sound reminiscent of The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Nowadays they draw inspiration from punk, indie, and riot grrrl groups from the ’90s. The duo’s songs reflect their feminist consciousness, coming to life through simple pop hooks, crushing guitar riffs and irreverent humour. They released their debut EP in December 2015 titled ‘The Badger EP’.
Saturday 12:30 pm – Glover Stage Ready Sett


Country Life presented by

Fraser Hooper

Street Theatre
Take one award winning clown, sprinkle on some magic, turn up the comedy, add some eccentric dancing, a water skiing cow and a remote control duck and you have the perfect recipe for non stop laughter. Fresh from the worldwide success of his Boxing show, Fraser Hooper ventures into the great outdoors in another glorious concoction of ridiculous routines.

“Perfect comic timing, Hooper is super.”
The Sunday Mail Australia

Saturday 1:00 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life
Saturday 3:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life
Sunday 1:30 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life
Sunday 3:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life


La Cymbalobylette presented by


Street Theatre
A mobile & musical street theatre show with a strange mechanical-music machine.
Cymbalobylette : n from the latin cymbalo, the cymbal, and from the greek bylette, the motorcycle without motor.
A hybrid mobile music machine, and a real mechanical battucada, which exclusively relies on muscular energy.
Two colleagues,travel all the way from their factory in France to present the strange machine made by their great-great-great grandfather.
Saturday 2:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 2:35 pm – Cuba St Upper La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 4:00 pm – Cuba St Central La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 4:20 pm – Ghuznee St East La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 6:15 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 6:30 pm – Cuba Mall La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 12:15 pm – Cuba St Central La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 12:30 pm – Ghuznee St East La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 2:35 pm – Cuba St Upper La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 2:55 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 4:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 4:20 pm – Cuba Mall La Cymbalobylette


East Harlem Schmackdown

Influenced by the sound of Issac Hayes, War, Herbie Mann, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and theme songs from the 70’s, the East Harlem Schmackdown is a party time band of exotic 70’s flute funk grooves. Fluff that afro, dig out those bell bottoms. Get on down and feel tha funk.
“It’s so damn hot. Milk was a bad choice” – Ron Burgundy
Saturday 6:00 pm – Glover Stage East Harlem Schmackdown



Australia & UK
Circus, Music, Theatre
The Chipolatas, custodians of an ever-evolving tradition, blending the old and the new, where circus meets theatre and live music is played. A common ground where magic is made.

Transcending trends, capturing hearts and crossing boundaries, these 3 actors / musicians / clowns, perform a story without words.

Saturday 2:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Chipolatas
Saturday 4:00 pm – Cuba St Upper Chipolatas Clown Band
Saturday 5:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Chipolatas
Sunday 12:45 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Chipolatas Clown Band
Sunday 2:15 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Chipolatas Clown Band
Sunday 3:45 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Chipolatas


Carnival Bloco

All of New Zealand
Street Music and Dance
Carnival Bloco brings the vibrant rhythms of 150 Samba drummers and dancers from around NZ and Australia to CubaDupa. Coming together are AKSamba (Auckland), Sambatron (Hamilton), Tauranga Samba, Samba de Sol (Nelson), Bay Batucada (Hawkes Bay), Wellington Batucada. Dress up, get your dancing shoes on and get ready to be involved cos you’re gonna want to shake yer booty! You’ll find them on stage, on the streets, and jamming in Te Aro Park on both days – and on Sunday they’ll be joining forces for a great big Carnival Finale to close the festival.
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale


Superhero Second Line

New Orleans Second Line
Superhero Second Line is a mixing pot of culture and identity! Bringing together the familiar sounds of the traditional New Orleans Brass Band, with modern pop and classic blues songs, Superhero Second Line are entertaining to people from all walks of life!! As retired Super heroes, they decided to pick up instruments and form a band playing tunes from our favorite genres, often heard on Superhero Radio…
Saturday 8:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Superhero Second Line
Saturday 8:45 pm – Cuba St Central Super Hero Second Line
Saturday 9:00 pm – Cuba St Upper Super Hero Second Line


Big Trouble Presented by

The Troubles

Big Trouble is a super big extension of John Rae’s Wellington super group The Troubles. Augmenting their 10 piece line up with additional strings and horns to create a magical unique sound that is both danceable, listenable and above all hugely entertaining.
Saturday 4:30 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Troubles


Tomorrow People

TOMORROW PEOPLE have become the Wellington ambassadors for reggae music in Aotearoa. With 3 powerful lead singers and soothing harmonies, they are backed by exceptional instrumentalists, adding to that essential summer feel. The band brings a live performance of original music that has seen them sell out tours all over New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Guam & Rarotonga.
Saturday 5:45 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Tomorrow People


The Eggs

Rhythm and Soul
It remains unclear as to which came first, the chicken or The Eggs. Regardless, this ensemble has been the most obstinate omelette on Wellington’s music buffet for upward of 15 years. Enter the orbit of the omnipotent organ where the dance floor dreams of devastating drums! Become enamored of the elliptically eloquent extemporizations of Imon Starr. Be enthralled by the awe-inspiring elucidations of the oracular, the spectacular Lisa Tomlins.
Sunday 4:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage The Eggs



Dark Rock
Mermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington. They are renowned for their intricate and unique songwriting, boldly raw but increasingly refined studio production, and a hypnotic live synergy that leaves audiences enchanted. After support slots for acts such as Mac Demarco and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as numerous sold out New Zealand headline shows, Mermaidens have become a staple ‘must see’ act in the New Zealand music scene.
Saturday 10:00 pm – Glover Stage Mermaidens


Mass Cuba St Funk Orchestra

Funk Soul
Take The Eggs, well known as the funkiest band in the land, and add half a tea cup of Funky Bass, a pound of Funky Fat Back Drums, 4 Tablespoons of Funky Memphis Guitar, another pinch of Funky Keyboards, and what you get is a whole Mass of Funk on the stage. That’s right, two of Everything Funky = A Funky Good Time!
Saturday 10:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Mass Cuba St Funk Orchestra


Kirsten Te Rito

Electronic / Māori
Sydney Morning Herald called her vocals ‘spectacular’, & that’s no exaggeration. Award-winning songstress Kirsten Te Rito teams up with some of NZ’s most accomplished musicians for a killer showcase of original, electro/future soul delights & downright musical wizardry. Big beats, lush soundscapes & soaring vocals take you on a sonic journey in English & Te Reo Māori. Feat. James Illingworth-Bliss n Eso, Darren Mathiassen-Shapeshifter, Johnny Lawrence-Electric Wire Hustle, Justin Clarke-FlyMyPretties.
Saturday 8:45 pm – Glover Stage Kirsten Te Rito


George & Noriko

Blues / World
George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected.

Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive sounds of the shamisen (Traditional Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist.

Saturday 4:15 pm – Glover Stage George & Noriko
Sunday 2:59 pm – Upper Cuba Stage George & Noriko



Celtic / World
Urban sounds & musical soundscapes, led by charmed melodies on the flute and lit up with jazz-tinged arrangements, heavy grooves, spooky brass solos, tremolo affected electric guitars, lonely banjo lines and dramatic breakdowns. Evocative and exotic vocals – some, in an inspired twist, chant-like. This is ALDOC! Led by Dubliner Alan Doherty (Lord of the Rings Flute soloist) and described by Irish Folk hero Christy Moore as a “revelation” – the global sound on their debut album “From Tallaght to Halle” definitely breaks the sound barrier!

Aldoc is proudly supported by Culture Ireland.

Sunday 4:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage ALDOC



Electric Blue Witch Hop
Estère is a girl with an MPC she calls Lola. With Lola, Estère samples and records a wide variety of sounds she then uses to create a canvas of pulsating rhythms and evocative melodies. Her accompanying elastic voice and inquisitive lyrics help paint Estère’s own unique genre of Electric Blue Witch-Hop.
Saturday 11:17 pm – Glover Stage Estère