ChaWa | New Orleans, USA | Funk, Brass
The latest nominees for a Grammy award, New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras' Indian outfit Cha Wa, radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. Their album “Spyboy” (a nod to frontman J’Wan Boudreaux’s role in the Golden Eagles) is a modern mix of fiery, toe-tapping sounds. Popmatters describes the band as "a grand gumbo of singing, intoxicating rhythms, and deep funk grooves that are impossible to resist.”
Touch Compass | Auckland, NZ| Street Contemporary Dance
NZ's only professional inclusive company Touch Compass presents a stunningly mesmerising duet choreographed by Sarah Foster Sproull performed by the captivating award winning performer Rodney Bell and the graceful Julie van Renen. The performers glide in and out of contact via the use of technology to assist them to move punctuated by percussive gestural movements this tightly woven work is a show stopper
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Folk, Roots, Gypsy
From ballads and singalongs to high energy dance parties, TMO have spent years weaving their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings. Here are the troubadours to remind you that this music (no matter what kind of device it ends up on) could not exist without warm bodies in search of harmony.
Electric Fields | Adelaide, Australia | Electronic Pop/Soul merged with traditional Anangu
Multi-award winning Electric Fields create a striking and haunting merging of living traditional culture with electronic music, bringing moments of breathtaking beauty and power to the stage. Featuring the rare and beautiful voice of Zaachariaha Fielding, who often sings in his traditional languages of the Anangu people, Electric Fields music ranges from soulful pop, to epic-scale electronic works, through to intensely intimate story-songs
Alien Weaponry | Waipu, New Zealand | Thrash metal, alternative metal, groove metal, heavy metal
Alien Weaponry is a three piece metal band taking the world by storm, from small town Waipu. Starting their musical careers as children, the have honed their skills, gained critical acclaim and have begun touring the with world’s biggest metal festivals – including Wacken Open Air, Metaldays and many others. CubaDupa is lucky enough to be the only Wellington spot on their upcoming nationwide tour.
The Phoenix Foundation | Presented by Parrotdog| Wellington and Auckland, NZ | Alt/Rock
The Phoenix Foundation is a six-piece band from Wellington New Zealand, who have now made six albums of intelligent, inventive, richly detailed pop music from a whole range of diverse influences.
Combining a sly and mordant lyricism and distinctive vocals with an almost filmic approach to musical soundscapes – all cascading synths, chiming, plangent guitars and pulsating bass - together with dynamic and sophisticated rhythmic interplay, they have reached the point that these influences have been integrated to such a degree that they sound uniquely like themselves
Hot Potato Band | Sydney, Australia | Funk, Ska, Pop
Anything could happen! Known to cause a severe case of happy fever, this energetic 10 piece brass band from Sydney has put an Australian edge to their 'multi-genre' music, influenced by ska, blues, funk, pop, reggae, afro-cuban and folk, bound by the classic brass band sounds of New Orleans.
Tunes Of I | Wellington, NZ | Dub, Rock, Roots, Funk
Born out of the famed NZ School of Music, Wellington Dub Rockers - Tunes of I, are fast developing into one of the nation’s most exciting up and coming roots acts, renowned for their original, tight and dynamic live performances!
Have a listen to the first announcement playlist, here.