MarchFest is not just about beer. It’s also about local wines, ciders and juices, regional cuisine (including a beer and food matching lunch) as well as its ‘event genre mash-up’ insistence on being a craft beer festival, an indie/world music gig, a hops showcase, an educational forum for home/wannabe brewers and a family-friendly day out. It’s hard to believe such a combination can work, but the thousands of people who attend each year are testimony that it does! Great live music is always a big feature of Marchfest. Previous acts include Alabama 3, Tahuna Breaks, Iva Lamkum, Sola Rosa, Don McGlashan, The Eastern, Wilson Dixon, Delaney Davidson, John Cooper Clarke, Drab Doo Riffs, The Bellbirds, Newtown Rocksteady, Brockaflower, The Nudge and many more..

2017's strong line-up included New Zealand's hip-hop soul queen, Ladi 6, festival favourites The Eastern and skanking ska band Battle-Ska Galactica. Supporting will be cool Nelson acts Not Bruce Willis, Django Schmango and the Ragged Crow Morris.

 MarchFest 2017 LINE-UP: Keep an eye out on our facebook page for upcoming confirmations on next year's acts!

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Ladi6 LADI6 PRESS SHOT cropped small    Ladi6, New Zealand's hip-hop soul queen started her musical career as part of all-girl hip-hop group Sheelahroc. Ladi is renowned for her energetic live performances, sublime soulful vocals and conscious lyrics. ‘Automatic’, her highly anticipated third was recently released worldwide. Ladi6 and ‘partner/band member Parks travelled to the US to work with renowned music producer Waajeed in Detroit. Automatic was produced by Parks and Waajeed and features Ladi6 band members Julien Dyne and B.Haru. Featuring critically acclaimed singles “Ikarus” and “Shine On”, the album has been described as “a beautiful amalgamation of soul and futuristic hip-hop complimented by Ladi6’s distinctive vocals.”  

8:30 - 9:30

The Eastern The eastern   Marchfest favourites The Eastern return for the FOURTH festival appearance! They describe themselves as “a string band that roars like a punk band, swings like a gospel band, drinks like a country band, works like a bar band, hopes like folk singers, sings love songs like union songs, writes union songs like love songs, wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time.”   7:00 - 8:00
Battle-Ska Galactica ska gallactica  

Battle-Ska Galactica have been working overtime, skankin’ it on dance floors up and down the country, re-establishing the popularity of Ska music in New Zealand with a vengeance, one rude boy and girl at a time. With an infectious mix of reggae, jazz, rock and of course Jamaican and 2-Tone Ska, this band is guaranteed to get you up on your feet.

  5:30 - 6:30
 Django Schmango

Django Schmango 


Django Schmango are a gypsy swing band based in Nelson, these guys are collaborating to bring you some cheer and put a jig in your step. You will not be able to stop your feet from tapping or your body from moving! Gypsy jazz done to perfection with verve, skill and an obvious pleasure that’s irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike.

       2:30 - 3:30
 Not Bruce Willis

not bruce willis


Originating within the band 'Mojo', Dan Kendrick, Clive Garlick and Rhys Clarke are now known as 'Not Bruce Willis'. The name originated when they were discussing possible options, when Clive's wife said, "well, not Bruce Willis..." - and that was it, it stuck! They will be performing songs written by Dan who is promising a mix of "eclectic rock" which draws on everything from Irish Folk, Latin, Disco, Funk and Reggae. 

  4.00 - 5.00


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