2018 Music Line-up

Great live music is always a big feature of MarchFest. The strong line-up for 2018 includes


*Running order and timings subject to change, check the Marchfest app on the day for up-to-date info!

Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand’s foremost jazz and soul musicians, having worked with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloos. Hollie’s movie soundtrack single ‘Bathe in The River’ topped the Kiwi charts to become one of the biggest singles in New Zealand history. Known as the ‘the reigning queen of Aotearoa soul’, her last album ‘Water or Gold’ sits squarely in jazz and soul realms, and yet, it’s also one her most daring, as she inches into new territory – rollicking rock and blues. 

Weird Together

Weird Together represents a seamless blend of organic music discovery and collaboration. New Zealand radio host/DJ/music connoisseur Nick Dwyer, in tandem with legendary Auckland-based UK producer/DJ Dick “Magik” Johnson are at the helm curating the group’s eclectic sound. The two had a fortuitous recording session where they experimented with music that Nick collected on his worldly travels fronting the National Geographic TV series about global music culture — Making Tracks. Ethiopian jazz records, contemporary club from Ghana’s streets of Accra, plus dance music from the Caribbean and South America found their way into the studio and Weird Together was born.

Mel Parsons

Award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons is well recognised as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars.  Mel is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story. Her unique style simmers somewhere between indie/folk and alt/country, and her shows are as memorable for the spine tingling songs as for Parsons’ dry banter delivery in between.

The Immigrants

Like the first settlers themselves, The Immigrants each arrived in Nelson looking to build something new. Time and travel have hardened their original country rock stylings into twisted pop rock nuggets of golden sound that veer intoxicatingly from profane acoustic guitar lullabies to throbbing pysch workouts.


The Miltones

Meet The Miltones: an Auckland-based band gaining attention locally for the mesmerizing voice of Milly Tabak, who serves as the group’s frontwoman, with the supportive chops and solos of lead guitarist, Liam Pratt. So far, the band has supported singer-songwriter, Jamie Lawson, toured with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band on their recent visit to New Zealand, and open for Melbourne-based group Skyscraper Stan and The Commission Flats at the Auckland Americana Festival in 2016. “A band that’s driven by strong lyrics and not by gimmicks is a band that deserves to stand the test of time. The Miltones are that band.” – Rip It Up

Sonic Delusion

Too funky for folk and too folky for funk – that’s Sonic Delusion’s Latin-infused, pop-laced “funky electroacoustic folk”.  Sonic Delusion’s frontman Andre Manella uses his well-worn loop pedal to spontaneously create layers of rhythm, tone and vocals. The Swiss-Kiwi electro-folk raconteur “easily carves out his own unapologetically ambitious and intriguingly experimental sound”.“Catchy loops invite plenty of dancing and hip swaying… a sensual delight to the ears”.

Jöel Fafard

Award-winning guitarist Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new generation bluesman.  He tells his hilarious between-song stories with the confidence of a late show host delivering his monologue.

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