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By Stephen Heard
February 13, 2017
By Stephen Heard
February 13, 2017

One of summer's most alluring events is shaping up to be another goodie. Known for its eclectic music policy and advocacy of creative expression, Splore festival has once again delivered a lineup of intriguing acts— if the idea of beachside dancing and mid-ocean listening wasn't already enough...

Making her New Zealand debut at the 2017 event will be Sampa the Great with a full live band. The Australian singer is known for her innovative hybrid of hip hop and spoken word. Australian electro-pop duo GL will also make their New Zealand debut at the festival, while British reggae ska band The Dub Pistols and jungle music pioneers The Ragga Twins will make return appearances.

Having just performed as part of Red Bull Sound Select, Stones Throw Records affiliate and Los Angeles producer Egyptian Lover will perform a set of old school dance; hip hop producer Tall Black Guy will make his way from Detroit; and DJ/producer Nickodemus comes by way of the Big Apple.

Further acts include Skye and Ross of Morcheeba, UK rapper Lady Leshurr, California hip hop duo Blackalicious, underground hip hop artist Lateef the Truthspeaker, British beatboxer/comedian Beardyman, virtuoso Indian musicians The Maharaj Trio and Fat Freddy's Drop in their first Splore appearance in ten years.

Local acts include Pitch Black, sci-fi, spaghetti western band Carnivorous Plant SocietyWeird Together with their full live show, plus LatinaotearoaYoko-ZunaVilletteFrank BookerArohaGreg ChurchillDylan CDubheadSelecta Sam, and plenty more.

The festival's annual theme is a large part of the visual aesthetic. This year's open brief will encompass the theme of Strangely Familiar.


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