Liam Finn’s music has evolved over the course of his nomadic solo career, absorbing the nuances and energy of the multitude of stages he has played on across the globe.
Always an engaging and ever-changing live performer, Liam put together his band "Dream Team” to perform his third record, The Nihilist, around the globe during 2014. 2015 saw him creating and collaborating with directors Anthony & Alex on a perfilmance-art piece entitled ‘Success’ which debuted at Melbourne’s ACMI theatre. He is currently in the midst of finishing his first collaborative album with father Neil.
One of New Zealand's finest songwriters, Lawrence Arabia delivers wry observations of contemporary life in deftly arranged pop vignettes. His new album ‘Absolute Truth’ is full of the sparkling pop melodies that have delighted an ever-expanding audience, and some distinctly sonic flourishes, adding to an already richly satisfying songbook, and providing another chapter in the story of this unique and cherished artist. Singer of songs, teller of tall tales, beloved entertainer par excellence – Lawrence Arabia; every bit as good as he ought to be.
Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes
Widely regarded as one of the finest live acts in the country, Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes are a ten-piece ensemble dedicated to the performance of their lead singer's originally-penned rhythm and soul repertoire. Essentially the AC/DC of jazz, the band sets the bar for thrilling, inspired live performance. Since the release of their top-ten charting debut album, the Babyshakes have indulged audiences at Camp a Low Hum, On The Lawn, Chronophonium, Splore and at select venues befitting of their exhilarating live set.
Minisnap evolved as the dark pop duo of Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean, recording and occasionally stepping out live with computer driven beats and beds of backing music. It wasn’t long before fellow member of the Bats, Malcolm Grant, was called in to drum and soon after Marcus Winstanley joined to lend some extra guitar. Magic Marker, a Portland, Oregon based indie label released Minisnap’s first album, Bounce Around in 2008, and over the last few years Minisnap have performed a handful of live shows in NZ, USA and the UK. In 2016 Minisnap added a 5th member, Mikey Summerfield on viola, and it is this incarnation that will play at Nostalgia 2017.
A richness of voice; a depth of emotion; wisdom beyond her years; Nadia Reid has claimed her place as one of New Zealand’s most evocative and profound young songwriters.
With youth spent in the company of folk clubs and the indie scene of Dunedin and Christchurch, Reid has garnered a reputation among her peers for her penetrating songs belying her young age. She presents a maturity that reflects on love and life’s blazes with a measure of intricacy and courage within the melancholy.
Beginning as a bedroom project for Edward Castelow in 2006. When independent radio found favourites in his music a live band was put together. Today they have several albums behind them as well as many NZ and Australian tours. They offer up fuzzy guitar pop with largely vintage influences but a huge love for the future.
A Christchurch based singer/songwriter by way of Golden Bay. Matthews writes unique, considered, lyrics-focused folk-pop offerings, with her band lending an upbeat ambiance to the songs. Matthews recently released her first single ‘Voices” which is off her debut album Little Queen due for release in early 2017.
A natural born folk singer. She writes lyrics straight from her heart to yours. She has been performing and composing for over a decade, and during this time has played throughout New Zealand, and also performed in Texas.
Established at the end of 2012 in Christchurch, The Salad Boys perform a wondrous assault: a charged up blitz of clanging guitars, intoxicating drones, head-down acid repetition and an abundance of dazzling pop hooks. Their reputation has scored the group a wealth of engagements up and down New Zealand.