The Finale! 27th May at Sir Howard Morrison Performance Art Center, Fenton St

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The Finale

NZ Music Month Rotorua is concluding with live music on the 27th of May with the final and last show at Sir Howard Morrison Performance Art Centre. The event will take place in the smaller Concert Chamber and is sponsored by The Rogue Stage, Rotorua Lakes Council and Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

There is two parts to the event –  an early concert from 6pm to 7.30pm open to all public and free of charge and then a second concert, which is ticketed and will start at 8pm.

The first concert will host local bands from Rotorua – The Intricate Melody, Steamrolller and John Hamilton Trio. It is a full band line-up with a full sound. Invitation is open to all to come and have a look and a listen.

The later concert will host local and guest artists – Lloyd Akroyd (local), False Heights (local), Waiariki Students, Rio Hemopo (guest), Ed Zuccollo (guest) and Justin Firefly (guest).

150 tickets will go on sale and can be bought online from, starting next week. Flava Radio is running the promotion for the event. Tune in and listen for their daily promotion and ways to enter for ticket give-aways.

Listen here:

Justin Firefly

Ed Zuccollo

Rio Hemopo



Dave Alley at Sequoia Eatery Rotorua!

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Dave Alley is a NZ fingerstyle guitarist, percussionist, writer, composer and singer. A genre defying artist whose mostly acoustic guitar based music stems from roots, world, blues, rock, reggae, funk, folk and south pacific styles.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience great live original music at the fine bistro of Stacey and Sheldon, the Sequoia Eatery Rotorua.  You can order tapas beforehand and book a table, ready to enjoy the live music concert starting from 8pm.

Tickets are sold here on this website and also at the venue. They are $10 each.

Listen and read more here

French for Rabbits & Fraser Ross Band 7th May

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Rotorua FOR WEB

7th of May a very exciting concert is taking place at the very unique Te Runanga Tea Rooms, Government Gardens, Rotorua. A building with so much history, restored so beautifully and with the perfect acoustics is available for the second installment of our NZ Music Month Rotorua events.

Please join us tomorrow form 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm.

Tickets can be bought directly from my site, or tomorrow evening on the door.

$15 General Admission Unwaged // $20 General Admission

Tea & Happiness NZ (my pop up cafe) is running a cash bar and nibbles/light snacks.

I look forward to seeing you, any queries, please ring me 02102381057 or Barry 0226441778.

Warm regards,


NZ Music Month Rotorua May 2016

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Next week!! NZ Music Month Rotorua is in full swing!

(I m still catching up from Waiotapu Folk Festival)

1st May – Jazz at the Arawa Park, Rotorua RacecourseThe Twin City Stompers from Hawkes Bay
4th May – BOP Blues Club Meet at Abracadabra Cafe & Bar
5th May – The Frank Burkitt Band (duo Frank Burkitt and James Geluk) at Te Runanga Tea Rooms
7th May – French for Rabbits & Fraser Ross at Te Runanga Tea Rooms
10th May – Recording opportunities with Coro Sonic LabMatt Sephton
13th May – Dave Alley at Sequoia Eatery Rotorua
20th May – Local & Live at Lava Bar Rotorua
21st May – Drum Workshop with Upbeat at Musicworks Rotorua

27th May – The Finale at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre withMario Hemopo-Hunuki, Ed Zuccollo and Justin Firefly.
29th May – Workshop at Waiariki Institute of Technology with Mario Hemopo-Hunuki, Ed Zuccollo and Justin Firefly

More to be announced ……

Some are ticketed, some are koha and some are free entry.

Kindly supported by Rotorua Lakes Council, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and The Rogue Stage

See for tickets or follow NZ Music Month Rotorua for updates about how to get your passes or how to register for workshops. Please note tickets for 27th May will be available through

Listen here:

French for Rabbits

Frank Burkitt Band

Dave Alley

Rio Hemopo

Justin Firefly

Ed Zuccollo

Any questions or queries, please contact Karin Vincent – NZ Music Month Rotorua Coordinator –


#waiotapu #folk #fest 2016 – 22 to 25 April

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The Rogue Stage Presents: Waiotapu Folk Festival 2016WFF 2016 Full program.JPGA great weekend is in store 22 to 25 April. Right here, in the Kaingaroa Forest, off SH5, on the same road as where you find the healing waters of Kerosene Creek, you find Waiotapu – Sacred Waters. ‘Music in the woods’ presented with old fashioned charm, original contemporary NZ & International live music, community art, vocal and dance workshops, children & family engagement and huge doses of love!

A line-up stretching from south island country to glacial pop from Wellington to K Rd slam poetry. Artists like Adam McGrath, The Bollands, Tourettes, Will Wood, Glass Vaults, James Kenyon, Jonny Avery, Monty Bevins, Nikita Tu-Bryant, Scarlett Eden and local Rotorua band, Zen, are all performing their songs live for you to enjoy! Altogether we have 22 acts and 18 hrs of live music over 3 days. For a full list of artists and links to their music, visit the event page here.

The festival will also feature live art from local Rotorua artist, Francis Hamon, playful adventure activities from Warwick Lilley, children’s activities with Ally Rogers (Lantern Ally). Back to back yoga from Jenny Lux & Hollie Beaumont and delicious organic #raw food from Raw Balance NZ. New this year are Vocal and Dance workshops, learning together and creative positive future communities.

Tickets are reasonably priced and it includes all the workshops on offer. Buy your festival passes online by following this link:

If Paypal is not your thing, I have loaded it onto Eventfinder to make it easier for you:


The Retro Poets

April Nesbit and Ash – False Heights

The Township Kwelas

Dodo Duo

Nikita Tu Bryant


Scarlett Eden

Adam McGrath

Jonny Avery

Heart of Katherine NZ

Tom Cunliffe

Will Wood

Dominic Hoey – Tourettes

The Bollands


Penni Feather

Jerseybob and Our Monika


Tui Mamaki

Looking for Alaska

Monty Bevins

James Kenyon and Luke Richardson

Greg Malcolm

Glass Vaults


WFF 2016 Gate timesAny questions or queries, please contact Karin at or phone 02102381057 //  Barry 0226441778.

See you there, big hugs, Karin:)