Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska ‘Calling Out’ Single Release Tour w/Albi & the Wolves – 12 May

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Rogue Stage Presents



Looking For Alaska are hitting the road this April in support of their new single “Calling Out,” bringing their tight harmonies and upbeat pop-folk to audiences around New Zealand.

Looking For Alaska offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre, intensified by their magnetic on-stage chemistry.

Having previously performed as a duo and 5-piece band, they have now refined their sound to a hard-hitting trio. They will be returning to Rotorua for the first time since 2017 with their collection of original material, ranging from thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs, to poignant heart-rending ballads drenched in melancholy.


Photo credit Steve Molloy

Joining them for this show are special guests Albi & The Wolves. An amazing 3 piece from Auckland, they play folk music, but not as you know it. No strangers to Rotorua themselves, they have had a stellar year that has seen them perform in Australia and win the Tui for Folk Album of the year and are excited to be returning to Rotorua for what promises to be an amazing night.

Doors open at 7.30pm, with music starting at 8pm. Tickets are $15 presale, $20 on the door. Pre-sale tickets available online from Eventfinda.

Calling Out Review – http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/86629/looking-for-alaska-single-review-calling-out


Looking for Alaska

Albi & the Wolves

Wairakei Folk Festival // WFF 2017!

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The Rogue Stage presents, in conjunction with Lava Glass Taupo, Jerseybob and Raw Balance NZ, an evening of exquisite live folk music hosted in the magnificent glass sculpture garden of Lava Glass Taupo.
Throughout the day you can enjoy live music from local and international artists performing in the purpose built amphitheater situated at the venue. The soundshell stage, with pond and water feature, is a visual compliment to all events. Lighting up at night, creating an ambient vibe, this will add the final touches to what will be an amzing evening! There is ample seating on the grassy tiered steps for 350 people to comfortably enjoy the music. (Bring your own cushions and blanket please.)

WFF 2017 line-up!

The Bollandshttp://thebollands.com/
Always on the road, New Zealand folk duo, The Bollands, have been singing their infectious foot stomping folk songs since 2011. With their love of travel, music, good friends & fine wine, they have gained a reputation for their passion-filled live shows and heartfelt folk tunes. Their energetic music stems from their upbringing in the folk and roots music scenes in small towns and folk clubs throughout New Zealand. Christian, a hairy folk singer, met Joyce, the not so hairy pianist, at a campfire jam on a remote beach in their home country, New Zealand. They clicked instantly. Since that fate-filled night, they have been playing their passion-filled songs on the road throughout the world. For the past few years Joyce and Christian have been based in Hong Kong touring constantly.

“It’s honest songwriting…with a very unpretentious feel. Traditional motifs are delivered in a modern fashion with relaxed confidence, a cohesive vibe and some great harmonies.” – NZ Musician

Bob Vincent aka Jerseybob  – https://www.reverbnation.com/jerseybob

For those of you who have been lucky to be charmed by his rich voice, poignant lyrics and melodic harmonies need no introduction to this extraordinary and talented musician, but for those who still feel unsure whether its worth to abandon the couch for….

He has played in some great venues, up and down the country. That means South Island too, including Stewart Island. Bars, cafes, clubs, pubs, streets, house concerts, gardens, beaches, floating pontoons, bowls, ferries, stages, you name it, Bob probably has done it. He regularly amps the crowd at the Mussel Inn, Oneka, a legendary venue with some legendary local brew and home to the Captain Cooker, down in Golden Bay. I think he has a standing extended everlasting invitation by the owner!

He has shared the limelight in NZ with Luke Hurley (NZ artist featured on the ‘Insatiable Moon’ sound track), Panda (USA), Midge McCleary (NZ) and Stu O’Connor (UK). All favourites on the live music scene. NZ-landers have seen Jerseybob play and perform his music for the last 10 years and steadily he has built a group of faithful followers. Some so dedicated, following in his trail to the next stage.

Jerseybob has his own unique style, fusing folk inspired tunes with his quick witted tongue. A blend he has stamped as Folkcomedy. His songs tell tales, from here and from far far away. Tales of love ‘Simple Love Song’, death ‘My Mum’s Mum’, age ‘Wish List’, an old house ‘This Old House’ and living by the sea ‘Ebb and Flow’. He is a man with a gentle soul and he shares his truths so openly and trustingly. His fingers run up and down the familiar fretboard ‘McCleary’s Womb’, as if on a mad coffee rush, pulsating to a deep earthy rhythm, or they just dance ever so gently ‘This One’s for Nibs’. You get more than just a regular guy playing guitar nicely, you get a vibe, a heartbeat, a moment you definitely want to be part of.

You get more than just a regular guy playing guitar nicely, you get a vibe, a heartbeat, a moment you definitely want to be part of. His wife Monika has now joined him on Cajon and adds a driving beat to the acoustic sounds. She also adds a much more attractive look to the worn out troubadours weathered face.. LOL

 Lloyd Akroyd – https://soundcloud.com/lloydakroydmusic

Singer song writer working musician from Rotorua, A blend of Rock,pop,blues/jazz & funk.

Looking for Alaska – http://www.lookingforalaska.co.nz/

Like two weary vagabonds hitch-hiking along the open road with nothing but a guitar and a suitcase of songs and wayward memories, pop-folk duo Looking For Alaska are ready to set the New Zealand folk scene alight.

Members Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre, intensified by their magentic on-stage chemistry. The duo’s familiarity, closeness and authenticity is fuelled by their real-life romance, creating a magnetic performance style that captivates their audience time and time again, and has seen them open for the likes of Fly My Pretties and Herbs, and as a featured act at the Auckland Folk Festival.Having performed together extensively since they bonded during a recording assignment at music school in 2012, Aaron and Amy embarked upon their newest musical endeavour Looking For Alaska two years ago, and have since worked tirelessly to create a collection of original material, ranging from thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs, to poignant heart-rending ballads drenched in melancholy.

Accompanied by their band, Looking For Alaska have recently emerged from Roundhead Studios where they have recorded their debut album, set for release in October 2016, and accompanied by a nationwide tour.


More acts to be announced soon!

Food, drinks and bar:

Enjoy food from Lava Glass Cafe or from the food trucks parked in the grounds. Lava Glass Cafe is fully licenced, stocking a variety of local wines and beer, including non-alcoholic beverages such as specialty coffees and teas. Eftpos available at Lava Glass Cafe and both food trucks – Raw Balance and Tea n Happiness.

A little bit of history behind WFF
In 2014 The Rogue Stage, a nomad live music theater created by Karin and Barry Vincent from Rotorua, hosted the first of three annual folk festivals at a scout camp near Kerosene Creek. From its inauguration 3 years ago, the Waiotapu Folk Festival has gained a reputation among musicians and music lovers as a festival designed for the attentive listener. Audiences are left spell bound and amazed by the live music presented by artists such as Great North, Bernie Griffen, Adam McGrath, Lonesome Pines (Flora Knight, Ben Woolley, Hannah Harding), Archer, Glass Vaults, Matiu Te Huki, The Bitter Years, Bondstreet Bridge, Lloyd Akroyd, Juan los Bastardos, James Kenyon, Callum Gentleman, Albi (from Albi and the Wolves), Hugh McGinlay, Tourettes, Will Wood, Greg Malcolm and Jenny Ward, Katy Cable, Sonic Delusion, Jerseybob and much much more.
In 2017 we decided to move the festival closer to Taupo, giving the opportunity for Taupo music lovers to experience this unique boutique festival. As it is held in Wairakei, we also decided to keep WFF alive as Wairakei Folk Festival.

Tickets are $30 per adult, $5 for 3 to 13 yr old, $12 for teens 13 to 16, $22 for students and OAP. Family tickets $55 (2 adults and 3 children up to age 13)
Tickets can be bought at Raw Balance NZ and My Music in Taupo or at Musicworks Rotorua. Please pre-order tickets at theroguestage@gmail.com for collection if you require other than single adult tickets.
Contact details:
Karin Vincent 02102381057 or theroguestage@gmail.com,
Barry Vincent 0226441778 or Bob Vincent 0224112889

The Rogue Stage Folk Music Festival 27-29 March

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The Rogue Folk Festival is happening again in March 2015
A celebration of folk music and the joy of giving!
The festival is held in Kaingaroa Forest at a forest school camp near Kerosene Creek, Waiotapu, Rotorua. It is 3 hrs drive from Auckland, less than an hour from Taupo. It is secluded and for the Folk Music Festival it becomes like a little village. Musicians are traveling from Lyttelton, Christchurch, Auckland, Coromandel, Hamilton, Taupo, Australia and Rotorua to be part of this boutique little festival. This is the second year of its existence and it is growing fast in popularity. Tickets are limited to 200 this year.Waiotapu Forest School camp is located behind Rainbow Mountain. It has basic facilities – flushing loos, hot showers, cabins and sites for camping. It can host 150 people comfortably. Cabins vary from single berth to 6 berth. 12 single berths and 12 six berth cabins. (Please arrange with me directly – use email below).Food & drink – BYO – no glass

There are gas BBQ facilities and a kitchen with a freezer to keep your food cold. The kitchen will be used by a kitchen team to cook meals which can be shared by donation. Meals like pizza, bread & salad rolls, curries, dahls n rice. A kitchen team member is a chef with commercial food service experience.

On site there will be a food truck – Raw Balance NZ from Taupo which was hugely popular last year. Super delicious healthy treats!

Coffee by Roberto, the best coffee with a smile.

A fruit stall for healthy treats.

You can also cook and prepare your own meals on site. There is washing up stations away from the kitchen which you are welcome to use.


Nearby – Kerosene Hot Pools, Whirinaki mountain bike trails, Rainbow Mountain summit walk, Waiotapu Tavern, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Hot n Cold hot pools, Waikite Valley, Waipa Mountainbike tracks and Rotorua is 30kms north of the camp.

At the camp – a stream for cooling off (beware its ice cold!), lawns for garden games, ample space for relaxing and catching up with friends. Bring your garden toys like nets and bats and lets have a match!

New to the festival –
enjoy a massage and holistic healing experience from reflexologist Kirstin Whittaker,
strong man yoga on Saturday morning 8am by Ian MacPherson,
kids and adult yoga by Jenny Lux,
adventure children activities by Wok Lilley (flying fox deluxe and bungi biscuit)
arts and lantern making by talented Ally Rogers – Light up Rotorua and many other Bay of Plenty lantern festivals
face painting (for children and adults) by the very talented Miss Piksee Jay (face painting koha donation please).

Also new to the festival is David Merritt from Landroverfarm Press. Stories and poetry for the cultured ear. Or an invitation to hear yours?

The line-up of NZ & Australian folk artists at the festival:


Chris Webber, John Hamilton, Bridie Witton, Ellis Carrington, Sarah Ziessen, Riley Claxton, Ian Pirrie and his band Intricate Melody, Bob Vincent, Lloyd Akroyd and his band 5th Sun, Chris Duff and more!


Looking For Alaska NZ (Tokoroa) – footstomping originals and covers from Hamilton local duo. Finalists in Boot Camp at Vector Arena 2014

Kyle Taylor (Geelong) – stories from a traveling man – thoughtful lyrics, smooth vocals and sweet guitar

Sonic Delusion (Taranaki) – electro funk three piece – percussion, loop, bass and piano

Zvi Music (Hamilton) – soulful lyrics, fingerstyle guitar, voice that lifts

Hugh McGinlay (Melbourne) – storytelling lyrics, beautiful harmonies, down right good Aussie humor

Archer (Melbourne) – old time folk, a singer sing song man, sounds like he is more at home in 1936

Lonesome Pine Special (Lyttelton) – old time folk trio with three prominent Lyttelton musicians Flora Knight (from The Eastern), Hannah Harding (Aldous Harding) and Ben Woolley (Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson, Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers)

Bernie Griffen & Kirsten Warner (Auckland) – swamp/mangroove blues/alt country

Eyreton Hall (Auckland) – female folk, old english inspired tunes

Callum Gentleman (Auckland) – our midnight poet with stories from the underworld

Tui Folk Album of the Year 2013 & 2014 winners:

Great North (Auckland) – vocal harmonies, al capella, canvas painting one line lyrics from Hayden Donnell and Rebecca Donnell

Sound engineer: Matt Sephton from Coro Sonic Lab

DJ sets from Matt Rapid who rocked us way in to the small hours of the night last year.

Camping $5 per person per night
Cabins $5 per person per night sharing a 6 berth cabin, otherwise $30 per night if you want to book the whole cabin to yourself. Check availability first with Karin at theroguestage@gmail.com

Children are welcome. This is a family festival. Children under 12 are free of charge per one paying adult. Children 12 to 18 $10.

Dogs welcome, if you promise to clean up afterwards and keep it safely on a lead.

There are two ways to get there:

Take the SH5 to Taupo. Turn off at SH38 to Murupara and look out for The Rogue Folk Music Festival signs. The road is called Waikokomuka Road and used to be the old unsealed road to Murupara in the good old days. This is the longest and most difficult way to get there.

From SH5 look out for Old Waiotapu Road after Rainbow Mountain. It is unsealed. It is also where you will find Kerosene Creek, the best free hot pools in Rotorua. There is also a gate that is locked at all times. As the person responsible for access to the forest through this gate, the gate will be open at certain times:

Friday: 4pm to 8pm
Saturday: 11am til 2pm

Please email me, Karin, theroguestage@gmail.com with any questions you may have. This event requires prior booking.

You must register either at Eventbrite throughtheroguestage.wordpress.com or via Undertheradar.com. Cash Sale tickets are available from Musicworks Rotorua, each with their own unique bar code. Limited or no gate sales. Only by prior arrangement – 02102381057