The 2019 Winter Festival boasts a huge line up of talented artists this year, performing across multiple locations including The Bathhouse Stage, The Sherwood, Queenstown Memorial Centre and Coronet Peak. There is something for everyone this year, with everything from kiwi icons Trinity Roots and Ladi6, to Aussie time traveller Hot Dub Time Machine and drum and base legends Flowidus.
Check out some of the must-see acts and get your tickets for ticketed shows now!
Trinity Roots & Ladi6
Thursday, 20 June 6:00pm – 9:00pm
What better way to kick off 2019’s winter than with some of NZ’s favourite music on the Bathhouse Stage!
The legendary Trinity Roots embody Aotearoa in its entirety, expressing home, land and sea like no other kiwi band can. Their career spans a lifetime and with a brief hiatus between 2005 - 2011 we can’t wait to have them on the Winter Fest stage, experiencing the surge of rhythm that they exude.
Following these kiwi icons, we have our soul Queen - Ladi6. Undoubtedly New Zealand’s premier female vocalist MC, Ladi6 is renowned for her enigmatic and unique live performances. Our hip hop/soul and RnB Queen closes the Bath House stage tonight and brings what will be a truly magical evening to an end.
L.A.B and Mitch James
Friday, 21 June 7:00pm – 9:00pm
If you’ve seen L.A.B. live before, you’ll know this is a no brainer. A combination of Katchafire, Kora and the mighty vocals of Joel Shadbolt (Batacuda Sound Machine) - L.A.B. are absolute powerhouses. No stranger to a festival stage, the band’s energetic soulful rock rhythms will carry across Lake Wakatipu with exceptional melodies that will stick with you for days.
Following L.A.B., the nation’s sweetheart Mitch James will take to the stage. Opening for Ed Sheeran in Dunedin quickly motivated a national tour and a helluva lotta love. Taking the charts by storm with his huge singles ‘21’ and ‘Move on’, online sensation Mitch has fast become a bonafide Kiwi superstar. This will be the last chance to catch Mitch James live on his sold out New Zealand tour.
Supporting these heavyweights tonight we have local heroes The Cellar Doors, and Wellington's Richter City Rebels. Oh, and don’t forget those festival fireworks!
Friday, 21 June 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Adam McGrath, lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band The Eastern, returns again to the state highways and byways of these long isles as part of his ‘Ragged Ramble’ Tour. His Queenstown Winter Festival show in the Workshop at Sherwood is set to be rather special.
Described by influential country magazine No Depression as “One of the best modern roots acts from any country period”, by the NZ Herald as “NZ’s toughest minded songwriter” and by Radio NZ National as a “National Treasure”, an Adam McGrath show is primed and proud to reach your heart, head and boots.
He’s toured and played with everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Steve Earle to Paul Kelly to Old Crow Medicine Show and many, many more, Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as “The truth”.
Make sure you're there, buy your tickets here.
Saturday Dunedin Sounds
Saturday, 22 June 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Come down to the Bathhouse Stage on the beach to enjoy a select cut of Dunedin bands - Mamazita, Lacuna, Soaked Oats and Jack Berry - taking on Queenstown.
Starting us off on stage tonight we have Lacuna and Mamazita - both creating an amazing impact onto the scene and starting to get an array of festivals under their collective belts.
Bold colours and dancing beats cut nicely through the grizzly cold of the NZ winter, warming the bones with pop & rock’n’roll rhythms delivered by Soaked Oats who are absolutely smashing their tour dates around New Zealand before taking their tour to Aussie.
Jack Berry is Dunedin born-and-bred Damin McCabe’s smooth, laid-back, guitar-pop alias. Combining swirling guitars, trap-esque drums, and infectious basslines, Jack Berry will take you straight back to that lazy Sunday in the grass.
Audiology Presents a Night of Drum & Bass ft Flowidus
Saturday, 22 June 8:00pm – Sunday, 23 June 1:00am
Queenstown Memorial Centre
NZ’s premium drum and bass brand makes its way into beautiful Queenstown with a one-off show featuring Dnb superstars Flowidus. Flowidus have had a run of sold out NZ shows since blowing up on George FM in 2018, and you’ll be one of the first to hear their brand new EP at this event!
The duo, originally from Raglan and Perth, burst onto the scene in 2016 and have since gained support from the likes of Friction, Pendulum and Andy C as well as collaborating with legends such as Tiki Tane.
Get planning your night out, but first, tickets are available here.
Hot Dub Time Machine
Sunday, 23 June 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Nope, the fun is not over yet. We bring you Australia’s favourite party - Hot Dub Time Machine for a final knees up in our Winter Festival Sunday Session. our very own Murry Sweetpants will be on support for this one, so get in early.
Since first launching his time-travelling, ‘dance-through-the-decades’ audio-visual party concept, Hot Dub Time Machine has grown into an absolute monster. Hot Dub has floored crowds at Coachella, sold out the biggest shows that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has ever seen and completely obliterated the Australian festival scene.
Hot Dub showcases songs from every decade and genre of music - 60s rock, 70s disco, 80s cheese, 90s house, noughties, electro, recent bangers - and winds and weaves it into one expansive, electrifying, music history lesson. Each song is played in chronological order - mixed live on turntables - and complemented with archival concert and video footage led by Hot Dub’s own rapturous MCing and hugely animated antics.
Ukes and The Nukes
Sunday, 23 June 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Throughout the week, The Nukes (Auckland) will be hosted by a number of local primary schools in the Queenstown area to run participatory workshops and shows. The finale of this project will be showcased with a mass performance featuring all of the schools for you in Earnslaw Park, so bring the whanau down (and maybe a blanket) to support our local children as they show off their new Ukelele and performance talents.
Following this, The Nukes take to the stage to present their high entertainment show that is part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash. The talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences love.