The 2018 Festival saw a combination of local Marlborough acts alongside some of the biggest names in the New Zealand music scene.
The NZ ALL-STARS, played at THE MARLBOROUGH FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL as our main act in 2018.
They performed the hit show, MARLEY: CELEBRATE THE LEGEND, which is endorsed directly by the Marley family and featured 15 of your favourite kiwi stars playing the hits of Bob Marley.
Some of New Zealand’s biggest artists are part of this homage to one of the greatest influences on NZ music. Tiki Taane, Fran Kora, Boh Runga, Anna Coddington and Joel Shadbolt each take the lead vocals in one or more songs including Get Up Stand Up, 3 Little Birds, Stir It Up, Redemption Song, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Buffalo Soldier, Punky Reggae Party, Exodus, No Woman No Cry, One Love and many many more.
They are backed by the amazing NZ All-Stars band, featuring Grenville Bell, guitar, Hani Totorewa, keys (both past members of Katchafire); Fran Kora, bass and vocals (Kora), Stu Kora, guitar and keys (Kora); Ara Adams-Tamatea, bass (L.A.B), Lucien Johnson, sax and Barrett Hocking, trumpet (both from The Black Seeds); Paul Russell, drums (Stomp and Supergroove); Joel Shadbolt, guitar (L.A.B) and Shelton Woolright, guest drums (I Am Giant, Blindspott), with Boh Runga and Anna Coddington also completing the band on backing vocals.
The result is a powerful and infectious show that is guaranteed to get you grooving in the afternoon sun!
Entertainment – Main Stage
The 808 Jazz Collective
Previously known as The 808 Quartet, this group is no newcomer to the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival stage. Performing in 2017 with George Young on guitar, Jonty Zydenbos on trumpet, Jack McRae on drums, Aidan Brown on bass and jazz maestro Tony Thiel on keyboard, their lineup has grown in 2018 with the addition of local wunderkind composer and flugel enthusiast Kodi Rasmussen. Catch the 808 Jazz Collective on the 2018 Festival’s main stage for an eclectic assortment of funk and jazz fusion complemented by out-there instrumentation such as the didgeridoo.
Marlborough Jazz Quartet
Acclaimed Marlborough jazz group and Dodson Street Beer Garden regulars, The Marlborough Jazz Quartet, are taking to the stage at the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival for the first time in 2018. Made up of Coral Thiel on vocals, Peter Ehrlich on tenor sax, Jack McRae on drums and Tony Thiel on piano, The Marlborough Jazz Quartet offers a variety of upbeat jazz, from world music to bebop to standards.
Midge McCleary, a long-established musician on New Zealand’s acoustic scene, has teamed up with Marlborough-based Australian drummer Dean Vitale to produce a high-powered, upbeat funk roots blues duo who have been gaining recognition around New Zealand for their energetic live shows.
Kaylee Bell is an accomplished young modern country singer who delivers a strong country music voice, paired with an energetic live show that channels the likes of icons Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood. Kaylee was invited to perform #1 US single We Were Us with Keith Urban on his Light the Fuse Tour of Australia in 2014, and again on his 2016 ripCORD World Tour in Wellington. Bell was a supporting act for the Dixie Chicks on their world tour in New Zealand at Mission Estate in April 2017.
Sweet Mix Kids
New Zealand-based DJ/production duo Sweet Mix Kids have played at some of the world’s coolest parties and clubs including Coachella, Wanderlust and Rhythm & Vines. Their DJ sets incorporate electronic drums and samplers and live instruments to mix every genre into flamboyant live performances.
The NZ All-Stars will perform the hit show, Marley: Celebrate the Legend, which is endorsed directly by the Marley family. The show features 15 of your favourite kiwi stars playing the hits of Bob Marley. This homage to one of the greatest influences on New Zealand music features Tiki Taane, Fran Kora, Boh Runga, Anna Coddington and Joel Shadbolt. Backed by the NZ All-Stars Band, each artist takes the lead vocals in one or more songs including Get Up Stand Up, 3 Little Birds, Stir It Up, Redemption Song, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Buffalo Soldier, Punky Reggae Party, Exodus, No Woman No Cry, One Love and many more. The result is a powerful and infectious show that is guaranteed to get you grooving in the afternoon sun!
Puree have been Christchurch’s premier covers band for many years and have developed an impressive repertoire of hits from the 1950s to today. With saxophone, guitar, drums and both male and female vocalists, there is certainly something for everyone. If you like to dance, you’re going to love Puree!
Entertainment – Acoustic Stage
Vanuatu String Band
The boys are RSE workers for Vinepower, most of the boys are returnees who come been coming back to NZ now for 3 years. They come from different islands from around Vanuatu. They come together every summer season to play and sing. They perform traditional island music.
Sarah is a Marlborough local, born and bred in Blenheim. During her career thus far, she has recorded two full-length studio albums (one Self-Titled, and the Great Heart Robbery – both supported by NZ On Air); released five music videos (including that one shot in Paris); won the Juice TV Music Video of the Year Award in 2006; recorded alongside the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; been on three national tours as a solo-performer with her band; and played with nearly every kiwi artist you can name (except for maybe Shihad, she says).
Marlborough Jazz Quartet
Keeping you entertained on both the Main Stage and International stage, the Marlborough Jazz Quartet will provide perfect music for the Festival!
Marlborough Brass Band
Heather Jameson Jazz
A broad spectrum of jazz for all occasions. Typically, they play a genre they like to call ‘slinky’