TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE!
20 FEBRUARY, 2021
ARTIST LINE UP 2021
Banks Peninsula Festival will play host to a wonderfully curated selection of premier Kiwi acts across two unique stages. The Main Stage for some of our brightest local sparks, and the Mark Banfield Stage which will surprise and delight those of us looking for something new.
The Butlers are a well-recognised and established five piece-act coming out of the deep-south surf suburb of Sumner in Christchurch, New Zealand and although their music sits in the surf-rock genre more than most, their music goes much deeper than that.
“To be honest, I can't really tell you how the sound was 'discovered' but once we decided to write and perform our own stuff it was all pretty clear between all of us that the genres we convey in our music were the ones we enjoy playing most and the ones that sound best,” - Walt Robberds - Vox/Guitar
With a mix of ‘milky’ guitars, layers of smooth saxophone, and multiple vocalists each singing songs as lead singers or sprinkling harmonies throughout songs, their unique and infectious sound is hard to pin down. From baritone ballads to smoky solo serenades, there's enough variety in their discography to always keep the listener wanting more.
“We've all got such different musical influences, which I guess translates to why we have heaps of genres threaded through the music, particularly in the new album.”
With all this on their side it’s no suprise that they’re in the midst of a whirlwind rise..
In the last 18 months alone they’ve consistently sold out nationwide tours, their self-titled debut album skyrocketed into the top-20 of the New Zealand Album Charts soon after it’s release, and they’ve played slots on every major festival across the country, as well as supporting some of the biggest acts in the game.
Staying independent has enabled the band to create their own sound, rather than being pressured to create music to suit the current climate. With this, they’ve carved out their own funky niche in the genre spectrum, and created a unique, creamy noise that is undoubtedly The Butlers.
You could say they have found their winning formula - setting themselves up to continue reaching further heights in years to come.
Singer-Songwriter, Noir Protagonist, Promotional Coyote, One-Man Band, Production Svengali. Part wandering minstrel, part traveling salesman, one foot on the stage and one in the road. 8 solo albums out and always one on the way. Over thirteen years of tireless touring across oceans and continents. Awards here. Collaborations there. A non-stop whirlwind.
One of the most distinctive figures in the NZ musical landscape is Delaney Davidson. Over a series of albums and compelling live performances he has presented his often jarring yet beautiful songs like some strange spook outlaw phantom, more at home walking through the pines at midnight under a full moon.
Well known for his hypnotic and original One man and his Ghost Orchestra show, enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Delaney Davidson both defines and commands his own unique realm in the shadowy musical world some call ‘Country-Noir’ or ‘Gothic Americana’.
NZ Arts Foundation Laureate Recipient 2015, Winner of the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards Country Album of the Year, Three-time winner of the APRA New Zealand Country Music Song Of The Year, 2012, 2013, 2014, Voodoo Rhythm One Man Band World Champion Zurich 2011, Saddest Song World Champion Berlin 2010.
His inspirations range from Hank Williams and Howlin’ Wolf to The Birthday Party, from Johnny Cash through Suicide to Buster Keaton. Reveling in the darker side of things, Davidson’s lyrical content dredges up classic murder ballads, songs with a deep insight into the human condition, and hypnotic trance takes on old blues classics. All liberally laced with an abiding sympathy for human quirks, failure, foibles and triumphs. His rumpled stage persona combines an unconventional and unforgettable voice with a wry and twisted sense of humor.
Mousey is a NZ based musician and songwriter. She was nominated for the APRA Silver Scroll award in 2019 for her first ever single 'Extreme Highs' and released her debut album in October 2019.
DEEP WATER CREEK
A meeting of some of the finest musical minds Otautahi has to offer. The Horrible come together to convey Violet French’s otherworldly songwriting. Blending traditional folksong with pop sensibilities, overdriven guitars, and healthy lashings of retro psychedelia.
The Horrible features some of Otautahis’ most cherished musicians, whose broad range of musical explorations, and expertise, make Violet French and The Horrible, irresistible.
VIOLET FRENCH & THE HORRIBLE
For the past few years, Christchurch musicians Marc Royal and Lorna Coll have been creating songs and crafting plans to bring their music vision, Volts to life.
The duo have finally penned a set of songs that have all their influences immersed and they are ready to deliver their musical story. Royal’s rock origins provide driving guitar riffs, paired with Colls unique vocals which soar from powerhouse rock through to emotive pop.
The group have been working recently with musical gurus and producers Andy & Victoria Knopp and have started production on their debut E.P. Their first official single Wild & Out is set to dominate the airwaves from December 2020.
Candice Milner - an indie folk-rock songwriter from the seemingly sleepy hollow that is the port town of Lyttelton. Sharing her organic gothic folk sound, Candice showcases her dark, sombre yet tender sounds through her poetic lyrics and gentle guitar.
"She showcases a strong range of sound and emotion, with some songs sombre and simple, reminiscent of Tiny Ruins and others more like Bannerman with fuller arrangements and bigger, catchier choruses." - NZ Musician Magazine
“Frequently evoking the thread of spiritual and romantic Anglofolk, Milner's spare acoustic melodies are enhanced by striking arrangements for strings and a “choir” of backing vocalists with her confident and clear voice at the centre of the frame.” – Elsewhere.co.nz
Dolphin Friendly established their name from the bands motivation to promote strong movement towards sustainability and social well-being, broadcasting their disregard for the degenerate systems and corporate mindsets destined to fuck the planet and its people through selfish greed and ignorance.
The band are known for their passionate voice that confronts those systems with a powerful message, something that is so ingrained in their music and live performance.
Dolphin Friendly pride themselves on providing high energy, heavy-hitting, wild, engaging, intimate live performances that are platformed on hard Rock N’ Roll antics unseen in the New Zealand music industry before. With a work hard, play harder attitude, their motion promotes an awakened message based on their passion for music that is delivered from the heart of living from the present, all with the intention to create a better world. The band endeavour to back this up by actively donating 10% of all their tour profits to disadvantaged individuals, communities, or relevant causes in need.
Within two years of the bands inception, they have charged the New Zealand music scene aggressively, having played some genuine feats such as Rhythm and Vines, Electric Avenue, Soundsplash, and opening for Kiwi and Aussie thumpers Shapeshifter, Lime Cordiale, Skegss, Bootleg Rascal, Jungle Giants, L.A.B and Mako Road.
PIECES OF MOLLY
Pieces Of Molly came to life after a chance meeting between founding members Ewen Glasgow and Doug Stewart. They quickly realised they both shared the same love of the riff, particularly of the sabbath nature. The two quickly began jamming the bones of what would become the first EP.
Supporting international acts such as Radio Moscow, 1000mods and Wo Fat along with New Zealand’s rock royalty The Datsuns, Head Like A Hole and Beastwars. Pieces Of Molly have cemented themselves as riff hypnotists of the highest order, mesmerising audiences with their fuzz laden riffs wherever they play.
Their latest single “Spirit Man” (available on digital platforms worldwide) features on the Rocks ‘Kiwi rock soundcheck’ and Radio Hauraki’s ‘Locals Only’. Spirit Man reached #15 on the official NZ hot singles charts
They have recently completed their ‘Spirit Man’ NZ tour as they prepare to head back into the studio.
“Pieces Of Molly hit all the right notes with their signature brand of rock n’ roll, taking cues from the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Motorhead. Primal rock n’ roll at it’s finest here folks, and it’ll have you screaming for more.” - Happy Mag.
PIECES OF MOLLY
KIMONO have hit the ground running. Their explosive live shows - filled with catchy lyrics, romantic ballads, face melting riffs, and tantalising grooves that get everyone onto the dance floor - have set them sailing in the indie rock scene with a strong course.
Off the back of several single releases such as My Girl and Smash this year so far, they’ve shared the stage with legends such as The Butlers, Dolphin Friendly, The Raddlers, and There’s a Tuesday, among others - and they’re not slowing down any time yet!
FOOD & BEVERAGE
A diverse and delicious selection of food and beverage vendors will be available throughout the event catering to all tastes. And our gorgeous teepee will be a foodies dream; celebrating some of the best culinary fare the region has to offer including cooking demonstrations, competition cook offs and more!
The Banks Peninsula Mystery Box Cook-Off is unique to the Banks Peninsula Festival. It consists of three stunning and mighty brave culinarily-blessed individuals challenged to create a dish from a mystery box of ingredients that has been foraged from around the Banks Peninsula region! Come and watch these masters work under pressure. Only one can take out the top prize!
THIS YEAR’S COMPETITORS:
GIULIO STURLA - MAPU
Originally from Chile, Giulio has been living in New Zealand for 11 years. Quickly became established as one of the most relevant and influential chefs in the hospitality industry today, Giulio is also the founder and driving force of Eat New Zealand, a movement to promote New Zealand ingredients and their stories both domestically and overseas. A firm believer in the value of developing a better food system that celebrates the best ingredients out there while also representing the unique culture of the country, he has been pioneering and championing Kiwi cuisine for the past decade.
Giulio was the chef and creator of Roots, an acclaimed restaurant in Lyttelton, just outside of Christchurch. There he focused on experimentation while researching foraging and integrating local produce, inspiring many across New Zealand. Open for over six years, Roots achieved many cuisine accolades and media features, including being named the only three-hated restaurant outside of the Auckland CBD. In 2018, Giulio was named Chef of the Year.
Giulio continues his endeavors in the kitchen, asserting his love for New Zealand ingredients as well as and a passion for its people across multiple projects. At the moment he is travelling around the country and overseas collaborating with like-minded chefs, as well as focusing on intimate dinners and private dinners and advancing his mission for kiwi flavours around the world.
GIULIO STURLA – MAPU
BOB FAIRS - ALFRED
Only six years ago Fairs thought a career as a chef was out of reach. “I knew I enjoyed cooking, but I wasn’t interested in formal training or study, so I thought it was unattainable.”
He got his start in the industry with an apprenticeship at high-end bistro Cook’n with Gas in Christchurch, followed by a short stint working in Copenhagen, Denmark. The naturally talented chef now runs the Alfred kitchen in Christchurch.
ROBERT FAIRS – ALFRED
JAMIE ROBERT JOHNSTON - EVERYBODY EATS
Jamie, originally from Kent in the UK moved here 10 years ago after coming over for a holiday. He fell in love with the produce and way of life.
Jamie worked with some of New Zealand’s top chefs before leaving the restaurant scene to co-found award winning sustainable food truck Judge Bao. Jamie first found out about Everybody Eats from a friend; he loved the idea, so signed up to cook at the Gemmayze St pop-up immediately. After working in commercial kitchens, seeing all the food waste, it made him wonder how he could do more. Having already cooked for Everybody Eats a lot, Jamie felt it was a perfect opportunity to jump on board and make a difference.
JAMIE ROBERT JOHNSTON – EVERYBODY EATS
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