ARTISTS

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MUSIC

We have two wonderful stages full of amazing local talent at Cassels Brewing Co. Banks Peninsula Festival 2021.

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MAIN STAGE – ON THE GREEN

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THE BUTLERS

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.

 

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THE BUTLERS

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DEEP WATER CREEK

DEEP WATER CREEK

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VOLTS

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.

 

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VOLTS

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DOLPHIN FRIENDLY

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.

 

 

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DOLPHIN FRIENDLY

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VIOLET FRENCH

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.

 

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VIOLET FRENCH & THE HORRIBLE

MARK BANFIELD STAGE – THE GREEN CATHEDRAL

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DELANEY DAVIDSON

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.

 

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DELANEY DAVIDSON

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MOUSEY

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.

 

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MOUSEY

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PIECES OF MOLLY

Mind Altering Riff Hypnotists, Pieces Of Molly hail from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Their attraction is undeniable, their sound is one to be reckoned with. High octane (8) primal Rock N Roll.

After releasing their second EP in 2018 and touring New Zealand and Australia. they are preparing to release their third EP before the end of the year.

 

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PIECES OF MOLLY

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KIMONO

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!

 

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KIMONO

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CANDICE MILNER

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

 

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CANDICE MILNER

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