Splore 2015 and our Splore 2016 wish list!

The magic of Splore is over for another year and another successful weekend of sun, sand, sea, family fun, art and wonderful musical delights where embraced by the fun loving crowd.

All in all the event lost nothing of it’s usual loveliness and magic by going annual. The mixed crowd of families and party goers where basked in sunshine, with great food, and a broad musical line up in an environmentally conscious festival.

The stellar eclectic line-up was fantastic, and of course the highlight of every splore is the location of Tapapakanga Regional Park, which just can’t be beaten.

Our highlights of Splore 2015 represented great showmanship.

On Friday it was a pleasure to see Roy Ayers, who just seem to fit this sunny chilled out environment perfectly.

Kid Koala performed an all vinyl set on three decks, which he named after meeting them for the first time on stage. Wearing a Koala suit he casually and expertly flung his records off the decks like frisbees and conducted a Kazoo battle 8 Mile style.

The Correspondents owned the main stage on Friday night and on the Living Lounge on Saturday. The energetic set created an electric energy, so much so that the woofer blew up on the second night. You really have to see these guys live to really ‘get’ The Correspondents. If you missed it we have a little snippet in the video below.

British Hiphop legend Rodney P took us into Saturday night, with local DJ Hudge supporting him on stage.

Sunday provided sunshine and music from Mr Scruff to dance off any over indulgences!

The event’s special location means strict drinking rules. Drinking is restricted to set areas which sometimes caused long queues, and wass frustrating if you needed to use the toilets as you have to leave the area (without your drink) and then queue again to get back in. No alcohol is allowed in the campsites which is entirely due to the Auckland Council rules. It is a condition of the resource consent and if it is breached the Council can cancel Splore’s resource consent meaning no festival at the site in the future.

I overheard many conversations of frustrations over this as people where left feeling a little over ‘nannied’. Security strictly enforce these rules too. However these are the conditions set to allow the festival to go ahead, now on an annual basis.

This is a truly unique event that allows for a rare combination of experiences, allowing everyone to have a great weekend. The campsites are organised and the toilets are very well maintained.

The site is left looking tidy and loved at the end of an epic festival.

We’re so excited about Splore 2016 that we’ve written our own Keeping Up With NZ Splore 2016 wish list.

Charles Bradley (USA) –

Charles Bradley has a voice with a story. Former James Brown impersonator, Bradley made his first solo album at the age of 62. He stared at the subject of the documentary Soul of America this voice is one you don’t want to miss.

Ugly Duckling (USA) –

A crowd winner who have done their time as an opening act. They put on a great show and have some crowd pleasing numbers. Main stage please!

Daft Punk – (FRA)

Who can’t imagine how nuts we’d all go to French dance duo Daft Punk on the main stage at Splore!!!!

Neneh Cherry

Another artist whose showed great longevity and positivity in her music. Now performing with RocketNumberNine+(AKA Ben and Tom Page), her new show has been a hit in the UK. She’d get the crowd going and I’m sure we’d get a bit of Buffalo Stance too.

Soundsci (UK/USA) –

MC/Rappers Audessy, Oxygen, U- George plus DJ/producers Jonny Cuba (Dynamic Syncopation) and Ollie Teeba(The Herbaliser) expressing the golden era true school hip hop rhymes over the sample heavy boom bap beats. Plus you know any of the members could hold the own with a side show in any of the stages at splore. DJ sets from Jonny cuba or Ollie teeba anyone? Oxygens back catalogue could be a stand alone show.

Kate Bush (UK) –

A magical come back tour in the UK last year after 35yrs absent from the stage means this lady is back, and boy would we love to see her over in NZ.