Dizzee Rascal to headline Splore 2018

Leading UK MC and Mercury Prize winner, Dizzee Rascal, will headline Splore Festival next February.

Dizzee Rascal makes his long overdue return to New Zealand after a five-year absence. Festival Director, John Minty who travels extensively to look for suitable Splore acts says Dizzee Rascal stood out as a great act for Splore and says he is very excited to finally be able to secure him for the festival.

“Dizzee Rascal’s shows have a reputation for intense energy with his mix of original grime, trap and pop. I’m looking forward to his main stage show on the beach front at Tapapakanga.”

Splore 2016 Saturday evening Sunday By Jason Burgess-29Splore 2016 Saturday evening Sunday – Photo credit Jason Burgess

On the back of Splore 2017 success with early opening,  there will be limited ticket sales for a Thursday entry from 2pm with restricted access to the upstairs camping. Entertainment will focus in the Old Mout Cider bar with a DJ programme for Thursday evening.

Joining Dizzee Rascal on Splore’s first line up announcement is Jamaican star, Chronixx, who is credited with spearheading the recent reggae revival. Coming off huge sell out shows in Europe, Chronixx (Jamar McNaughton) is riding a wave after the release of his recent Chronology album.

The phenomenon that is Too Many Zooz from NYC will make their New Zealand debut at Splore 2018. The NYC subway buskers became a viral sensation after a passerby posted a clip to Youtube in 2014. Since that time Too Many Zooz have performed to sell out shows around the world and built an almost messianic following.

too many zooz Too Many Zooz are confirmed for Splore 2018

Also announced are acclaimed Detroit hip hop artist, Black Milk, the UK’s DJ MK, Japanese art punk outfit KAOS, Dutch band, My Baby, German punkster, Bonaparte, Brazilian DJ Marcelinho da Luna, and Danish techno DJ’s Courtesy and Mama Snake.

Local acts confirmed so far are RIA Hall, The Nudge, Manuel Bundy, Greg Churchill, Lady Flic, Aroha and Tali.

A further music announcement will be made early November, followed by the performance announcement for Splore’s Living Lounge zone.


  • General admission adult festival ticket: $275 (includes general camping)
  • Youth ticket 13-17: $150
  • Children: Free

Watch this space for further announcements and check out the Splore website for more info.